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Early Years

Welcome to Rackham CofE Primary School's Foundation Stage where you will find Ash and Rowan class.


The Foundation Stage at Rackham has been very carefully structured to ensure that our children are provided with opportunities to explore and develop in appropriate ways.


The children develop their learning in a very carefully differentiated environment to ensure that all children are challenged and supported in line with their development. We use the national Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to assess each child's stage of development and the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' underpin all of our work. The documents below explain what these are more clearly.


Children have free access to outdoor learning and we plan for meaningful and fun opportunities as much outdoors as we do for the indoor environment. 


Play provides the context and purpose for learning in Early Years, where a balance of child and adult initiated activities are used to challenge and extend the outcomes for our children. A multi-sensory approach is essential to each child's development as a learner and therefore we provide a stimulating and creative learning environment. Directed teaching sessions occur in whole class and in group situations to make sure the needs of our range of abilities and ages are met. All staff have high expectations of children and therefore teaching is appropriate to not only the child's starting points and learning needs, but also the nationally agreed expectations for their age.  


Each child in Early Years has a Learning Journey that documents their progress in the 17 areas of learning or Early Learning Goals (ELGs).   All staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage have a responsibility to make assessments and observations, maintaining the  Learning Journeys to ensure they are an accurate representation of each child's learning.  


We work towards each child achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) during their time in Early Years which can then be built upon in Key Stage 1 and beyond.  Understanding and tracking what a Good Level of Development looks like throughout a child's time in Early Years, ensures that barriers to learning are identified early and each child makes progress.


As new parents / carers to the school, you may have a host of questions. Don't be afraid to come and ask us!

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