Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At Priory Park Infants, we are passionate about play-based learning, which is built around the interest and fascinations of our children. We believe in providing a nurturing environment which will enable each children to feel content, secure and confident to allow them to achieve their full potential. We are committed to giving children opportunities learn both indoors and outdoors through free-flow access, encouraging independent choices with regard to their learning.
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At Priory Park Infant School we keep electronic ‘Learning Journeys’ using educational software called ‘Tapestry’. By logging on with a secure username and password, observations and photographs of children’s learning can be viewed. This enables progress to be followed closely and for Parents and Children to reflect upon their achievements together. Parents are also able to reply to our comments as well as adding their own observations, news and photographs from home. All information is stored on a highly secure server, which is monitored closely.
We work closely with our Playgroup throughout the year and share lots of transition activities such as shared story times and activities. All children who will be joining our school in September will be visited at their current pre-schools during the Summer term. They are also invited to come into school to enjoy a school lunch with the Parents, as well as having time to play in their classrooms to begin to become familiar with the environment.
Our children are lucky enough to attend Forest school on a weekly basis over the course of the academic year. It is held within the school ground within our ‘wild area’. Children are asked to wear long sleeves and trousers on their Forest school days where they have opportunities to build dens, hunt for bugs as well as pond dipping.
We have a fantastic outdoor area for the Reception to have free-flow access to. Children are asked to keep a pair of welly boots and a coat at school to allow them to learn in the outdoor area in all weathers. We have activities set up for the children that cover all of the Early Years curriculum such as building using a wide range of materials as well as using bikes and scooters.
Parents, Carers and Grandparents
We invite Parents, Carers and Grandparents with any free time to come in to help in school. We have Parents who cook with the children weekly in out fantastic purpose built children’s kitchen, They are also invited to complete extra reading with individual children as well as supporting them with specific creative activities such as painting. In Reception we aim to take children out of school as much as we can for example ‘welly walks’ to the park, trips to our local supermarket as well as to the farm. We encourage Parents to come along with us to enjoy these experiences with the children. We also hold a ‘stay and play’ every half term where Parents are invited to come into school and find out about what the children have been learning about.
Our School Day
8.55am Children arrive at school
9.00am – 9.30 Children participate in free-flow activities across all areas of the curriculum e.g fine motor practise, creative and role play activities.
9.30 Children participate in a whole class or group teaching focus, e.g learning about numbers and shapes/ circle time etc
9.30 – 10.30 Children participate in activities such as writing/ maths/ guided reading with the class teacher or independently inside and outside
10.30 Snack time. Children are provided with a snack and milk or water. Throughout the year the children begin to attend assemblies with the rest of the school.
11.00 Children return to their free-flow activities inside the classroom. Adults will continue to work with children in group focus activities.
12.00 All children in our school are entitled to a free school dinner or they may choose to bring their own packed lunch. Children then enjoy playing in the playground with children from across the school whilst being supervised by our wonderful team of midday supervisors.
1.00pm Children have afternoon registration before participating in their daily phonics session.
1.30pm Children participate in free flow and group focus activities inside and outside.
2.45pm Story time and reflection on the day’s learning.
3.05pm Home time – we return your very tired children after all that learning!
After all this, their usual response of “I didn’t do anything at school today” is quite far from the truth!!