Welcome to New Parents’ Meeting July 2014 What is the Early Years Foundation Stage? The Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. Provide a safe, happy, caring learning environment for children. Recognise every child as an individual with his/her own personalilty. The EYFS vision! Ensure children’s early experiences should be of high quality, which build on children’s interests. Ensure all children feel valued, respected and included. Provide learning through play, both indoors and outdoors. We encourage children to develop at their own pace. Manage the transition between leaving their home environment and settling into our school. We encourage each child to develop at their own pace and to explore the delights of being a child, whilst discovering that learning for life is fun and fascinating. The EYFS vision continued. Develop the children’s awareness of diversity in the community and respect for each others values and customs. . To support those needing extra help and challenge and extend the high achievers. When will I start? What will your child be learning? Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. There are 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas within the early years curriculum. Personal, Social and Emotional Development The children will be learning to: • become self-confident; • have awareness of their own feelings and feelings of others; • take an interest in things; • become independent; • tell the difference between right and wrong. Physical Development The children will be learning to: • move confidently; • control their body; • handle equipment. • manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs including dressing and undressing independently Communication and language The children will be learning to: •talk confidently and clearly; •show awareness of the listener •enjoy listening to stories, songs and poems, showing good attention; •follow instructions; •answer questions about stories Literacy Your child will be learning to: hear and say sounds, and link them to the alphabet; read and write familiar words and sentences; learn to use a pencil effectively. Mathematics The children will be learning to: • develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play; • become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as 'heavier than' or 'bigger’; • be aware of shapes and space. Understanding the World The children will: • explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it; • build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for; • find out about past events in their lives and their families' lives; • find out about different cultures and beliefs. Expressive Arts and Design The children will explore: • colours and shapes; • making things; • role play; • making music and singing songs “Adults who help children to play are adults who help children to learn.” Learning Journeys & home learning Uniform & Information • Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly labelled in all items of clothing, including shoes! • Your child will be taking part in lots of interesting and sometimes messy experiences, so may come home dirty! It is all part of the fun! • In your pack there will be all the contact details and health information that needs to be provided to the school. Please return this information to the school as soon as possible. Please remember…. If you have any concerns or questions, we will be happy to help you.