Welcome to Witherley's EYFS
Welcome to our EYFS page. On this page you will find details of the learning that we cover, information about the EYFS curriculum and photos of our class activities (more photos are in the Children's Area - Explorers YR).
In Explorers children are actively involved in their learning and follow both adult guided and child initiated investigation, exploring, play and learning. They take ownership and accept challenges, concentrating and developing their own ideas drawing on previous experiences to help them solve problems and reach conclusions.
We believe that strong positive partnership between parents and staff are fundamental to developing your child's independence and a love of learning. In Explorers we have a safe and secure environment where we establish routines and respond to the children's individual needs as all children develop and learn at different rates.
Explorers is a busy, happy place to come and learn. There is lots of information about our day and our routines in our Welcome Booklet below.
Please contact us if you need any further information or would like to arrange to come and visit us - 01827712198 .
To view our Reception class 'Welcome Booklet' please click on the link below.
Present Learning Theme
EXPLORERS Long Term Plan
In EXPLORERS we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for promoting the learning, development and safety of children. To plan effectively we need to know the children well, identifying their interests, exploring how they like to learn through observations and interactions. We monitor their progress in each area of learning through our observations, formative and summative assessments throughout the year.
To support our planning we use the 'Dimensions' curriculum. The Dimensions Curriculum follows the new Development Matters and Early Learning Goals detailed by the Department for Education. For details of the 'Themes' we cover in EXPLORERS please look at our Long Term Planning on this page and half termly Curriculum Newsletter.
The Foundation Stage has 7 areas of learning. The areas of learning are divided into The Prime Areas and The Specific Areas.
The Prime Areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
These areas are taught within the following specific areas:
The Specific Areas:
- Knowledge of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of Effective Learning statements
The characteristics of effective learning in Foundation Stage are:
Playing and exploring
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to have a go
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Thinking creatively and developing thinking skills
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing to do things
Helpful documents for parents
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
What did we find in the pond?
King Charles Coronation
Our Easter bonnet parade (it was a bit wet this year!)
Maths day - patterns
Build a bear Explorers style
All about a Baby - Nativity 2022
The Polar Express school theme
Learning to use QR codes
Welcome to Explorers 2022/23
June 2022 Explorers Jubilee Assembly
We all took our turn to share what we found out.
We also made up our own Jubilee song and finished up with a Jubilee 'street' party, eating the snadwiches we had made.
A great way to show everyone how far we have come in a year!
Nativity 2021 - Away in a Manger
This is us! EXPLORERS 2021
Previous Learning Themes
This PowerPoint accompanies our parent's reading meeting which we normally hold in the Autumn term.
It is in 3 parts due to the size of the document.