Our Vision for Early Years

 

At APWG we believe that children's earliest experiences of school are key to them developing the knowledge and skills they need for the rest of their school journey and into later life. Children who feel safe, secure, and happy are able to learn, and develop well and make the most of their talents and abilities. In our Nursery and Reception classes we follow all aspects of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021).

 

Our intention is that every child in our Early Years classes of Nursery and Reception have an equal opportunity to experience new things, gain new knowledge and develop new skills. We recognise all children and families are unique and endeavour to consider individual needs at each stage of a child's journey with us.

 

Our Early Years Curriculum

 

At APWG we follow a structured and sequenced curriculum devised by teachers to meet the needs of the pupils in our school. Our curriculum is drawn from Educational Programmes set out in the Statutory Framework, but also wider knowledge and skills that will benefit our children. Along with the rest of the school we use the Complete PE curriculum scheme to help develop our children's physical skills in both Nursery and Reception classes. For Personal and Emotional development, we follow the JIGSAW Scheme (see documents below).

 

Staff plan inviting and challenging activities for children based on our school curriculum and the needs and interests of the children. Children work both independently and with adults, on their own and in small groups to achieve the next steps in their journey.

 

The Areas of Learning

 

There are seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

Three of these areas are called the Prime Areas and are our primary focus, particularly with our youngest children. These are:

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

 

A further four areas are known as the Specific Areas as they begin to introduce children to specific knowledge that they will need in order to access the National Curriculum in future school years.  These are:

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

 

Phonics and Early Reading

 

We follow the Time for Phonics scheme in Early Years. This introduces children in our Nursery to key listening skills and the ability to identify sounds they can hear. We also cover rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in this year group before moving on to introducing letter sound correspondence when children are ready. Children in Reception class start to learn the sounds that each letter and group of letters makes and learn the skill of blending these sounds together to decode words. When children are confident at decoding words, they will bring home a reading book to practise with family members at home.

 

Early Years Assessment

 

Teachers observe and assess children's progress continually as they play and learn together; however, there are two official assessment points in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children will complete the National Baseline Assessment as they enter Reception Class. This is a short 1:1 assessment with a teacher which assesses children's skills and abilities in the subjects of mathematics, and communication. At the end of the Foundation Stage children are assessed by their teachers against the Early Learning Goals. Teachers will decide if children have met the expectation of the goal or are still working towards it. They will use teacher judgement based on their knowledge of each individual children to make these judgements.

 

 

 

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