Our aim is for children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We aim to develop a broad and balanced curriculum to stimulate your child to acquire knowledge and develop individual skills.
Children’s achievements are celebrated and everyone enjoys success and praise regularly during their time in school. We encourage children to become independent and confident in both their work and social development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation Stage is all about developing the key learning skills such as speaking and listening, concentration, attitudes to learning including the social and emotional aspects of learning.
The six areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum are:
- Personal and social development
- Communication, language and literacy development
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
With the EYFS principles in mind, we offer exciting areas for independent child initiated activities and high quality teaching and learning both indoors and outdoors.
Our teaching areas inside provide learning prompts and fabulous, high quality resources to extend and challenge thinking. Creative development is constantly extended with a variety of art and music opportunities and imaginative play. The quality of our Foundation Stage Provision has been recognised as consistently ‘Good’ by recent and previous Ofsted inspections.
The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception unit has its own specially equipped outdoor area which is planned for and in constant use.
The teaching to achieve these early learning goals will be through ‘quality first teaching’, firsthand experience and structured play. The areas of experience will be linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The teacher and teaching assistants will keep records on children’s experiences and attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year. During the first half of the Autumn term the teacher will carry out an ‘attainment on entry assessment’ for every child. This assessment will establish where they are in all aspects of their learning and development and inform future planning. The results of this early assessment will be shared with parents at the parents evening in the Autumn term and targets will be set. By the end of the year the teacher will have built up an accurate profile of each child’s development.
We encourage children towards reading, communication and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Much of this earlier learning is achieved through carefully structured play. Young children who cannot read or write often express their ideas and feelings through play. It is an important way of developing new skills and building up relationships with other children both individually and in groups. A structured phonics lesson is taught daily. Reading is taught through a variety of different structured reading schemes supplemented with a wide range of other books. Books are organised in a structured, graded way to allow children many opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We encourage parents to work with their child at home by hearing them read on a daily basis, and are always pleased to discuss ways in which they can help their child at each stage of their reading development.
This first year of school life is so important and Ilsham Academy is proud of the provision that is made for pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage.