Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning; 3 prime areas and 4 specific.
The prime areas of learning are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Early Years Foundation Stage at Waterside Primary School
At Waterside Primary School we are lucky enough to have one large Nursery class (ducklings), split into three key worker groups (grey, yellow and brown ducklings) and two Reception classes (Yellow and Brown ducks). Most children tend to join our Nursery the term after their third birthday, however we do have an additional few children that join us, as they enter into their reception year.
Half termly topics and themed weeks are used in both our Early Years classes as a creative vehicle in delivering the EYFS curriculum. As we are working towards an 'Early Years Unit'', all Early Years classes will focus on similar themed topics, allowing for topic based, collaborative learning in our shared outdoor environment.
Both our Nursery and Reception classrooms have been designed and organised to promote positive, engaging environments for the children to learn in. All classes have designated areas of learning to support different areas of the EYFS curriculum. At Waterside Primary school, we believe in the importance of outdoor learning and use our lovely outdoor area regularly every day for our continuous provision and for adult directed activities.
Children will have phonics and maths sessions for twenty minutes a day and these short and sharp group activities have proven to work well with our children and help them to retain information in short bursts. We follow the jolly phonics and letters and sounds scheme of work following the sequence of sounds and memory words which match our home reading books which get sent home weekly. We also write pre-cursively which helps us to begin to join our letters when we go into Keystage 1.
At the heart of good EYFS practice is on-going observation and assessment, enabling our staff to plan effectively for each child’s next steps for learning. At Waterside Primary this is incorporated in several aspects of our practice:
As a school, we continually seek open and active two-way communication with parents.
Below are some examples of how endeavor to achieve this within the Early Years:
For more information regarding the Early Years Provision outlined by the Department of Education, please click here.
Our School Day
Here at Waterside Primary School we current operate on a part time basis for all children in the Nursery. Every child is entitled to 15 hours of free funding , with additional hours for working parents (30 hours). This is currently paid through the school, as we feel that it is incredibly important for our young learners to have as much opportunity as possible to grow and shine in a school environment, encouraged and challenged by highly skilled individuals. In order for working parents to apply for their additional funding, they are required to fill in the necessary paperwork. The funding has to be applied for on a termly basis. Staff are available to assistance with completing the paperwork. We are always happy to help!
We also offer wrap around care for those children who require dinner time care if staying for the afternoon sessions and for those children who's parents are not entitled to the additional hours.
School Charge: £10 per day for an afternoon session, with an additional charge of £5 for dinner time care (this includes a hot healthy meal). Therefore the daily charge is (£15 per day).
Please see our charging policy- found in the policy section of the school website.
Nursery Part Time Day- am allocation
Monday-Friday (total of 15 hours)
Nursery Part Time Day- pm allocation
Monday-Friday (total of 15 hours)
Nursery- Full Time Day
These places are allocated from preferences by parents, that are received on a first come basis during admission into the setting. We will do our best to meet the needs of parents preferences, however due to the staff to child ratio, an allocation of a different time may be given where the numbers exceed the 26 child placement for am or pm.
We would therefore say to parents that is important to complete your preference paperwork as soon as you receive it, to avoid being disappointed with the time slot allocated.
30 hour funded placements will be allocated first, due to the this being an entitlement for working parents, by the Government. Subsequent places will the be issued for 15 hour funded children.
On your transition events, please inform a member of staff if your child currently receives the additional funding in a private provider and you expect this entitlement to continue in September, as your child starts school. Again, if you are unsure we here to help.
Reception School Day
8.50 am and sees children going home at 3.30 pm
During that time children will have access to fruit, water and milk at their own convenience and they will have a break midday for lunch.Lunch can be purchased in school or parents are free to send in a packed lunch from home. We do ask that it contains a healthy balanced meal as we would like our children to have healthy minds and healthy bodies, as we believe this aids to their overall achievements. We are a nut free school, as we do have children and staff with severe allergies, therefore we ask that lunch boxes do not contain nuts.
Healthy Snacks- Personal Well-being
At Waterside Primary School each child across school has free access to water throughout the day. Cold water fountains are situated around the school, where children can fill up their own water bottles at a convenient time. During hot months, additional opportunities will be given to ensure the children are fully hydrated throughout the day. This is in addition to drinks accessed by children at lunch times.
In the EYFS, both water and milk is made readily available to children throughout the day. Children go and collect the milk and water when it is needed and is regularly added to throughout the day. In the hot weather, water stations will also be set up outside, to ensure children are kept hydrated. If it is deemed necessary, adults will stop children at regular intervals to ensure all children have taken water on board.
Children will also have access to a range of snacks throughout the week. These are delivered to school and are collected by the children. Children will be assigned jobs in FS2 in order to prepare the fruit/snack table. These may include; strawberries, bananas, apples, pears, green beans and many others. On occasions, children made have additional snacks, such as hot cross buns, small slices of cake etc to support celebrations.
Nuts are not given to children. Parents must inform the office and teaching staff of other allergies and alternative arrangements can be made on an individual basis. We do allow children to bring in treats for their birthday, however we ask that these are healthy and do not contain gelatine, as many of our Muslim children are unable to eat anything containing this product. Our staff can always make suitable suggestions if needed.
Activities to do at home to support your child’s learning
Your child will be sent home with a reading book. We ask that you read with your child at least 3 times a week as this helps with their concentration and letter & sound recognition. When it is felt ready for the children, additional homework tasks will be sent out in special books. Please can we ask that these books are looked after and that they are returned to school on a Wednesday so that teachers can look through their home learning and can keep track of who is accessing and completing their homework. When homework is sent out, it is encouraged that children work with their parents to complete it and that it becomes an enjoyable extension of their learning that they have worked on back in class.
We have an open-door policy in preference to formal parent’s evenings. If you want to see your child’s work or to discuss their progress, then please see your key worker, class teacher or EYFS leader to make arrangements. There will also be additional evenings and sessions timetabled in on the school calendar, so please ensure you look out for these dates each term.