The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. The EYFS is based upon four principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
We follow the curriculum as set out by the government covering the three Prime areas of learning:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
2. Communication and Language (CL) and
3. Physical Development,
and the Specific areas of learning:
1. Literacy (L),
2. Mathematics (M),
3. Understanding the World (UW) and
4. Expressive Arts & Design (EAD).
All areas of learning are important at this stage and the planning and activities are based around this.
The staff within the Reception classes work closely together to ensure that the provision available to the children is well-resourced and planned in depth to maximise the learning of each individual in a safe and exciting environment. This provision also includes a commitment that every child has the opportunities to work together in the outdoor environment on a daily basis.
At Lakeside Primary, we are very lucky to have a Forest School within our school grounds. Our Forest Schools area is in the top corner of the school playing fields. We have a base camp and various areas including grass, digging, over-grown and a mud kitchen. Our fully trained Forest Schools teacher is Mr Fisher. The Reception children are timetabled to our Forest School on a weekly basis. They visit in small groups and have a wonderful time learning about the natural environment and how to handle risks. The children develop their teamwork skills through games and activities and express their creativity through environmental art. At the end of the session the children enjoy a warming chocolate drink and a yummy biscuit!
Forest Schools makes a difference to our children because it
- increases self-esteem and self confidence
- supports the children in learning to work together
- encourages an improved understanding of the outdoors and how to look after it
- increases the children’s skills and knowledge in every area of the curriculum
The experience of Forest Schools is very valuable to our children. We are so fortunate at Lakeside to have this fantastic facility on our school site. The benefits to all children are striking, particularly in developing their confidence and independence.