In the Foundation Stage at Orston Primary school, we personalise children’s learning so that they all learn to the best of their ability and in ways in which engage them and enable them to thrive. We look closely at the EYFS learning objectives (which we have adapted from a government document Development Matters, you can find this in EYFS documents on our class page) and think as a team about how best we can plan for individual children to take their next steps in learning.
In order to do this effectively we ensure that the themes we focus on are child initiated and that they follow the children's interests at that moment in time. We regularly talk to the children about what they would like to learn about and any questions they may have and plan activities and real life learning experiences accordingly. Creating a range of mind maps, floor books and learning walls. We will also ask for parents support in making the best choices for their children.
We observe the children and work with them ‘in the moment’ throughout each week in order to see first-hand the things that they are interested in and motivated by. This means that we do not always follow long topics (unless the children are thriving by doing so) and that our focus theme can change week by week.
Also as we are lucky enough to share our environment with Year 1, we also have a 2 year cycle of quality texts that we believe the children should have as part of their learning environment. These will be shared with the whole class, small groups or through play activities and provocations. These are available to see on our class page.
We always aim to regularly update our class page so that parents can see what their children have been learning about at school. We also ask for parents to contribute to our celebration of learning by sharing our ‘wow’ moments which are displayed in the classroom.
Towards the end of the Foundation year we focus on the statutory Early Learning Goals in order to judge whether individual children in our class are emergent, expected or exceeding these. In your child's end of year report you will be informed of your child's outcomes.