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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our youngest pupils settle quickly into school life and make excellent progress from the day they start. They soon become part of the school community and are some of our most confident children. As classroom rules and routines are established, the children feel safe and at home, growing more and more independent. By the time they leave Reception and move into Year 1, the majority of children are ready for more formal learning, having developed physically, socially and emotionally through structured play opportunities and focused learning tasks.

We offer an exciting learning environment where children feel happy, safe and secure and ready to learn. From their very first day at school, we encourage the children to believe, achieve and succeed. With four vibrant classes and a very experienced team of Early Years practitioners, your child will be nurtured to reach their potential. A seamless transition from pre-schools and nurseries is imperative to ensuring that your child is supported into their new setting. Staff are committed to ensuring that children have the best start to their school life by building strong relationships with different settings and meeting both the children and their keyworkers in their current settings where possible. We work in close partnership with parents and conduct home visits in September where we have the opportunity to engage with the whole family. We also hold several workshops throughout the year to support and guide parents on how to help their children at home. As the Reception year progresses, your child will work towards the early learning goals. We offer additional intervention for children who require more support and encourage all children to learn without limits with our inclusive but challenging ethos.

Each classroom has set areas of learning which include a writing table and maths table, a vibrant book corner, a colourful construction area, and an exciting role play and creative area. Children are encouraged to make independent choices in their learning, with all activities closely linked to our topics. Each week the children complete two adult focussed activities inside the classroom- one writing and one maths. They also spend time in our outside learning area, with more open-ended challenges guided by the adults. Every child reads twice weekly and streamed phonics groups encourage each child to learn at their appropriate level.

Weekly indoor PE (dance and gymnastics) and outside games encourage the children to develop their gross motor control skills. The children also love using the climbing frame and other playground areas such as the trail on site. They also develop basic computer skills, using desktop machines in the computing suite each week. By the end of Reception, they are able to log on and off, select a suitable program, control a mouse and find letters on the keyboard.

All children are encouraged to develop the characteristics of effective learning in readiness for the National Curriculum in Year 1. We believe children learn best through practical experiences and play. By the end of Reception they are resilient learners who can think critically to problem solve and will continue trying if they encounter difficulties. Staff in Stanburn are passionate about helping children to achieve beyond their limits as well as nurturing and guiding them through their school life.