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EYFS

Welcome to our EYFS page that covers information for our pupils starting their school journey in Nursery (3 to 4 years old) and Reception (4 to 5 years old).

Within this page, we will introduce our EYFS curriculum statement, our environments, our curriculum map for Nursery and Reception and provide information about how we document and assess the pupils learning and development. Also contained within this page is the day-to-day information you will need if your child attends our Nursery or Reception classes. 

New Intake – EYFS Transition Infomation

For information for our new EYFS (Nursery and Reception) pupils, please follow this link.

Links to the sections of the page:

EYFS Curriculum Statement

Our Environment

Tapestry 

Stay and Play

Nursery

Reception

EYFS Curriculum Statement

The Foundation Stage emphasises that children learn most effectively through planned and purposeful play. At Starbank School, the children are given uninterrupted lengths of time throughout the day to play and follow their own ideas, inclinations and fascinations. This learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. During play, children learn to collaborate and cooperate with peers, to share, to talk and to negotiate with one another. Learning also takes place in directed sessions which include whole class and small group teaching.

Language acquisition is at the heart of all we do. Staff model language and hold meaningful conversations with individuals and groups of children. Staff introduce children to new vocabulary through effective communication which may be adding information without necessarily asking questions.

Our ‘Learning Adventures’ are built around a set of core texts which have been carefully chosen in order to support the children’s language development. This allows the children to explore key topics in detail, whilst also providing them with the opportunity to use and apply the vocabulary they have been learning during their play.

We arrange visits to a variety of venues, for example, Ash End House Farm, the Sea Life Centre, the theatre, and the EcoPark. We also invite a range of visitors into school including Juggling Jim, the mobile planetarium, dental nurse, fire officers, police, musicians ​and artists. These memorable experiences contribute to the children’s learning across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Our Environment

In the Foundation Stage at Starbank School, our principles are influenced by a range of pedagogies linked with the individual needs of our children. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors and children are free to move between the two at different times of the day. We believe this independent learning time supports children to extend and consolidate learning which has taken place during focus teaching time; as well and allowing time for children to explore their own interests and fascinations.

At Starbank we take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy which focuses on the belief that the child is at the centre of the learning and self-discovery is at the heart of the curriculum. Our Reggio-inspired ​environment utilises neutral colours and maximises natural light to ensure the environment is calm and welcoming, offering a home-from-home experience. 

 
Resources are carefully chosen to be open-ended and flexible and, wherever possible, natural and life-like. They are organised and accessible to support independence. Children are taught where to find the resources and allowed to access them as they need them.

Our Nursery:

Bierton Road

Starbank Road

Our Reception:

Bierton Road

Starbank Road

Hob Moor Road

Tapestry

All children attending Starbank School have a personal online learning journal on Tapestry which staff use to record observations, photos/videos and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. This enables us to build up a record of each child’s learning and achievements during their time with us.

Parents are given access to their child’s Tapestry learning journal so they can view and comment on the observations made by staff. We also encourage parents to contribute by uploading photos, videos and comments of their learning development and experiences at home.

You can access your child’s Tapestry learning journal by inputting your login details on the link below:

www.tapestryjournal.com

Stay and Play

We run ‘Stay N’ Play’ sessions at our Bierton Road and Starbank Road sites. This is for parents and their children to attend from birth. The play sessions give parents the opportunity to play with their child using lots of different toys and resources, learn about their child’s development, pick up tips and to ask any questions they may have.

The session times are as follows:

Bierton Road: every Tuesday from 9:15am-11:15am

Starbank Road: every Thursday from 9:00am-11:00am and from 12:30pm-2:30pm

 

There is currently a waiting list for ‘Stay N’ Play’ so please contact the offices on our Bierton Road and Starbank Road for more information.

Nursery

At Starbank School, we have Nursery provision for 3-4 year olds at our Starbank Road and Bierton Road sites. Each Nursery is led by a qualified teacher who is supported by a team of teaching assistants who each take responsibility for a key group of children.

Our aim is to support all children to become happy, confident, articulate, inquisitive and independent learners.

Nursery Curriculum Map

Nursery

Autumn 1
This is Me!
Autumn 2
Down in the Jungle
Spring 1
Once Upon a Time
Spring 2
Are We There Yet?
Summer 1
It’s a Farmer’s Life
Summer 2
How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nursery Progression Statement

Coming to our Nursery for many of our children, is the first time they will be mixing with children and adults outside of their family. We aim to make this experience as positive as possible by ensuring a smooth transition from home to school life. The focus of the Nursery year is to welcome the children to the world of education. We develop their sense of self and their ability to communicate effectively with others and form positive relationships. By the end of the Nursery year, we strive to ensure all children are working at Age Related Expectations to ensure they are ready to start Reception as confident and independent learners.

Nursery Information

The School Day

There are two sessions in Nursery at Starbank School. All of the places we offer are on a part-time basis and parents have the opportunity to indicate a preference when they apply for a Nursery place. The school will try to accommodate parent preferences where possible.

Monday to Thursday:

Mornings: 8:30am-11:30am

Afternoons: 12:30pm-3:30pm

Friday

Mornings: 8:30am-10:00am

Afternoons: 10:30am-12:00pm

 

What your child will need

All children are expected to wear the school uniform which includes black school shoes.

Your child will also need:

  • A bag containing a spare change of clothes.
  • A waterproof coat.
  • A school book bag 

Reception

At Starbank School, we have two Reception classes on each of our three sites. Each Reception class has up to 30 children who are taught by a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. In addition to this, we have a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and SEN support staff who work in our Reception classes.

Our aim throughout the Reception year is to support the children to become confident, independent learners who welcome challenge and are eager to learn.

Reception Curriculum Map

Reception

Autumn 1
My World, Our World
Autumn 2
The Big Bang!
Spring 1
Land of Adventure
Spring 2
Far, Far Away
Summer 1
Go Wild!
Summer 2
Land Ahoy!

Reception Progression Statement

When the children join Reception they arrive with various levels of prior knowledge and experience. Our aim is to ensure that all children finish Reception meeting the national expectations of a Good Level of Development.  This is achieved through a carefully planned curriculum and high-quality interactions with skilled staff, ensuring all children make accelerated progress. Our curriculum is planned to ensure we build on prior knowledge and the level of challenge offered increases throughout the school year. 

At Starbank School we understand and respect that all children learn at different rates, however, we strive to ensure all children are supported to reach their full potential so that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education.

Reception Information

The School Day

The Reception day begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 12:00pm on Fridays.

During the day the children will be taught as a whole class, in small groups and individually, as well as having the opportunity to explore their own interests and fascinations during independent learning time.

What your child will need

All children are expected to wear the school uniform which includes black school shoes.

Your child will also need:

  • A pump bag with a PE kit of black shorts, white polo shirt and a pair of elasticated pumps.
  • A waterproof coat.

A school book bag