Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage looks at your child’s development in 3 Prime areas: Personal , social, emotional development; Communication & language; and, Physical development and 4 Specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and, Expressive arts and design. These cover all aspects of your child’s development and your child is assessed through observations, focused activities, talking to your child and by assessing the work that they produce.

We collate all your child’s information on Tapestry which is an online learning journal that you can look at any time throughout the year. We encourage parents to share what their child does at home by completing sections of the learning journey online.

tapestry online

The internal and external moderation of EYFS assessment is highly valued and welcomed by the Trust.

Internal moderation

At three fixed points during the year, all Focus Academy Trust lead teachers meet with the EYFS consultant from Focus Education. These meetings are opportunities to discuss current early years educational research, to share best practice and to conduct EYFS moderation exercises.

For more details please read the statement below.

Focus-Trust EYFS moderation position statement v2

This half term we are working with the learning challenge question: What is hiding in the garden?

We are encouraging the children to:

*name and describe different minibeasts,

*group minibeasts according to their features e.g. wings/ no wings.

* learn about life cycles

* learn about different habitat environments for minibeasts e.g. under rocks, in ponds.

Outdoor learning:

We will be hunting for minibeasts in different environments.

Click on the link below to see the vocabulary that is currently being taught in EYFS.

EYFS Vocabulary Pyramid Spring 2 2020

Click on the link below to access the slides on Phonics shared at the most recent parents’ information sessions:

Phonics Slide Show for EYFS Parents