Early Years Foundation Stage
Miss Brooks - Early Years Lead
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Muschamp
My name is Miss Brooks and I am the Early Years Lead at Muschamp. I am passionate about making children’s first years at school fun and to help them develop their unique personalities and skills.
Muschamp has one nursery class and three reception classes.
Nursery start their session at 8.30 and end their session at 11.30. Children are dropped off and collected at the Nursery door each day.
Reception children start their day between 840 and 9 and end their day between 3.10 and 3.30. Drop off and collection is from the middle doors in the main playground.
My team and I are always available to talk in the mornings and afternoons.
- During their time in the EYFS at Muschamp we want children to develop lifelong skills so that they are happy, confident and with a positive attitude towards learning.
- We want them to develop social skills so that they can play and learn co-operatively.
- We want them to develop listening and communication skills so that they can learn and develop relationships.
- We want them to develop the necessary physical skills needed to control their gross and fine motor movements so that they can move confidently and write effectively.
- We want them to recognise themselves as a unique child and begin to understand their place in the world and the responsibilities they have to look after their environment.
- We want them to know how to keep themselves safe and what they can do if they don’t feel safe.
Our key skills for children are
- Self regulation
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Reading and writing
Our key dispositions and attitudes are
- Self assured
WE BELIEVE OUR CHILDREN LEARN BEST WHEN THEY FEEL SAFE, SECURE AND VALUED. WE VALUE EACH CHILD’S BACKGROUND AND PRIOR EXPERIENCES. WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES EACH DAY FOR THEM TO EXPLORE FREELY, USE THE ENVIRONMENT INDEPENDENTLY AND FOLLOW THEIR OWN INTERESTS. WE PROVIDE A CURRICULUM THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THEIR EXPERIENCES BUT ALSO THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND THEIR EXPERIENCE TO FURTHER THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AROUND THEM.
Our fantastic EYFS outside facilities
We have planned a curriculum that progresses through a child’s time in the EYFS and is engaging and exciting to set them up as lifelong learners.
Children learn about the world around them through a range of topics. We plan activities that encourage independence and fun in learning and provide continuous play opportunities both inside and outside.
We are lucky to have large classrooms with plenty of space to learn and play. Each classroom is set up with opportunities to explore all areas of the curriculum. We also have a large nursery garden and a large adjoining reception garden.
A normal day in Reception
We start the day with reading the visual timetable for the day and then learning the makaton sign of the day. We are committed to using Makaton sign language to support communication at Muschamp. After this we go out for our daily run to get our hearts beating and get ourselves ready to learn!
Our first lesson of the day is our Essential letters and sounds Phonics session. After this we have time to play in the continuous provision inside and outside.
Before lunch we have our Maths lesson - we usually have a short teaching session followed by our fun follow up activities.
Reception have lunch from 1130-1230.
After lunch we usually have some quiet time doing meditation, reading books or listening to some music. This is usually followed by our story study and creative writing time.
We have lots more play time in the afternoon before a short topic based session at the end of the day.
At hometime we have stories, songs and take part in collective worship.
A normal session in Nursery
In Nursery we start our session with exploring the classroom activities and provision.
We have a short topic session after the register, then children can choose to play inside or outside.
We have a short maths session mid morning followed by more play and then snack at the end of the session.
At the end of the session children take part in a phonics and story time.