Early Years Policy

Under Review – CONTENTS

  1. Introduction.
  2. Staffing.
  3. The Principles for Early Years Education.
  4. The Importance of Play.
  5. Implementation.
  6. Language, Literacy and Communication.
  7. Personal and Social Development, Wellbeing & Cultural Diversity.
  8. Mathematical Development.
  9. Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
  10. Physical Development.
  11. Creative Development.
  12. Welsh Language Development (Bilingualism).
  13. Religious Education.
  14. The role of the Teaching Assistant.
  15. Nursery Induction.
  16. Reporting to Parents.
  17. Friends of Holt School.
  18. Cool Cats.
  19. Health and Safety.
  20. Special Needs.
  21. Background information.
  22. Monitoring.
  23. Review.

1. INTRODUCTION

This document has been drawn up by the Governors, Head Teacher and Early Years staff at Holt County Primary School to meet the educational requirements of the Early Years. This document will form the foundation of the framework for the planning and delivery for the pre-national curriculum.

2. STAFFING

Acting Head Teacher: Mrs Kate Goodwin.

Early Years Teacher: Mrs Janet Jones.

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Julie Furber and Mrs Sandra Roberts.

3. THE PRINCIPLES FOR EARLY YEARS EDUCATION OUR PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

A young child is a unique individual who may be:

Lively and inquisitive.

Introverted / extroverted.

Unpredictable.

Self – centred.

Dependent.

A young child needs:

Opportunities for self expression.

Opportunities for investigating & exploration.

Discipline.

Becoming independent.

Security.

Reflection.

Reinforcement.

Safe, caring environment.

Stimulating

Experiences.

Encouragement.

Communication.

Routine.

Confidence.

4. THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

At Holt Community Primary School, play is seen as an integral part of Early Years Education / Philosophy enabling children to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. As Early Years providers we ensure that progression in the acquisition of skills and the development of concepts is catered for through planned play activities.

Children learn through:

Doing.

Discovery.

Discussion.

Repetition.

Experiences.

Questioning.

Self-discipline.

Observing.

Play activities provided will give opportunities for equal participation of both boys and girls.

5. IMPLEMENTATION

The aims and objectives of an Early Years Curriculum are to promote a child’s:

Language, Literacy and Communication Skills.

Personal and Social Development,

Wellbeing & Cultural Diversity,

Mathematical Development.

Knowledge and Understanding

Of the World.

Physical Development.

Creative Development.

Welsh Language Development (Bilingualism)

Religious Education.

6. LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

Throughout the Early Years at Holt County Primary School, we aim to provide a wide range of language experiences which are intended to enable the children to:

Listen to a good story. Listen, respond to, and recall songs, nursery rhymes, poems and jingles. Communicate needs. Ask questions and listen to responses. Relate the broad thrust of the story. Re-tell their own experiences, broadly in the order in which they occurred.  Discuss their current individual and group play and refer to their intentions. Express opinions and make choices. Identify and explain events illustrated in pictures. Choose a book and hold it the right way. Understand that written symbols have sound and meaning. Understand some of the functions of writing. Enjoy marking and basic writing experiences-using pencils, crayons etc. Use marking implements for a range of purposes: painting, drawing, writing, scribbling.

 

 

THE AIMS.

Opportunities will be provided for the development of communication skills through speaking and listening, reading and writing, in the areas of:

Listening to stories, rhymes, poems and jingles.                                    

Early writing skills.

Floor play activities.                

Imaginative e.g.

home corner.

I.T. activities.                    

Pre-reading activities.

Watching  T.V.Programmes.

Discussion with adults and peers.

7. PERSONAL & SOCIAL, WELLBEING & CULTURAL DIVERSITY.

By the time they are five, children at Holt County Primary School will have been offered experiences to prepare them for being a member of a group and a wider community, developing appropriate attitudes and standards of good behaviour. To meet these criteria pupils will be encouraged to:

Feel confident and be able to form relationships with other children and with adults. Demonstrate care, respect and affection for other children and adults. Begin to show sensitivity to others and to those with difficulties. Concentrate for lengthening periods when involved in appropriate tasks. Explore and experiment confidently with new learning opportunities. Acknowledge the need for help and seek help when needed. Begin to take responsibility for personal hygiene (e.g. washing hands after using the toilet, before handling food and so on). Dress themselves, if given time and encouragement. Take turns, share and begun to exercise self-control. Understand that all living things should be treated with care, respect and concern.

THE AIMS.

 

 

Children will be encouraged to establish good relationships with peers and adults and to take responsibility for personal hygiene through training and by example. They will develop a greater awareness of the world about them, through discussion and stories.

8. MATHEMATICAL DEVELOPMENT.

Our approach to understanding mathematical processes and concepts forms the foundation of numeracy. The Early Years curriculum at Holt County Primary School will provide hands on experiences to enable the child to understand the concept of number. Practical experiences provided will enable the children to:

Use mathematical language in relevant contexts; shape, position, size and quantity. Recognise and recreate basic patterns. Recall a range of number rhymes, songs, stories and counting games. Sort, match, order, sequence, compare and cout familiar objects. Begin to understand mathematical concepts such as ‘less’ and ‘more’. Begin to understand the purpose of money. Begin to recognise numbers and begin to match number to sign and sound.

THE AIMS.

 

Opportunities will be provided for the development of mathematical language within the areas of:

Sorting and matching.

Comparisons.

Shape.

Number.

Patterns.

I.T.

Time.

9. KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD.

Early Years pupils will have the opportunity to explore the local environment and to become aware of the world around them. This will establish the basis of future scientific, technological and humanitarian educational development. Experiences provided will aim to enable the children to:

Talk about home and where they live. Begin to understand about different places such as the countryside and the town. Have a basic understanding of the seasons and their features. Begin to understand the idea of time: meal times, times of the day (morning, bedtime), sequencing (yesterday, today, tomorrow). Identify some kinds of workers by characteristics of work, dentist, doctor, farmer, teacher, postal worker, factory worker, mechanic etc. Have a basic understanding of the purpose and use of money. Begin to find out about outcomes, problem solving, and decision-making. Begin to understand the use of a variety of information sources (e.g. books, television, school library, I.T.). Begin to appreciate the importance of the environment. Begin to understand about food and where it comes from. Begin to appreciate the differences in and uses of a range of materials. Make choices and select materials from a range, exploring their potential, cutting, folding, joining and comparing.

THE AIMS.

Opportunities will be provided for the children to develop a greater understanding of the world through topic based activities.

Problem solving.

Predicting.

Questioning & communicating.

Observing & experimenting.

Decision making.

Scientific language.

Properties of objects/materials.

10. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT.

In order to promote an understanding of the concepts of health, hygiene and safety it is important that the developing child will have access to a range of experiences in a safe and stimulating environment. To encourage the development of physical control, a range of manipulative skills and opportunities will be provided to ensure that children:

Have an awareness of their own bodies and growth. Move confidently, with increasing control and co-ordination. Use a range of small and large equipment with increasing skill and confidence (bikes, balls etc). Handle small tools and objects with increasing control and for appropriate purposes (e.g. pencils, paintbrushes etc). Understand, appreciate and enjoy the differences between running, walking, skipping, jumping, climbing and hopping. Understand and respond to suggestions about spatial relationships (e.g. behind, underneath, below, on top of and above).

THE AIMS.

 

 

Opportunities will be provided for the children to develop fine and gross motor skills through the following activities:

Small apparatus (lego, mobilo,

pencils, paintbrushes etc).

Large apparatus (Bikes, trucks etc).

Physical Education activities.

Games activities.

Outdoor play.

11. CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT.

Children learn through sensory experiences. In order to develop their imaginative, creative and expressive abilities, opportunities will be provided to allow them to:

Respond to and enjoy rhythm in music and music-making with a range of instruments and with their voices. Use a range of materials to create representational images (pictures, drawings, constructions). Make choices about colour and medium. Respond to suggestions for dance and imitative movements. Discuss work in progress and completed (e.g. painting, instrument making). Begin to enjoy role play and imaginative drama. Begin to observe and appreciate the work of others. Begin to differentiate sounds without visual clues (e.g. animals, instruments, voices).

THE AIMS.

 

Opportunities will be provided for the children to express themselves through:

Music.

Dance.

Art/craft activities.

Drama.

D.T.

12. WELSH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (BILINGUALISM).

 

 

Throughout the Early Years at Holt County Primary School, we aim to provide a wide range of Welsh language experiences which are intended to enable the children to:

Listen, respond to, and recall songs, nursery rhymes, poems and jingles. Communicate needs. Ask questions and listen to responses. Use of simple phrases. Become aware of the use of the Welsh language as a medium of communication. Respond positively to a range of new cultural and linguistic experiences.

 

 

THE AIMS.

Opportunities will be provided for the development of communication skills through speaking and listening, in the areas of:

Listening to rhymes,

poems and jingles.

Imaginative e.g.

home corner.

I.T. activities.

Watching

T.V.Programmes.

Discussion with adults

and peers.

13. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.

 

Throughout the Early Years at Holt County Primary School, we aim to provide a wide range of experiences which are intended to enable the children to:

Encourage Spiritual and Moral Development, we aim to instil in our pupils an awareness of the values of honesty, fairness and respect. We will do this through the discussion of Christian and other cultural stories and customs and intend to develop an awareness and respect of the traditions of our own and other cultures. We encourage children to explore their own ideas and feelings in order to develop a sense of awe and wonder.

 

 

THE AIMS.

Opportunities will be provided for the development of Religious education in the areas of:

Listening to stories

I.T. activities.

Discussion with adults

and peers.

14. THE ROLE OF THE TEACHING ASSISTANT.

The Teaching Assistants at Holt Community Primary School are Mrs Julie Furber and Mrs Sandra Roberts who are valued members of the Early Years team.

Mrs Furber and Mrs Roberts liaise with Mrs Janet Jones and Mrs Kate Goodwin in the areas outlined in the job description supplied by Wrexham County Borough Council – Teaching Assistants and is available in school for inspection.

15. NURSERY INDUCTION.

In the term before commencement of the new academic year and following registration forms being accepted by Wrexham County Borough Council, parents are invited along with their child to the Nursery Induction. At this meeting an information pack is provided, any queries answered, and the opportunity to meet the staff and view the school is given.

A copy of the Nursery Booklet is available in school for inspection.

16. REPORTING TO PARENTS.

Within the first seven weeks a summative report (Travelling Together) is sent out following entry into Nursery. Any concerns regarding children in the Early Years on a daily basis are dealt with at the earliest opportunity. More serious concerns are dealt with through Early Years School Action / School Action Plus procedures in accordance with the New Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales.

Baseline assessment in the Reception class is carried out within the first seven weeks of the Autumn Term. In the second Term parents are invited to discuss their child’s development with the class teacher.

An end of year Report is sent out to every Nursery and Reception parent/carer with an invitation for parents/carers to discuss any concerns and view the children’s work.

Copies of the “Travelling Together” and “Baseline Assessment” documents are available in school.

17. FRIENDS OF HOLT SCHOOL.

An active Parent Teacher Fund Raising Committee exists within the school and parents are welcome to attend. For minutes of meetings etc please see the notice board in the main entrance.

18. COOL CATS OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB.

A breakfast and after school club is in operation in the school hall. For details of the club please contact Mrs Julie Furber.

 

 

19. HEALTH AND SAFETY.

 

The Early Years are covered by the Schools’ Health and Safety Policy.

20. SPECIAL NEEDS.

 

The Early Years are covered by the Schools’ Special Needs Policy.

Outside agencies including Educational Psychologists, Health Visitors and Speech Therapists are consulted at the Early Years stage through School Action and School Action Plus procedures.

21. BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

 

The following document was used in the drawing up of this policy:

Framework for Children’s Learning for 3 to 7 year olds in Wales.

22. MONITORING.

 

This policy will be monitored by the Early Years Staff in consultation with the Headteacher on an annual basis.

23. REVIEW.

This policy will be reviewed every two years.

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