The Early Years Foundation Stage at Treverbyn Academy
The Children's Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage (often called the EYFS) is a crucial part of a child’s education. The children in Reception class are in the final year of the EYFS and their days consist of play-based learning and practical activities both indoors and outdoors. Our Reception curriculum is designed to allow all pupils to develop their independent learning skills enabling them to grow into happy, confident students who are ready to start the next stage of their learning journey in Key Stage 1.
At Treverbyn Academy we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas:
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Listening and attention
Shape, space and measure
People and communities
Exploring and using media and materials
The Characteristics of Effective Learning, as laid out in the EYFS curriculum are relevant to all areas of learning and are promoted throughout the school day.
The children in their Reception year are working towards the Early Learning Goals in the seven areas of learning of the EYFS curriculum. Our class team will discuss with you how your child is progressing towards these throughout the year. By the end of the year, our aim is that our Reception children are confident doing the following:
You can read more about the Early Years curriculum here:
Learning to Read
At Treverbyn Academy we are passionate about reading. Children are taught to read through a phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’, which they access daily. They are taught several sounds a week and learn how to read and write words containing these sounds. Find out more about ‘Read Write Inc’ here
Transition to Reception Class
We aim to make every child’s transition to school as smooth as possible. In a typical year, prior to starting at Treverbyn Academy:
Many of our children come from Treverbyn Trailblazers nursery, with whom we have very strong links:
A member of the Menabilly class team will always greet the children at the door between 9:00-9:10 so that parents can pass on any important information relevant that day. More in-depth conversations are encouraged but are more productive when arranged through the office for a mutually convenient time outside of the school day.
Throughout the year we compile a Learning Journey for each child, which contains observations and comments about each child’s progress. We use a secure online tool called Tapestry to do this and each child’s Learning Journey is available for parents to view and contribute to.
In Reception it is essential that the children read regularly to help them become independent readers. Five to ten minutes a day reading to an adult at home will support the learning your child is doing in school. We ask that you jot down any home reading you do in your child’s reading record book and make sure that this comes into school every day.