Early Years at St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School.
Welcome to the Early Years at St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
Each child is taught through a mixture of playful activities, games, small group and whole group activities.
The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
During your child’s time in the Early Years, All staff in the EYFS are responsible for making observations to help find out about the skills of each child. We use this information to help us plan for their next steps in learning and to record key achievements.
We believe that alongside the Early years staff, parents are infact the most important educators for young children. We believe that a strong relationship and excellent communication between our families and school help to ensure that the children settle quickly and are able to make the best start to their school life. We welcome you to contribute as often as you can to your child’s learning journey. This documents their learning and progress throughout their time in the Early Years and if you see any new learning at home we would love for you to send us a note or email to help us record this.
At the end of the EYFS your child’s class teacher will use all of the information that they have gathered through observation to assess your child against the early learning goals. This will be reported to you as part of their end of year school report.
Phonics is taught daily to all children in the EYFS. We follow the DfES Letters and Sounds document to plan activities that concentrate on and promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending.
Further information for parents
You can find out more about the development bands that we use to help us plan and assess by following the link below.