Welcome to St Bede's
Early Years Foundation Stage
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).
* All children make at least good progress in Nursery and Reception.
* Some children (including disadvantaged children and children with SEND) make more rapid progress and often quickly catch up with their peers. This is as a result of effective intervention and strong relationships between parents and school staff.
* There is a strong emphasis on learning basic skills to ensure that children are “school ready”. Pupils are strongly encouraged to be independent and well behaved.
* The vast majority of children enter Nursery with skills and knowledge that are typically below and even well below what is expected for their age.
* This is particularly evident in the Specific Area of Mathematics. The number of children on track for a Good Level of Development by the end of Nursery and then Reception in this area however, is significantly increased.
* A significant number of children enter Reception with skills and knowledge that are typically below and even well below what is expected for their age; yet based on current data, over 70% of children then leave our Early Years Foundation Stage at age-related expectations.
* The Early Years Foundation Stage Action Plan identifies plans for further improvement and the steps required to be able to do it.
At St Bede’s, we believe that parents are a child’s first educators and we recognise how important parent influence is throughout a child’s time in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We aim to work closely with parents and carers, to ensure that every child has the best possible start in school and in life!
EYFS staff regularly update the Nursery and Reception school web pages and the school Facebook page, in order to keep parents updated on what their children have been getting up to. Staff also encourage parents to share significant things that have been happening at home and share what their children have achieved outside of school. This is done through Home / School Diaries and WOW! Cards – all of which contribute towards the on-going assessments of the children. Children take home reading books and fun home challenges every week in both Nursery and Reception, in order to encourage learning at home. Termly reports are sent home to parents in order to inform them of their child’s progress, attainment and effort and Reception class run termly Parents’ Evenings. Intervention Support Plans are shared with parents, for any children who may need additional support, with advice on how parents could help their child at home. Parents are also well informed about what the children are currently learning, through the termly distribution of Curriculum Information.
"Family Phonics" Workshop
Nursery and Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in our yearly ‘Family Phonics" workshop. Parents, grandparents and other relatives learn how phonics is taught in the early years and find out how they can promote phonics at home. They are then given the chance to take part in some fun, phonics activities with their children.
What did our parents think?
“Great! It gave me ideas about learning activities to do at home.”
“It made me feel at ease that it is ok for her not to be at the same level of others.”
“It can help me at home as I can do the same.”
“The information allows us to follow the same guidance at home.”
“I have a better understanding of what phonics is now.”
“It showed us how to support our child in the correct way.”
“I now know the way things are done at school so I can do it the same way at home.”
“There were some great examples that make learning fun and which invite participation from all of the family.”
“It was good to refresh memories on how best to teach our children at home.”
“Count Us In” Parent Workshop
Nursery and Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in our yearly ‘Count Us In’ maths workshop. Parents, grandparents and other relatives learn how maths is taught in the early years and find out how they can promote maths at home. They also get the chance to take part in some fun, maths activities with their children.
Parents and carers are invited to Nursery “Stay and Play” sessions on a termly basis and a Reception “Open Afternoon” in the summer term. Adults are given the chance to take part in some activities with their children and see them in action. Staff are available to chat about the children’s progress and the children’s learning journals are available for grown-ups to look at.
Children in Nursery and Reception take part in training to become “Little Rescuers”. Little Rescuers is a course designed to teach first aid and life-saving skills to Nursery and primary aged children through fun, play, music and teamwork. Parents and carers are invited to join in with the final “Little Rescuers” session.
Children in Nursery and Reception have worked alongside coaches from the ‘Foundation of Light’ to help with their phonics skills and dribbling techniques. Nursery and Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in the final ‘Family Footy Phonics’ session.
Parents and carers are often invited to come and join us in the school library to share stories with their children.
The children in Reception attend “Forest School” throughout the year at West Boldon Lodge. Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in the final “Forest School” session.
Parents and carers are invited to “Sports Day” every summer and are even encouraged to join in with the fun!
Nursery and Reception children are often encouraged to carry out creative challenges at home with their grown-ups, which usually include a fun, competitive aspect. This creates opportunities for interactions among our families and helps parents and pupils to realise that learning happens outside of school too.
Visits and Visitors
We invite many professionals and interesting people (including parents, carers and grandparents) into our Nursery and Reception classrooms, in order to enhance the children's learning. Examples include: scientists, nurses, paramedics, police officers, fire fighters, oral health nurses, story-tellers, sports coaches and people from a range of diverse backgrounds.
Our children’s experiences are further enhanced through opportunities to explore the community in which we are a part of and the wider community.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life (i.e. Diwali, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Christmas, Easter).
We make links with the wider community (i.e. outings to local places and inviting family members or speakers in to visit).
We learn about the world around us (i.e. Poland, China).
We follow interests for topics and activities.
We vote for activity choices (i.e. stone voting at story time).
We use group times to take turns, listen to each other and value and respect the contributions made by others.
We learn that it is ok to make mistakes.
The Rule of Law
We work together to create class rules.
We try hard to follow the class rules.
We learn how to distinguish right from wrong.
We have opportunities to take on our own responsibilities (i.e. tidy up time, making our own playdough).
We share individual achievements and successes (i.e. home / school diaries, rainbow chart, sharing news).
We reflect upon our similarities and differences.
2019 - 2020
Boost Our Boys
One of our current initiatives is to try and narrow the gap between the attainment of boys and the attainment of girls in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, with particular regards to Communication and Language (linked to Reading) and Physical Development (linked to Writing).
South Shields Football Club
South Shields Football Club ran weekly intervention sessions for boys in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in order to develop their fine and gross motor skills (linked to writing), as well as their agility, balance and coordination.
Nursery and Reception pupils took part in “World Nursery Rhyme Week”, completing the rhyme-a-day challenge.
2018 - 2019
Developing Outdoor Spaces
One of our current initiatives is to develop our outdoor learning spaces so that they provide exciting, stimulating and useful spaces for learning. Please see our Early Years Foundation Stage Garden booklet and EYFS / KS1 yard map below.
Another of our current initiatives is to increase the percentage % of pupils achieving at an "expected" or "exceeding" level in Mathematics by the end of Reception. Please see the Action Plan above to find out how we intend to achieve this.
Please see below the End of Year Mathematics Expectations for Nursery and Reception pupils.
2018 "Count Us In" Parent Workshop
Nursery and Reception grown-ups were invited to take part in our ‘Count Us In’ maths 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.
What did our parents think?
“We had lots of fun and I got some great ideas to do at home!”
“I really enjoyed spending a learning based morning with her and seeing the different ways she learns maths in school. Thanks for having us!”
“It was good to get ideas for home and seeing their progression.”
“It was a great experience with the kids. It was nice to see how the kids are being taught.”
“The activities were very helpful to the children.”
“It’s lovely getting parents in to work alongside the children in school.”
“I learnt some new games we can play at home.”
“It was fun, interactive and enjoyable. Thanks for the invite!”
“Keep up the good work!”
“It was lovely learning and having fun together.”
“I liked seeing how he learns and interacts.”
The children in Year 5 worked with Nursery pupils and the children in Year 4 worked with Reception pupils on some thought-provoking maths challenges. Our Key Stage 2 helpers were invited to be the “teachers” for the morning, asking our younger pupils lots of questions to develop their reasoning skills.
Nursery and Reception pupils took part in weekly “Nimble Numbers” sessions with Nathan from the Foundation of Light. Nimble Numbers is a programme designed to develop Numeracy skills within the Early Years Framework, as well as being fun and challenging PE lessons.
Children in Nursery and Reception are encouraged to explore the mathematical world around them at home, along with their class Maths Monster.