Early Years Foundation Stage –

Bumblebee and Ladybird classes

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Bumblebee and Ladybird classes

Welcome to EYFS. WE have two EYFS classes which operate from a large shared unit, including our lovely outdoor area. We also make great use of our wider school’s grounds and have weekly welly walks. We also have outdoor learning sessions which enable the children to learn an appreciate the outdoors!                 

We deliver learning for all of the seven areas through purposeful play and learning experiences, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. This develops through the year in order to support transition into Year 1.

Take a look at our EYFS curriculum YR-Curriculum-Overview-2020-21

Through play, the children have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. Staff use observations of children’s play to inform their planning and practice. All staff are highly skilled at observing children to identify their achievements, interests and next steps for learning.

Alongside learning through play, the children are also taught essential skills and knowledge as part of direct lessons. These lessons develop throughout the school year, building on children’s stamina for learning.

Children learn new letter sounds every week and enjoy using them in their writing and reading. They take home reading books and a library book to share with their families every week. Children in Early Years follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme this is supplemented by Read, Write, Inc resources.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic program for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Reading a book together

With the introduction of the Universal Infant Free School Meals, all our infant children enjoy a hot meal cooked on our premises. Children share their lunchtime play with the whole school, which means that they get to see their friends from other classes. All children in our EYFS unit have a buddy from Key Stage Two who helps them get to know the schools and playgrounds and to feel part of the ‘Moorlands community’.

At various times throughout the year parents are invited in to see what the children are learning and how they can help at home. We run parent workshops to help support your family when helping them with their reading, writing and maths.

Take a look at our PDF to read more information about EYFS @ Moorlands. EYFS-at-Moorlands-School-2021-2022

Early Learning Goals – guide for parents

Writing – Letter formation and Read, Write Inc. rhymes

Reading – Easy to read captions and reading activities

Number – Number formation and number songs