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Our Early Years comprises of both Nursery and Reception children.  All staff within the setting work together to meet the needs of each child; We put the individual child at the centre of everything we do!

At Horncastle, we deliver the EYFS curriculum through a range of planned activities that allow children to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they have learnt.  We operate a free flow system allowing the children to work indoors or outdoor in all weather (including snow and rain!)

The children learn through themes which are driven by high quality storybooks.  Our learning environment is set up to allow children to demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways, with the adults in the setting supporting and extending children on a small group or 1:1 basis.  We ensure that all resources are accessible in the classroom so that children can choose their own activity and the resources that they would need in order to carry it out.  It is these independent experiences that the adults in the class will engage with, and assess in an ongoing way.

Our school day has sessions of continuous provision – this is uninterrupted time whereby children can play and learn.  During this time, they also independently help themselves to their snack.  

In every school, Reception teachers use the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) to assess the progress your child makes during the year.  Its intended purpose is to provide Year 1 teachers and parents with reliable and accurate information about each child’s level of development at the end of the EYFS.  This enables Year 1 teachers to plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum for the following year that will meet the needs of each child.  During the EYFS year, we undertake regular observations and assessments and record these using the Evidence Me app. We encourage parents and the children themselves to share their successes as well. We give regular feedback to parents during the school year through Parent Consultations and face-to-face interactions to inform and update them on their child’s progress.

An important element of geography is the study of the environment, our impact on it and what we can do about sustainable development.

Early Years Rationale