All EYFS children follow “Development Matters” Curriculum which goes from Birth to 5yrs. Curriculum is split into 7 areas of Learning.
As well as this – particular focus is paid to developing and encouraging the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”
We work hard to harness children’s natural enthusiasm by planning activities and providing resources which link to the interests and favourite topics of the children.
Learning outside provides children with unique opportunities and experiences and at Lower Farm we believe outdoor learning has equal value to indoor learning. Supported by engaged adults our children enjoy many exciting learning experiences outdoors. All of the EYFS classrooms have access to outdoor learning environments and we also make good use of our forest, and enjoy weekly Forest Schools sessions.
At Lower Farm we value highly the input and contribution of our parents and enjoy developing warm and positive working relationships with our families.
During your child’s time in EYFS there will be many opportunities for you to work alongside us in school and at home. Weekly workshop sessions will allow you to work alongside your child in school giving you a clear understanding of how the children are taught and how you can best continue to support them when at home. Reading mornings allow an opportunity for you to read with your child in school alongside our staff and to access our online reading scheme or to change reading books. We regularly ask for your feedback on these sessions and for your comments on how your child is progressing to allow us to make well-rounded judgements of their development and attainment.
We love to give our children the widest range of learning experiences possible – be it a windy walk to collect fallen leaves, a trip to the theatre or a visit from the “Animal Man”. We strive to make an exciting learning experience out of a seemingly mundane experience to us adults and to broaden the horizons of our children accordingly.
Sustained Shared Thinking is crucial to ensure that our children are experiencing high-quality teaching and therefore learn well. In EYFS we are keen to develop these skills and encourage our children to take part in sustained shared thinking conversations at the earliest possible opportunity to allow them to have the best start to their school career and make the most of the learning opportunities made available to them for the rest of their lives. Sustained shared thinking is about engaging in extra talk – rather than just responding to directions.
It is defined by Professor Iram Siraj Blatchford as an episode in which two or more individuals work together in an intellectual way to solve a problem, clarify a concept, evaluate activities or extend a narrative. Some of the strategies our staff use to develop these crucial thinking skills include –
If you would like further information please speak to Mrs Swain (Early Years Leader) or any of the EYFS staff who would be happy to discuss this further.