Outcomes for children are outstanding - Ofsted July 2018
Children are extremely confident, highly engaged play and enthusiastic. They concentrate very well in group activities and readily share their ideas. Younger children select their own activities, explore materials and take part in in role play with friends. Children are extremely eager to share their learning, speak very well and talk about their preferences. They listen carefully to each other as they share news from home. Children talk fondly about how their teachers help them to do,'tricky' things'.
Our new topic this term is "Plants and growing`' but also incorporating "minibeasts". We will be learning about how plants grow; what the parts of a flower are called; the different types of plants, trees and flowers and we will also be growing our own seeds and finding out what they need to grow. We will base some learning on key texts such as "The very lazy ladybird" , "Jack and the beanstalk" and "The very hungry caterpillar".
Our daily phonics will continue and will focus on the revision of phases 1-3 as well as letter formation, name recognition and name writing. In mathematics, we will continue to learn about numbers, shape, size and position through daily group games, stories and songs. Our weekly yoga sessions will take place outside and we will continue to have fun with our "dough disco" sessions to strengthen fingers and thumbs ready for writing!
During the latter part of this term, we will undertake our important transition work and staff will be contacting our feeder primaries to see what transition arrangements they will offer this year.
Each day at the preschool we sing our good morning song and complete our daily calendar to reinforce the days of the week, months of the year and the weather/seasons. We also do ten minutes of Jolly Phonics which reinforces initial sounds and the letters of the alphabet. Children are encouraged to bring in an object from home that begins with the sound of the week.
We incorporate counting, songs and a game each day and we try to link these to our ongoing topic.
PROGRESS AND ASSESSMENT
We continually assess our children using the statements in the EYFS and the development points in Development Matters. We use these assessments to inform our planning. We plan assessment opportunities as well as ad-hoc observations.
All assessments are recorded in each child's Learning Journey and their tracker. These are also plotted onto termly progress sheets and termly graphs. From these, we set targets and detailed 'next steps' for each child. Parents are invited in to speak with their child's Key Worker each term where all this information is explained and shared. Our setting also has a 'next steps' display for parents to see and for staff to use.
OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Children self register when they arrive by finding their handprint with their name on. When the children choose to access the outside resources, they also find their handprint and place it on the door before putting their coat on.
Every day we choose two children who are "helping hands" for the day. They help with simple tasks such as giving out plates and cups at snack time and singing our tidy up song for others to follow. This encourages children to develop a sense of responsibility and team work.
Every half term we invite parents into the setting to look at the art work display and to discuss their child's learning journey. It is also a good chance for staff and parents to informally discuss how their child is getting on and to address any additional learning needs where necessary.