A typical day in EYFS
Our children get off to a flying start because our teachers focus on mastery of the basics through provision which is creative, engaging, energetic, and focussed on what children need to achieve in order to be successful!
Our aim is for all children to leave our EYFS as confident, articulate and capable readers, writers and mathematicians who love to learn. We strongly believe that children in EYFS learn best through a healthy balance of direct teaching, guided/ scaffolded support and child initiated purposeful play.
A typical day for us involves a morning of English and maths learning, characterised by whole-class and mastery-group instruction around similar learning intentions for all pupils, followed by an afternoon filled with opportunities for construction, experimentation, practical problem solving and child-led play.
Our English sessions begin every day with a recap of ‘key words’ before moving onto a whole-class, teacher-led session using a core text as a context for the learning; this could involve a whole class writing session, a re-telling of the story or role play of an event. This is followed by mastery groups for learners who need more-focused time with an adult – these groups are rotated daily so that across the week every child has the opportunity to work on a focussed writing task with an adult. The other children in the classroom take part in independent activities inside or outside to build their reading and writing skills, for example children could be acting out the story, writing an invitation or assembling a sentence using words they have discovered in the sand pit.
Our maths sessions take a similar format however every session begins with counting, number bonds to 10/20 or times tables before moving onto a whole-class teacher-led session followed by mastery groups/ independent learning. Pupils work on practical, hands-on activities at tables, slowly building towards using more abstract concepts such as numbers and symbols, as preparation for lifelong learning. It is crucial that all of the children leave with strong knowledge of the number system to 20 which they can apply to a wide range of contexts.
Our afternoon provision has a strong emphasis on child-initiated provision focussed around a learning theme e.g. dinosaurs, pirates or animals. Children demonstrate their understanding through imaginative role play, art, music, and movement making full use of our well-planned environment. Our continuous and enhanced provision offers children a range of materials and resources to stimulate language and cognitive development, with open-ended and themed activities.