Early Years and the Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We Only Reach for The Highest
The Foundation Stage at Worthington is made up of the Nursery and two reception classes. Throughout the Foundation Stage learning takes place through a combination of child initiated and adult modelled play activities and direct teaching. The classrooms are organised into areas of continuous provision including water, sand, role play, reading, writing, maths, small world, small and large construction, creative and malleable play. These areas of continuous provision are reflected in the outdoor environment where learning takes place on a daily basis.
It is in these areas that the children are given opportunities to explore the prime areas (Personal & Social, Communication & Language and Physical Development) and the specific areas of learning (Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding the World and Expressive art & design) as identified in the Foundation Stage curriculum.
Assessment in the Foundation stage is carried out through observations, short recorded individual assessment and group assessments. These observations inform teachers’ planning and provide the ‘next steps’ for your child’s learning. Assessment evidence is kept in your child’s Early Years Record which parents are invited to share during their child’s observation week. A summative assessment of each child’s attainment is made at the end of the Reception year against the early learning goals. This assessment is shared with parents in the summer term.