Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Summercourt Academy.
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to reach their full potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up."
Our Philosophies and Aims
At Summercourt Academy our philosophy "Aim high, smile and shine" is introduced right at the start of the school journey during the Reception year. We embed a shared vision for our pupils to work hard, enjoy learning and reach their goals.
We have developed a carefully planned, sequential and challenging Early Years curriculum, which allows all of our pupils to become independent and confident learners. We balance a child initiated approach through our Continuous provision and discrete adult taught sessions to ensure that children learn the knowledge and skills needed in preparation for Key Stage 1. Each half termly topic begins with an enquiry based question and we start by gathering the children's prior knowledge and initial thoughts for starting points.
We believe that children should be involved in making decisions about their own learning and so we bring their fascinations and interests into our planning, which promotes high levels of engagement and wellbeing.
Our Continuous Provision is carefully planned to ensure that we provide an environment that allows children time, space and opportunity to practise and refine their learning. We use a high quality core set of resources which are built up throughout the year as children develop their skills. We include enhancements for a hook into our current enquiry question for our new topics of learning.
The Areas of Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of seven areas of learning and development that shape our EYFS curriculum, they are all important and inter-connected:
Recommended websites for Literacy and Mathematics development to use at home with your child.