Our children benefit from meaningful learning across the curriculum. Our long-term and
medium-terms plans are created with the children as the focus. We ensure that we incorporate
all of our local resources including the capitals museums, galleries and parks and we have links
to the local community. We use key texts linked to the topics to ensure a wide range of vocabulary
is introduced and used in their Communication, Language and Literacy. We use observations
and book work to assess the children’s progress and engagement. Our high attaining results
show that learning is meaningful.
Our staff are highly knowledgeable about the areas of learning they teach. They manage the
EYFS curriculum and pedagogy in relation to the learning needs of their children. Our teaching
staff are expert in teaching systematic, synthetic phonics and ensure that children practice their
reading from books that match their phonics knowledge. Performance management highlights
the C.P.Ds needs for all members of the EYFS team to ensure they are confidently supporting
Following the whole school SIP we take a particular focus on reading, encouraging the love
of books and reading through our engaging book areas with clearly linked books to topics. In
Reception library books and home reading books sent home once a week (when they are ready)
with a reading diary shared with the parents. We run parent phonic workshops throughout the
year, 'show and tell' on favourite books, author visits with workshops and parent readers.
Our staff read to children in a way that excites and engages them, introducing new ideas,
concepts and vocabulary.
Our staff present information clearly to children, making particular use of the I.W.B with key
visuals and vocabulary this promotes appropriate discussion about the subject matter being
taught. We communicate well to check children’s understanding, identify misconceptions
and provide clear explanations to improve their learning. In so doing, we respond and adapt
the teaching as necessary.
Our staff are knowledgeable about the teaching of early mathematics. We ensure that children
have sufficient practice to be confident in using and understanding number spending more time
deepening understanding of number so they can access more complex learning later on.
Through the use of working walls and learning journals children are included in learning and can
talk confidently about what they have learnt and begin to make their own links in their learning.
We use challenges to motivate and extend the children’s learning.
Our staff have created an enabling learning environment, with easily accessible resources to
support independent learning. They provide excellent communication for parents about their
child’s progress, what they are learning at school and how they can support them. A weekly
letter is posted online of their current and future learning with home learning linked. We use the
online Tapestry programme to share observations of the children and actively encourage the
parents to do the same. We hold termly parents evenings giving detailed updates on their
children’s progress providing relevant information and support resources to be used at home
and summative assessments are handed out at the end of the year.