Welcome to our EYFS information page
(Early Years Foundation Stage)
In the early years we use Tapestry, an online learning journal for assessment and communication purposes between school and home. Parents have their own unique login that offers access to their child's learning journey and the opportunity to post their own observations to contribute a child's learning from home. These observations are discussed with the children and the children are given opportunities to share their learning experiences at home with their friends in school. At Fermor, we pride ourselves on having a good relationship with our parents and Tapestry is a valuable link to that relationship.
We have PE sessions every week, on a Wednesday. Your child will need to come ready dressed for PE, colour group t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers (navy or black joggers are acceptable if the weather is cold) and they need to bring their school uniform and shoes in their red PE bag for changing into after PE.
We have swimming every week on a Monday afternoon. We are thrilled that so many parents are keen to help out and it wouldn't be half as good without you. Thank you.
Please provide for your child: (All named please)
Wellington boots that stay at school.
Your waterproofs for outside play that stay at school.
An apron for messy play that stays at school.
A water bottle - topped up with fresh water daily.
A book bag - that includes your school reading book and contact book.
The Early Years Foundation Stage aims to develop children to their full potential through play based learning. The areas of learning are divided into 7 areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding The world
Expressive Arts and Design
At Fermor, we provide a safe and stimulating environment. The teachers and TA’s observe and assess learning to inform next steps. We see every child as an individual and plan exciting and playful activities based on the children’s interests and development.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. This is referred to as the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Children in reception attend Forest School weekly. This takes place in our attractive woodland area. Experiences include outdoor woodland games, craft in the natural environment and cooking over the fire. Play is recognised as an important part of Forest School and activities are based on the children’s interest and unique way of learning.
˜Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment˜
Forest Education Initiative (FEI)
At Fermor we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents. We use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to share the children’s development as well as communicate important information and dates with parents. This is a two way communication, with parents adding their own observations of their child, which is shared with the class. The children love to share their experiences whilst developing their confidence and language skills.
At Fermor we feel that the transition from pre school to nursery is a big step for children (and parents). Therefore we provide supportive opportunities for the children to visit their new classroom and get to know the team through stay and play sessions, story times and nursery visits in term 6. Before children start in Reception, a home visit is offered to new parents, giving the opportunity to talk informally with the Early Years Foundation Stage staff.
Parent quote: “I love how much time they spend learning outdoors. The muddier my son is when I pick him up the more fun he has had learning that day”
We promote British Values through Learning and Play. We support children's Personal Social and Emotional development (PSED) by developing their self confidence and self awareness; giving opportunities to the children to make choices about what they choose to learn and the resources they will need. We encourage the children to manage their own feelings and behaviour. The children put together a list of expectations and rules and this is reflected on regularly. Each class has a class value. Hedgehogs is Joy and Owls is Hope.