Our Vision for Early Years

 

Children

In the Early Years our children are happy.  They are excited and motivated to learn through rich and challenging learning experiences; opportunities to explore and take risks, and first-hand experiences.

 

We have high ambitions for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children's stage of development so all can thrive and develop. We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others.

 

Parents

Our partnership with parents means that parents have the opportunity to work closely with our Early Years practitioners to support children's transition into the setting. We would like parents to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

Our parents are welcome to be actively involved in their children's learning in school and are able to share learning experiences through 'stay and play' sessions, learning journeys, parent workshops. We recognise that parents are the first educators in children's lives and value contributions to judgements about children's development. We use this information to support our assessments and share information about what children need to do next to develop and thrive.

 

What is it like in the Early Years on a day to day basis?

Every day, we provide opportunities for children to come together to share their experiences and have fun. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements. The curriculum is centred around children's interests with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.

 

Learning Environment

Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play and provides children with carefully planned opportunities which allow children to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources.

 

Nursery & Reception

Children learning in Nursery and Reception classes are know as the Early Years.  We follow the National Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is a very important stage in a child's life as it helps prepare for school 'readiness' as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children's early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.  Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.  Children develop quickly in the early years and a child's experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances.

 

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

 

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding

children and promoting their welfare.

 

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

 

These prime areas are those most essential for a child's healthy development and future learning.

 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

 

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children's learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at APWG will make sure that the activities are suited to your child's unique needs.

 

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.  The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn.

 

Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of the Foundation Stage and help to develop early reading and writing skills.  If you visited Nursery or a Reception class, you would see a range of activities taking place such as role-play, practical games, painting, cutting and sticking and reading in the book corner. You would also see the outdoor classroom in operation, with equipment such as bikes, cars, sand and water.

 

Children work and play independently, with a strong emphasis on choice and being able to sustain concentration on projects, as well as joining a variety of nursery nurse and teacher-led activities. We encourage a partnership with parents so they are actively involved in their children's learning.

 

Early Learning Goals

The EYFS curriculum consists of 17 aspects of learning, we provide our pupils with the opportunities the meet the Early Learning Goals in all of these aspects.

 

To find out more about the New Early Learning Goals click the link below.

 

New Early Years Framework

 

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Albert Pritchard Infant School

Albert Pritchard Infant School

Crew Road

Wednesbury

West Midlands

WS10 9QG

 

Tel: 0121 556 0858

 

Enquiries - Mrs S. Bibi

office@albertpritchard.sandwell.sch.uk

 

SENCO/Inclusion Managers:

Miss R. Carter, Miss K. Hunt

Wood Green Junior School

Hobs Road

Wednesbury

West Midlands

WS10 9BW

 

Tel: 0121 556 0377

 

Enquiries - Mrs S. Bibi

office@woodgreen-jun.sandwell.sch.uk

 

SENCO/Inclusion Managers:

Miss R. Carter, Miss K. Hunt

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