Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on "The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage" (Department for Education) and takes into account the needs, interests and enthusiasms of the children. For the academic year 2020/21 we are an 'early adopter' school for the new Development Matters and EYFS Framework.
The framework sets out the three prime areas of learning that underpin everything in the early years:
- Communication & language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and emotional development
The four specific areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts & design
All of those areas of learning are connected together. The characteristics of effective teaching and learning weave through them all. That’s because children in the early years are becoming more powerful learners and thinkers. These characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators.
Assessment in the Early Years
What is Tapestry?
Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom. We can add comments, notes, photographs and videos of your child and then link these to the Early Years Curriculum. It can be accessed via the internet or downloaded as an App from iTunes, Android or Google Play.
How does Tapestry work?
Tapestry provides each individual child with their own Learning Journal held online. Parents and carers are given their own log-in using their email and password (which is pre-set by us but can be changed by you to make it more secure). All our staff are given a secure log-in. They can then upload observations, photos or videos; recording children’s achievements and assessing their learning in reference to the EYFS curriculum. Parents can change their settings so that an email is then automatically generated informing them when an observation has been added so they can have a look and add any comments of their own.