EYFS

Subject Leader: Mr T Whiteley

Intent

Nursery

EYFS – Intent – Nursery Policies & DocumentsDownload
Long Term PlanDownload
Medium Term Planning Me and My Community*Download

Reception

EYFS – Reception – Intent Policies & DocumentsDownload
Long Term PlanDownload
Medium Term Plan Long AgoDownload
Focused Provision and Enhancement Plan – Animal Safari*Download
EYFS_frameworkDownload
Development Matters Report 2023Download

*Documents to demonstrate the detailed sequential and knowledge rich planning in EYFS. These are just two examples. Mr Whiteley can share all of our medium term plans in person if you require more information (some are restricted due to copywrite law).

Curriculum Newsletters

EYFS – Curriculum Newsletters Policies & DocumentsDownload
Autumn 1 2022 Lets ExploreDownload
Autumn 2 Marvellous MachinesDownload
Spring 1 Long AgoDownload
Spring 2 Ready Steady GrowDownload
Summer 1 Animals SafariDownload

Early Years is the bedrock of education.  It is a unique, short timespan where the brain is malleable and language is most readily acquired.  At Applegarth Primary School, our staff know the children very well as individuals and plan learning and provision to develop existing talents and interests whilst discovering new ones.  We provide children with a range of rich, first-hand learning experiences both indoors and outdoors (including Forest School) to develop their love and excitement for learning. Our day comprises a balance of direct teaching, guided learning and child-initiated play to support pupils’ academic and personal development.  Purposeful adult interaction allows us to challenge thinking, build on prior learning and develop growth mindsets.  High-quality books are at the heart of our curriculum to develop key early learning skills in reading and writing; we teach new vocabulary and promote early language by modelling storytelling and encouraging role play. Early reading is taught through a synthetic phonics program: Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.  A number of other key resources support the progression of skills and knowledge for our curriculum.  These include Curriculum Maestro, Development Matters (2021) and The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework (2021). The framework sets out seven areas of learning – grouped into two categories – prime areas and specific areas.  The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and life:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The specific areas provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their existing knowledge and skills:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

EYFS and the Local Context

A fundamental aspect of our curriculum is offering children enriching first hand experiences. We want children to experience life outside the classroom, making purposeful links, comparisons and challenging their preconceptions. We have a wildlife area on site which the children use weekly. This opportunity enables children to see, hear, feel and observe the wonders of the word in a more holistic way.  The Forest School trained staff prepare real life opportunities to support children to work independently and collaboratively.   We want children to appreciate their locality and take care of the world around them.  At Applegarth, we believe it is important that our families feel a sense of community and belonging from their child’s first day at school.  We foster this by ensuring efficient channels of communication are always open.   Staff presence on the playground allows parents/carers to talk face to face with our practitioners at the beginning and end of each day as well as using digital platforms such as Seesaw, Insight and the School Blog, to celebrate the achievements of the children.  We have strong links to our local churches, library, fire and police stations, neighbouring schools and transport networks to widen the children’s appreciation of their local community.  We take pride in our relationship with our local churches: we visit the church for Christmas, Harvest and Easter celebrations (and perform our nativity at the local Methodist Church).   We offer visits to local settings including Runswick Bay, theatres and wildlife parks as a catalyst to launch a learning project or to solidifying learning.

Becoming Applegarth Pupils and Good Citizens

Our EYFS curriculum equips children with the building blocks to prepare them for being active, reflective and respectful citizens. We teach these skills through play, books, drama and purposeful focused activities. The diverse range of books and resources in our areas of provision, promote discussions on topics such as diversity, online safety, healthy eating and respectful relationships.  In class, the children learn about the British value of democracy using our book voting system where they get to choose a book for story time.  Other daily routines such as snack time and tidy up time offer opportunities for children to be responsible for themselves, others around them and their environment.  Additionally, we incorporate various festivals and events from around the world into our learning such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Chinese New Year.  We use the celebrations to talk about the values, beliefs and customs of different cultures and religions.   We want children to have a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world beyond Northallerton. They have an awareness of world issues and a belief that anybody, no matter how small, can make a difference. Our summer 2023 performance exemplifies these values in practice:

Wellbeing 

Promoting wellbeing and mindfulness is another fundamental part of our curriculum. We want our children to be emotionally strong and resilient with an inner strength to cope and deal with setbacks.  Stories such as Flight School and Giraffes Can’t Dance enable our pupils to empathise with fictional characters and learn that failure is part of success.  We promote a growth mind-set in our setting, where the learning process is highly valued.   Spending time outside contributes to mental wellbeing and access to our outdoor provision is planned into our daily timetable, no matter the weather.  Resources such as music and art materials are added to enhance the areas of provision, allowing children to express their ideas and feelings in a creative way.  Expert teachers of yoga, dance, cycling and meditation deliver sessions during curriculum time to develop gross motor skills, self-esteem and confidence.  Circle time (through Jigsaw) is another time in our day when we practise listening, communicating and building positive relationships.  We ensure that we set the highest expectations of all of our learners and deliver ambitious goals in a supportive environment to guarantee that our pupils master the necessary skills to prepare them for the next phase of their education.

Implementation

Impact

Since the new leadership have been in place, outcomes have improved significantly despite lockdowns and the disruption caused by Covid-19. Moreover, the growth in outcomes is testament to the skill and dedication of our Early Years team.

2017/20182018/20192019/20202020/20212021/2022
Applegarth67.5%65.8%No Data71.1%81%
National Average71.5%71.8%No Data*71.8%
(2018/19 National Average)
Gap– 4%-6%Broadly in line

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