Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception
At Marlborough Primary School children have access to a brand new purpose built classrooms and a shared Foundation Stage playground. The learning and play spaces inside and outside ensure a stimulating and enabling environment for young children. At Marlborough, we pride ourselves on the quality provision we have, with experienced staff and carefully selected resources that engage and interest children in learning through play. We are committed to providing a high quality early years education, which gives children a secure and confident start to their school life and nurtures a lifelong love of learning. We are fully committed to the purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (2017)
Staffing and Organisation
At Marlborough the nursery class are taught by one Class Teacher and three highly qualified Early Years Educators. In reception each class has a teacher and a full time teaching assistant. We have one Nursery Class and two Reception classes that have the use of large classrooms and dedicated outdoor areas. The classrooms have carpet areas for whole class collaborative learning and the rest of the space, including our outdoor space is organised into learning zones for the children to access. Staff are organised to support the children through a balance of adult led and child initiated experiences throughout the day. All sessions include free flow access to the outdoor area. Practitioners are aware of the need to be flexible in order to respond to unplanned events that the children are interested in.
Learning and Pedagogy
Adult led activities are where possible practical in nature and based on first hand experiences wherever possible. The children are supported to develop problem-solving skills through open-ended tasks and opportunities to share their thinking with others. The number of adult led activities that the children take part in increases throughout the year, as their concentration develops. We plan through exciting interactive and creative learning challenges. The challenges have a sharp focus on the children’s needs, their interests and their stages of development. We aim to deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful learning and present new concepts in meaningful contexts that enable the children to build on what they already know.
Observation and Assessment
We use a range of strategies to gather information about the children’s learning and development and use this information to ensure that our planning meets the needs of all learners. Each child has a ‘Profile’ which is built up using an iPad application and all observations are gathered here along with parental observations. This information is closely monitored to ensure that all children are making good progress.
Parents, Partnerships and Home Learning
We recognise and respect that parents/carers are their children’s first educators. We know from research that parental involvement in children’s education from an early age have a significant effect on educational achievement. To this end we aim to build positive relationships and establish open communication with all parents/carers. We will share information with parent/carers on a regular basis; we run workshops throughout the year to show parents/carers what we’re doing in class and how they can help at home, we give ideas of how learning can be supported at home through our weekly newsletters during the summer term, and we hold open stay and learn sessions once every term.
The Learning Environment
We aim to provide an attractive, challenging learning environment that offers high quality opportunities for the children to learn through play, both indoors and outdoors. There are a range of activities available in the classroom that are designed to offer open-ended, practical learning opportunities. Children are supported to think creatively and imaginatively and explore how resources can be adapted.
We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first-hand experience. Practitioners regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the learning zones and make adaptations as necessary.
Relationships between adults and children build social and emotional skills from a young age which helps to build the bond of a ‘secure attachment’. At Marlborough we recognise the importance of the role of the Key Person, which has been retained as a legal requirement of the revised EYFS framework. The role of the Key person offers many opportunities for quality interactions between adults and children. The teachers are responsible for the well-being of all of the children in their class and are therefore designated ‘key worker’ to the children.
Starting Reception or Nursery at Marlborough
There will be parent meetings during the summer term to welcome you to our school and an opportunity to meet the class teachers.
All children will be given a start date to start part time for the first week of school. We find that this helps the children to settle much quicker into the school routine. When children settle in to school life quickly it enables them to make further progress in their development. If the children have settled, their second week will be full time.
We hold an Q & A sessions with the Executive Head every other Tuesday morning for prospective parents. This replaces our guided tours during the pandemic. Please contact the school to reserve your place.