Welcome to the Foundation Stage Unit! The place to be for the youngest children in Lanner School!
At Lanner School, our aim is to create a learning environment and build relationships which support, enhance and invite a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs. We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive to reach their full potential. Children who enter our EYFS begin their lifelong learning journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst also embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.
To ensure children make outstanding progress in EYFS, we take into consideration their starting points and needs as they begin their learning journey. Every child has access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which prepares them for now and the future. Following personal interests and individual needs, allows us to plan and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support their learning and development and achieve their next steps. The reception age children and nursery children work closely together, supporting each others learning adventures.
Our EYFS curriculum aims to enable our children to be:
Competent and creative learners who are curious about the world around them.
Secure and confident who enjoy coming to school and learning new skills and knowledge that builds on their existing learning.
Skillful communicators who connect with others through language and play.
All children will be taught systematic, synthetic phonics to learn to read words and simple sentences accurately by the end of Reception. Children will be explicitly taught the skills of blending (putting the letter sounds together to read words) and of segmenting (separating letter sounds to spell) through a daily short adult led session using Read Write Inc resources.
At Lanner we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This is made up of four overriding principles which our early years education is based upon:
The curriculum provides a play-based and experiential learning environment, combined with focused teaching and basic skills, to ensure children make rapid progress before moving onto Year 1. The children in both Nursery and Reception are provided with many learning opportunities accessible in our indoor and outdoor provision. They engage in planned, focused activities as well as self-initiated and free flow activities.
The learning experiences within our Early Years are linked to the seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS. These areas are split into three prime areas and four specific areas. The three prime areas are those which the children should develop first and are considered most essential for the healthy development and future learning of our children. These include:
As children grow and make progress in the prime areas, this will help them to naturally develop skills within the four specific areas. These are:
Children in Lanner School Foundation Stage Unit will grow to be confident, competent lifelong learners and good citizens. Progress towards the ELGs will ensure a positive disposition to learn.
The children experience a smooth transition between Nursery, Reception and beyond. Effective communication and collaboration ensure the children leave the EYFS with a solid foundation of learning of which to build upon.
Assessment starts with careful observations which are then used to inform planning.
By monitoring assessment procedures regularly, we can effectively demonstrate what learning is taking place and how each child is progressing in all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.