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"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support that enables them to fulfil their potential."
(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
Our Ethos

We are committed to providing the very best that we can for the children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Holy Trinity.  Our aim is to ensure that learning is fun and that children are enthusiastic about coming to school.  In EYFS we celebrate the child, unique and curious, ready to learn. Our aim is to care for our children and their families, to teach them and to learn from them and to enable children to achieve their full potential.

We strive for high standards of care and education, aiming to know every child well and to personalise learning.

We work with parents, carers and other professionals for the benefit of our children.  Assessments are shared with parents and carers and we value contributions from home.  We recognise that home is where children first begin their learning journey and we value input from those who know the children best of all. We provide regular opportunities throughout the year for parents and carers to come into school and work with their child and also offer opportunities for parents and carers to learn more about the curriculum and how they can support their child at home.

The Early Years Foundation Stage team consists of high quality, experienced practitioners, including teachers, nursery nurses and teaching assistants, and we ensure a good ratio of adults to children.
We are proud of our learning environment, but always strive to improve and are not afraid to make changes, to respond to new research and guidance and to reflect upon our practice. We work to give children a secure framework to build upon, both personally and in terms of education.

We follow the learning and development requirements of the EYFS and work to ensure a balanced curriculum, both in terms of Areas of Learning and in child and adult initiated activities. We value ideas, play and creations from our children and try to use these in our planning and teaching. We also believe that structured teaching is important and necessary.

Children have daily access to high quality, stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments enabling them to make choices about their learning and to access experiences in their preferred area.
Assessment and observation is at the heart of our practice in order to identify next steps of learning for each child and to ensure that children are motivated to learn, appropriately challenged and that activities are closely linked to their interests.

Maths Sessions for Parents

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Our Curriculum

The revised EYFS curriculum has prime and specific areas. Prime areas being:

Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Making Relationships
  • Self Confidence and Self Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Physical Development
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Safe Care

Communication and Language Development
  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

We believe it is essential for the prime areas to be fully developed before the children can begin to develop in the specific areas of:

Literacy Development
  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematical Development
  • Numbers
  • Space Shape and Measures

Understanding of the World
  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being Imaginative

Children learn an astonishing amount in their early years, using their inborn drives and learning power as they encounter people and the world around them.  The revised EYFS requires us to put a clear focus on how children learn, alongside what they learn.  The 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning are an integral part of our daily work with the children:

Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’
Active learning – motivation
  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things
Please take the opportunity to visit our setting and experience the range of play centred activities on offer. We look forward to meeting you

A non-statutory guide for practitioners to help inform understanding of child development through the early years.