Welcome to Haughton School. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Class is Badgers Class, and we can have a combination of children who are Reception age and Year 1 depending on our intake for each specific year. We provide child-centred, developmentally appropriate and individualised learning opportunities for our children as they begin their learning journey at Haughton School. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to inform and guide our provision, together with advice provided in each child’s Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). Each child’s EHCP is reviewed 12 months after the previous Plan, where learning outcomes will be assessed and new outcomes will be set. We value our parents and carers as their child’s first educators and maintain communication through our Home and School Diary, phone calls, emails, targets on your child’s book-bag and Tapestry, which is an online learning journey we encourage parents and carers to contribute to. We liaise with other professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists when required.
In Badgers Class the children learn through an exciting balance of child-initiated learning (learning through play) both inside and outside in our own outside area and adult-led activities in a distraction-free space where we follow the interests of the children to ensure that high levels of engagement are maintained, alongside stimulating topics using a variety of quality books, which help to scaffold the children’s learning and provide us with an engaging hook to plan creative activities from. Our children learn through short, engaging whole-class, small group work and one-to-one sessions across the day whilst they enjoy plenty of child-initiated learning opportunities.
Our curriculum provision and practice is underpinned by the overarching principles of the EYFS:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and/or carers.
- Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.
As a team when planning and guiding what our children learn we consider and reflect how our children are learning and at what rate which then ensures that we adjust our practice appropriately. We ensure that we constantly reflect on the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning and they are:
- Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
- Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements
- Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
We focus on the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which are:
Communication and Language where we provide a language rich environment which enables our children to develop vital listening and attention, and communication skills through a total communication approach using a range of specialised teaching activities which are PECs, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, objects of reference, photographs and symbols, Colourful Semantics, Communication boards and books and ‘Now and Next’ boards, visual timetables and quality interactions with skilled staff within our enabling environment. Children take part in a social snack session which encourages them to request for their chosen snack, pour their own drink, take turns and interact with their peers and the staff member leading this session.