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Early Years Foundation Stage

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Early Years Summary

  • When children first join our Nursery class (or Reception class), on entry assessments are made. This helps us to identify the abilities of every individual child on arrival to our setting and helps us to plan their learning.
  • This also helps us to track the progress of every child from entry into the school, to the end of their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • This is all done through OTrack, an online pupil tracking system which allows us to closely monitor progress and attainment.
  • In order to ensure that all children make at least good progress, interventions are put in place to address individual needs (where necessary).
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Action Plan identifies plans for further improvement and the steps required to be able to do it.

End of Reception Data 2016/2017

  • Children make good progress in Reception.
  • The vast majority of children enter our Early Years Foundation Stage with skills and knowledge that are typically below and even well below what is expected for their age; yet based on current data, over 65% of children then leave our Early Years Foundation Stage at age-related expectations.
  • Children achieve well in the Prime Areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language – all of which are fundamental to children's successful learning in the Specific Areas.
  • Children achieve particularly well in their Personal, Social and Emotional Development, with a high number of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development in all three areas of Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour and Making Relationships (our school exceeding previous national averages).
  • Girls outperform boys in all areas of the curriculum (and exceed previous national averages in many areas). We will be running a “boys” parent workshop in the near future and we are already running weekly “Footy Phonics” sessions with the Foundation of Light, in order to engage and inspire our boys further.
  • The percentage of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development in the Specific Areas of Reading, Writing and Number are slightly lower than previous national averages. We have begun sending phase 1 wordless reading books home in nursery this year and have restructured the way phonics is taught in Nursery and Reception, in order to improve standards.

 

End of Nursery Data 2016/2017:

  • Children make good progress in Nursery.
  • A substantial number of children enter Nursery with skills and knowledge that are typically below and even well below what is expected for their age, particularly in the Specific Area of Mathematics. However, the number of children on track for a Good Level of Development by the end of the year in this area is significantly increased. Staff ran a successful “Count Us In” workshop in the summer term, in order to support parents with mathematics at home.

 

Early Years Priorities for 2017/2018:

  • To significantly narrow the gap between the number of boys and the number of girls achieving a Good Level of Development by the end of Reception (54.21% difference).
  • To further narrow the gap between the number of disadvantaged children and non-disadvantaged children achieving a Good Level of Development by the end of Reception (32.60% difference).
  • To ensure that older children, children of higher ability and gifted and talented children are sufficiently challenged in their learning (particularly in Reading, Writing, Number and Shape, Space and Measure).

Count Us In! Parent Workshop

On Thursday 22nd June, grown-ups were invited to take part in our ‘Count Us In’ workshop. Parents, grandparents and other relatives learned how maths is taught in the early years. They discovered that maths is actually all around us, every day and found out how they can promote maths at home. They were then given the chance to take part in some fun, maths activities with their children. Everyone received a certificate for completing the workshop. Well done, everyone!

 

We were overwhelmed with the response from grown-ups, with 61.5% attendance.

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