We warmly welcome enquiries from parents to join our EYFS classes and have produced a short video to give you a short introduction to life in EYFS.
At Nova Primary Academy, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and that high quality early learning is essential for a successful journey through their primary education and beyond.
In this first year at school, we always consider the individual needs and interests of the children and we use this as a springboard to ensure our children are inspired and challenged by the curriculum we deliver.
We ensure our children have the opportunity to play, explore, think, problem solve and above all enjoy their learning.
We strive to ensure all pupils leaving the EYFS at Nova Primary Academy will be prepared for Year 1 and the KS1 curriculum.
KEY PRINCIPLES IN THE EYFS
Every child is a unique individual who is constantly learning.
Children learn to be independent through positive relationships
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
Our Curriculum meets the requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021). These detail seven areas of learning and development, each important and interconnected.
The EYFS baseline (which children complete within the first 2 weeks of school) is used to provide an on entry assessment of pupil attainment which is used to measure progress to the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6).
Prime Areas of Development
Communication and Language
Our children are provided with opportunities to experience a rich and varied language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
We provide opportunities for the children to be active and develop their co-ordination, control and movement. They are helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in life.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We are committed to helping our children develop a positive sense of themselves and to form constructive relationships; with peers and adults They learn to manage their feelings and to understand appropriate behaviour.
The Specific Areas follow on from the Prime Areas:
Children use FFT Phonics to learn the sounds needed to begin to read. We have Key Authors in EYFS which the children hear over and over again as well as new and exciting texts to ignite their passion for books and reading. We use Letter Join to teach the children how to form their letters and Mighty Writer supports pupils to understand how to write simple words and sentences.
We provide opportunities for children to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple arithmetic and describing shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
Children are supported to make sense of the world through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children explore and play with a wide range of resources and materials. They have many opportunities to express themselves through art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Our curriculum and provision is also underpinned by our whole school Teaching and Learning Policy and our commitment to the highest standards of behaviour and safeguarding
At the end of their time in Early Years, teachers use the Early Learning Goals to help them assess whether a child has achieved a Good Level of Development. This assessment is based mainly on observations, questioning and adult led activities but it also takes into account the views of the pupils and their parents. A written report of an individual child’s outcome will be shared with parents.
Dialogue between EYFS and Year 1 staff will identify those pupils who will require ongoing support to reach their Early Learning Goals as they continue their journey in school.
Nova Primary Academy Team
New EYFS parents meeting 2023
We will be hosting a new parents meeting on Wednesday 17th May at 6pm for all parents of children entering EYFS. This will be an opportunity to view information about the start of the new academic year and a chance to ask lots of questions.