Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years at Green Park Village Primary Academy

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Green Park Village Primary Academy we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development, however we also believe early childhood is valid in itself, as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education. The EYFS applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. At Green Park Village Primary Academy, initially the EYFS applies to children joining us at the beginning of the school year in which they are five.

The curriculum

At Green Park Village we will take every opportunity to ensure that our bespoke curriculum provides the basis and foundations to support all children to feel the confidence to take on new learning experiences, to link their prior knowledge and to become agents of their own learning, both in school and beyond as they grow into citizens of their community.

Our Early Years curriculum is carefully structured to provide opportunities for children to learn through planned, purposeful play in all areas of learning and development in the indoor and outdoor environment.  Some learning is led by adults and some by the children themselves. Appropriate intervention by specialist practitioners supports children to engage in the learning process and extend their learning.

Our curriculum enables children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these areas of learning. The principles of learning in EYFS inform the whole school vision for learning at Green Park Village Primary Academy.

The Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and Emotional Development

The Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Achievement of these prime and specific areas of learning is by:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

The Learning Environment as a teacher

We recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development and that the use of resources and the environment needs to be carefully planned. We have beautiful and spacious grounds and stunning purpose build school building, with a range of resources and equipment for the children to access in their learning. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first-hand experience. We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence. Children will have the freedom to move between the indoor and outdoor learning environment throughout the school day.

We will aim for the children to be:

  • Making choices about their learning and working both independently and collaboratively;
  • Actively involved and engaged in their own learning journey;
  • Investigators and explorers with their learning environments, developing new skills and building knowledge;
  • Communicating what they have learned and communicating effectively with others;
  • Thriving and making excellent progress from their starting points.

The role of adults:

Skilled adults will work as learning partner and learning provocateur with the children, moving children’s learning forward by listening, recording, observing and eliciting.

Each child will have their own Key Worker and all practice with be overseen by the Early Years Leader.