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Potter Class

Mrs Bates, Mrs Swindells and Mrs Wootten are the Potter Class team. We have worked successfully together for a number of years, providing a fantastic start to school life for all the children who come to Frittenden in reception. We hope that, by reading the information on our pages, and looking at the pictures, you will get a better insight to what it means to be in Potter Class. 

What is EYFS?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years old. It ends when a child enters key stage 1.

The four main EYFS principles are:

A Unique Child: Every child is unique and each responds to different learning methods in different ways. We believe that every child is capable of being a strong, resilient and capable learner with the right guidance.

Enabling Environments: The classroom and outdoor area should prompt and encourage good learning techniques. An enabling environment is one which caters to each individual child's needs and gives them the freedom to expand their knowledge and development.

Positive Relationships: Children are encouraged to be strong and independent when required, forming the basis for positive relationships that they will go on to have. They are given the safety and security to bolster the relationships they have with those closest to them.

Learning and Development: By following the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning as part of the statutory Early Years framework, each child is taught a wide range of skills to aid their physical and mental development.

The EYFS is divided up into seven areas of learning: Expressive Arts and Design, Understanding the World, Maths, English, Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Each of these areas is further broken down, for example, Literacy is reading and writing.

Teachers plan activities for each of these areas to ensure that the children progress through the framework. 

Early Years Assessment:

Assessments take place on a daily basis in EYFS through the form of observations. All our children have a learning journey which is shared with parents: this is a record of observations of the children independently learning through play.  These observations enable us to know each child’s current attainment and to plan for their next steps. We really appreciate and value parents’ contributions and ask them to observe their child’s learning at home too. This helps us to get a complete picture of their child’s development.

Early Learning Goals:

At the end of the reception year, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. They are assessed as ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ in each area. If a child is expected in the Prime and Specific areas, they are said to have met a good level of development or GLD.

See Saw learning journal: 

In Potter Class we use an online learning journal to record wow moments and new learning.  Seesaw is an instant way to share what your child is learning in Potter Class. Each child has their own journal and as a team we will periodically add photos, videos, drawings or voice recordings. When there are new items, you can be notified. You'll only get notifications about your child's items. For more information about see saw please follow the links below. 

https://web.seesaw.me/parents
http://seesaw-app.dreamhosters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Seesaw-Parent-Intro-Presentation.compressed.pdf

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We aim to develop each child's creativity. Inside and outside activities like drawing, playing with paint, instruments or technology all give children the chance to express themselves and learn new things

 

 

Understanding the World

Through our outside environment, classroom resources and our visits to forest school we encourage the children to have a love of the environment and an interest in technology. This involves children making sense of things by observing and exploring everything from the places they spend time to the technology and other things that they use.

Mathematics 

Through our direct teaching and planned activities that develop maths we aim to develop the children's skills in numbers and calculations, as well as being able to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

 

English

Through whole class teaching and planned activities we recognise the importance for children to discover a love of literacy as well as develop phonemic awareness – the ability to hear and identify different words and sounds, and also to start reading and writing.

Physical Development

We recognise that young children often love to be active and through a range of activities we encourage gross and fine motor development. In addition to this we also plan activities to develop an understanding that continued physical activity as well as healthy food choices are important, and why.

Communication and Language

We aim to provide an environment for young children to express themselves and speak and listen in a range of situations allowing them to develop their language and communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Developing personal, social and emotional skills are vital when starting school and through modelling, guidance and a caring environment we aim to help to shape children’s social skills and develops respect and an understanding of their different feelings.