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 topic this term is "Under the Sea" and we have lots of fun and exciting things planned. We will be looking at different types of sea creatures including their colours, shapes and sizes. Also we will be investigating floating and sinking as well as messy play with boats using shaving foam, sand and mud. The children will be able to make their own junk model boats, pirate hats, shark hats and fishy shortbread biscuits.
Jolly phonics will be taught daily using a combination of games, songs, objects and stories. Yoga ad songs/rhymes will also be taught daily and will be largely based around our topic or phonic sound. Number recognition, counting and shape/size will also be taught daily through games, puzzles, stories and songs.
Later on in the term, we will start our Bonfire Night craft work and Christmas craft work.
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.