The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.

It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that we provide for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year at the school. The EYFS curriculum enables our practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.

For young children, it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having a key person within the class who gets to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you as a family. In Reception, at Paxton Academy, your key workers will be the class teacher and the teaching assistant in your class.

The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These are the three prime areas of:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy including the Read Write Inc phonics programme
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.

Organisation of classes

Our Foundation Stage is currently made up of one Reception class, Ruby. Our reception class has daily literacy, math and phonics sessions, as well as PE, Science and Spanish with specialist teachers. We follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics program. Each class has their own qualified teacher and teaching assistant, with at times additional adults for further support. The school day begins at 8.45 and finishes at 3.45. Our EYFS lead is Ms Johnson.

Parents as partners

We believe that parents are children’s first and most enduring educators and when parents and practitioners work together in Early Years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. At Paxton Academy, there are many opportunities to build good relations with families as well as getting them involved with their child’s learning such as home visits, coffee mornings, parents’ evenings and parent workshops. Parents are informed on a weekly basis on what their child has achieved that week via curriculum corners and have direct contact with their class teachers via the CLASS DOJO app and e-mail.