EYFS Core Values
Our children’s happiness is at the heart of all we do. We know if they are happy they are learning!
Family is important to us. The school family is one part of that but, we believe, partnering with parents to educate their children is the key to success.
Traditional values underlie everything. ‘Consideration Always’ is our School motto and we believe showing kindness to others develops a strong and caring community.
We embrace British Values. We are a school with a Catholic tradition but our school unity is celebrated in our diversity, whilst still upholding each child as unique.
Our Set Up
Our protective Early Years unit allows our children to develop to be confident, thriving and autonomous learners but the close proximity of our Junior School puts Early Years at the heart of the caring Sion school community. Reception children eat in the school hall and share playtimes with Key Stage 1 children and they also participate in Junior School Assemblies. Reception children have access to the ICT suite and the library.
Our Early Years consists of Nursery (3-4 year olds) and Reception (4-5 year olds) classes. Each class has their own base but the Reception children use the nursery facilities when they pursue their independent learning, sharing an outside area and this is an essential part of our environment, creating experiences for developing life-long skills.
Our outside area offers fantastic opportunities for children to work as a team manage risks, develop social and communication skills, problem solving and independence -all vital life skills.
Our School Day
For our Nursery children, the day is from 9.00am to 3.00pm although there is provision to extend this from 8.00am to 5.00pm. For our Reception children, the day begins at 8.30am and ends at 3.15pm. At there end of the day, there is a range of after school clubs offered which currently include: dance, drama and cookery/art club. These are either run by our staff or external activity leaders.
We follow the Early Years Framework which is a broad curriculum focusing on seven areas of learning.
The Prime Areas
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding of the World
- Mathematical Development
We know our children well and we understand how they learn. Our environment enables children to initiate their own learning. Our aim is to give them individual support and the spaces they need to be active learners, who can create and think critically and can play and explore. Our careful observations of the children enable us to reflect on how we can move them on in their learning and this is demonstated in the personalised education plans or ‘Next Steps, we regularly share with parents.