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Early Years Foundation Stage

Life at Manor Lodge School in the Early Years setting is full of opportunities. Each day is busy, stimulating and varied. We offer small classes where a child’s potential can be realised within a happy, friendly, caring community, enabling their self-esteem and confidence to grow.

Our aim is to provide a nurturing, educational environment within an atmosphere of praise and encouragement. We pride ourselves in providing excellent pastoral care for our pupils.

When you start at Manor Lodge School, you and your child will be invited to a ‘Getting to Know You’ session. At this session you will be introduced to your teacher and Key Person and will have an opportunity to share information with us, so that we can ensure that your child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs.

Early Years Principles

There are 4 main principles in the EYFS.

  • Every child is unique
  • Children learn to be independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

The EYFS is split into 7 areas of learning and development.

Three Prime areas- Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development, Communication and Language.

Four Specific areas- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

Characteristics of effective learning that underpin all of these 7 areas are:

  • Engagement – playing and exploring, finding out and being willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning – being an active learner, getting involved, concentrating and keep trying.
  • Creating and thinking critically- having their own ideas and choosing ways to do things.

Throughout your time in the Early Years, a weekly newsletter will be emailed to you, outlining the 7 areas of learning. This is intended to keep you informed of your child’s weekly activities. We encourage you to build up a unique relationship with your child’s teacher so that together, we can enable your child to fulfil their potential and give them the opportunity to make the most of their talents and abilities. We know that children thrive best when they feel happy, safe and secure.

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children will work towards achieving the 17 Early Learning Goals. Please see the areas of learning to find out more about these goals.

During the year, you will be invited to discuss your child’s progress on two separate occasions. A summary of their development will be discussed with you and how you can support their learning at home. Your child’s records are available for you to view throughout the school year. We also encourage parents to share information with us so that we can build up a well-rounded picture of your child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities as an individual within the setting. In the final term, the Reception teachers will meet with you again to give you a report on your child’s progress, including information from his or her EYFS Profile. We will discuss their progress against expected levels of development and their readiness for Year 1. At the end of the academic year you will receive a written report.

Most importantly, we want you to enjoy Manor Lodge and all that it can offer as much as we do and become part of the Manor Lodge family.

Communication and Language

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity. Understanding Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and […]

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Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials Children sing songs, make music and dance. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. Being Imaginative Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, […]

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Physical Development

Physical Development

Moving and Handling Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Health and Self-care Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy […]

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Understanding the World

Understanding the World

People and Communities Children talk about past and present events. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and among families, communities and traditions. The World Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living […]

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Mathematics

Mathematics

Numbers Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing. Space, Shape and Measure Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, […]

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Personal Social & Emotional Development

Personal Social & Emotional Development

Making Relationships Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children. Self-confidence and Self-awareness Children are confident to try new activities. They are confident to […]

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