The EYFS at Bishop Wilson
At Bishop Wilson C. of E Primary School, we understand the importance of building good foundations for future learning and our provision for Nursery and Reception aged children reflects this. We believe that each child is a unique individual and whilst it is important that children learn what is in the statutory curriculum, it is the needs of the children that should determine the emphasis of how and what is taught.
It is our role to create a happy, safe and nurturing environment where children develop their independence as learners. Across the Early Years Foundation stage we use the children’s interests to plan experiences which excite, motivate and promote their love of learning. This is facilitated by our planning in the moment approach which puts the children at the heart of the process and gives them ownership of their learning.
At Bishop Wilson C. of E Primary School our Early Years curriculum is language rich aimed at supporting children’s developing communication skills and increasing their vocabulary. We recognise the importance of the environment, we consider this to be ‘the third teacher,’ and we plan our continuous provision carefully to stimulate children’s interactions and promote their curiosity. Each part of our learning environment has been carefully planned to challenge the development needs of our children and create a love of learning. Children are provided with opportunities to actively participate, explore, and question things and their learning is facilitated by skilled professionals through quality interactions.
We place a strong emphasis on the social and emotional development of children and their relationships with other children, their families and staff. This collaborative approach is supported by Nursery and Reception being blended together to form one unit. Teachers have regular meetings with children’s families to discuss children’s learning and progress and to engage them in the planning process.
In addition, the children’s learning is supported by a variety of whole class, small group and one to one sessions allowing us to target and support the developmental needs of all children.
For the school’s approach to assessment in the EYFS, please see the school’s Marking, Feedback & Assessment Policy (2023).