Gilmour Early Years Foundation Stage is a safe and happy place to learn, work and play. In partnership with families the team are fully committed to providing an engaging and enriching curriculum. Children are guided on a nurturing journey enabling them to become more confident, inquisitive, imaginative and empathetic learners. The fully inclusive and personalised curriculum promotes independence and encourages children to embrace challenge and to persevere.
Gilmour EYFS follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This Framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the Early Years and it is organised into seven Areas of Learning and Development:
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development
· Physical Development
· Communication and Language development
· Understanding the World
· Expressive Arts and Design
Through a well organised, stimulating environment, the children will organise their own play and will demonstrate positive characteristics of effective learning – playing and exploring (engagement), active learning (motivation) and creating and thinking critically (thinking).
We plan a broad and balanced curriculum that values children’s prior learning and cultural backgrounds. We plan child initiated topics that incorporate our schools core values of Resilience, Enjoyment, Well-being, Ambition and being Unique.
Our carefully planned lessons aim to capture the children’s attention and imagination and create a sense of awe and wonder. We listen to children’s ideas, assess what they already know about a topic/subject and question what they would like to learn. Topics and learning opportunities are selected according to the children’s own interests. They build on children’s prior learning, skills and knowledge. Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development are at the heart of all learning. Topics are planned to ensure appropriate depth and challenge.
The timetable is organised effectively to ensure a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. Learning through play is vital. We use the environment to ensure the children’s needs are met through continuous provision and enhanced provision, and by following their interests.
Continuous provision challenges the children to push boundaries, take risks and create their own learning paths.
Each school day begins with an exciting provocation! Staff introduce provocations and teach objectives through whole class, small group, teacher directed activities and by going into continuous provision to observe children’s play and move learning forward at that point. Using 2Simple and children’s ‘Look What We Can Do’ journals, staff record a ‘snapshot’ of evidence of children’s learning to build an overall picture and set next steps for learning. Formative assessment takes place within every session and helps staff to identify children who require further challenges or additional support to achieve the objective.
Each day children access a short daily Maths and Phonics lesson. In EYFS children are organised in Phonics and Maths groups, according to their ability. These groups are fluid and flexible according to children's progress and needs. Children's progress is tracked each term and lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. In addition to daily Phonic and Maths lessons, small groups of children in EYFS also access Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language interventions. These bespoke interventions provide opportunities for children to revisit previous teaching, reinforce class teaching and to support children in achieving a Good Level of Development.
Our young learners understand the importance of respect and British values. We believe there are no limits to what children can achieve. With determination, hard work and a positive attitude anything is possible. We are 'learning together, growing together'.
At Gilmour Infant School we use both formative and summative assessments to inform medium term and weekly planning for our younger children. We start with a baseline assessment at the beginning of the school year. Assessment information is also used at half termly Pupil Progress meetings to inform next steps. Target children are identified and intervention planned and implemented. Assessment data is submitted termly using Insight and achievement and progress of groups of learners is analysed. Lesson observations, book scrutinies, learning walks and pupil/parent/staff voice are all used to monitor and evaluate the teaching and learning in EYFS.
Published data shows that the number of children working at or above the expected level in all 17 areas of learning at Gilmour Infant School is above National and significantly above Local averages. Children working above the expected level are above the National average. EYFS data shows the Good Level of Development (GLD) has had an upward trend for the third year in succession and continues to be above National and Local averages.
Please click here for the EYFS National Curriculum Overview.
Gilmour Infant School Curriculum Overview
Please click here to find our Reception Curriculum Overview 2019-2020.
Please click here to find our EYFS Policy 2020.