Argyle School Early Years Foundation Stage

Currently our Foundation Stage consists of a 39 place Nursery and two Reception classes.

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The Foundation Stage aims to provide a happy, caring and safe environment, stimulate children’s natural curiosity and allow them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. We want children to develop independence and to co-operate with others and to talk and communicate in a range of situations whilst learning the skills needed to progress through school and future life.

1Following the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage document, opportunities for learning are provided through a planned, balanced, adult-led and child-initiated curriculum. Children experience a range of whole class, group work and independent tasks.There are seven areas in the Early Years Curriculum: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Children have a daily phonics lesson based on the Letters and Sounds scheme.To enable children to develop a positive self-esteem and attitude learning takes place both inside and outdoors. It is expected that suitable outer clothing and footwear are worn to school so that children can benefit from the experiences provided in all weathers.

  Partnerships with Parents

Parent partnerships are highly valued with Ocean Maths and Crescent Literacy held regularly. In these highly popular sessions parents, teachers and children work together supporting children’s learning through a range of games and activities. Parents discover how we teach Literacy and Maths and find out ways in which they can support their children at home.


Our Reception Playground

At Argyle we feel very strongly about the importance of outdoor learning to support both a child's academic development and pysical and emotional well-being. The equipment has been designed to promote children's development across all areas of learning and includes a climbing frame, stage, a track for bikes cars and scooters, a natural den area,a role play cottage and an area that has been planted to attract butterflies and bees.

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Parent Partnerships

All our parents and children have the opportunity to participate in a series of both Maths and Literacy sessions learning and playing together. Nursery parents attended a Bookstart session with their children making props to tell the story of 'The Shark in the Dark' by Nick Sharratt and took part in a' Writing Party' alongside their children. Reception parents have had the opportunity to attend sequences of maths and literacy sessions with their children known as Ocean Maths and Crescent Literacy.

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Our full EYFS Policy can be read here.

Each half-term alongside child-initiated learning, we also plan and teach following a range of themes aimed at broadening children's knowledge and interests. This table shows the topics we currently follow.

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Nursery All About Me  Nursery Rhymes  People Who Help Us Fantasy Stories Animals and Minibeasts Transport
Reception Ourselves  Traditional Tales We are Explorers We are Investigators  How Does Your Garden Grow? Farm Animals

The following pictures provide a snap-shot of some of the daily learning that takes place in the EYFS .

Mathematical Development

Children learn much of their maths through playing games, creating structures and models and cooking.

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  Understanding the World

Children learn through exploring and investigating  to develop their 'Understanding of the World'. This includes having visitors including policeman and the local postman and making visits to the local mosque and church and Hyde Park where children were able to go pond dipping and discover local wildlife.

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                                         POND DIPPING AND EXPLORING HABITATS IN HYDE PARK

Children visited the local Church and the Mosque as part of their learning to find out what is 'Special' to the followers of Christianity and Islam.

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Creative Development

As part of our learning we have many opportunities for 'Creative Development' such as den building and role play as well as using a range of art materials.

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In addition to using computer programs and Ipads children learn to program and control toys including Bee-Bots.

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 Children are encouraged to develop their language skills and an interest in the wider world through a love of books. Nursery children took part in a Bookstart session alongside their parents in which they made props to help them act out the story of 'The Shark in the Dark' by Nick Sharratt.