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Early Years

The first year in a child’s school life is very important. We will provide care, support, guidance, discipline and learning opportunities throughout every day to encourage your child’s independence and a lifelong love of learning.

At Abacus our pupils are encouraged to develop to their full potential in a stimulating and caring environment. Our curriculum is balanced and ambitious, with a strong focus on English and Mathematics and incorporating Mandarin and outdoor learning.

“Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside”

This is what Ofsted had to say about our Early Years:

The environment, both inside and outside, is inviting and stimulating, providing carefully chosen activities. The children are inspired by the curriculum, making links between different aspects of their learning. Good use is made of role play, both inside and out, with children engaging busily in a range of senarios. Children remain focused and engaged for extended periods of time because activitites provide the right level of challenge. Practical resources support children's understanding. They are laid out on tables or are available in the classroom for children to select. Adults ask questions which allow children to develop their understanding through reasoning. For example, having established that 10 was double five, a child was asked, 'How do you know?'

 

Learning Through Play

  • Enables children to develop their language and communication through talking, sharing and listening to their friends
  • Helps them to become independent learners
  • Helps them develop reading and writing skills within meaningful contexts e.g. role play

What Will My Child Learn?

The year is divided into half termly topics which are based on children’s individual interests. Here are some examples:

  • Space, planets   
  • Construction                                                              
  • Dinosaurs
  • Superheroes
  • Minibeasts
  • Fairy tales
  • Under the sea
  • People who help us

EYFS Framework

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning.

Three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Foundation Stage Curriculum

  • Activities and assessments are based on all seven areas of learning
  • We assess your child on these areas through daily observations, notes and samples of work in their reading journals
  • We value parent’s voice or parents’ contributions to your child’s learning. This features heavily in the new framework.

Outdoor Learning

  • The doors are always open for children’s free access, regardless of the weather.
  • Depending on the weather, please bring wellingtons and rain coats, sun hats or sun cream.
  • A change of clothes is a must - E.g. underwear, trousers, socks and tops—just in case!

The Classroom

The learning environment is both indoors and outdoors.

Indoor and outdoor activities are set based on all the areas of learning

Indoor / outdoor activities include:

  • Reading and writing activities
  • Maths activities: counting, ordering numbers, measuring, sorting, patterns, recognising and describing shapes
  • Malleable activities: play dough, corn flour, shaving foam, rice, pasta, pulses
  • Making dens
  • Being imaginative and creative through role play
  • Tennis, ball games, skipping, skittles

How Can I Ensure My Child Is School Ready?

  • Ensure your child can go to the toilet on their own without an adult’s help
  • Recognise their name
  • Is confident in selecting their meal choice at lunch times
  • Can count up to 10
  • Is confident enough to speak to an adult if they need help