At Griffin, we are early adopters of the revised EYFS framework, 2020-21.
Under The Early Years Foundation Stage (Exemption from Learning and Development Requirements) and Childcare (Exemption from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Secretary of State for Education grants exemption from the following sections of the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework:
a) The educational programmes under EYFS paragraph 1.5; and
b) The early learning goals set out on pages 10 to 12 of the EYFS; and
a) The requirements set out in paragraph 2.6 to 2.11 of the EYFS relating to
Assessments and moderation at the end of the reception year – the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile –
which requires settings to complete the Profile and submit the same to the local authority.
Griffin will instead follow in full the EYFS reforms early adopter framework
Early Years education focuses on seven areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are…
CL communication and language
PD physical development
PSED personal social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are…
EAD expressive arts and design
UW understanding the world
There are 4 key principles that underpin our practice in the Reception Classes at Griffin Primary.
A Unique Child
We recognise that all children are different. We identify and celebrate their strengths and support their areas for development.
Our pupils interact well with each other and with the adults in the school. We encourage parents to be involved with their child’s education.
Our indoor and outdoor areas encourage exploration, investigation, and independent learning. Our displays and resources are well maintained and reflect current learning.
Learning and Development
Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Learning is playful, practical, and purposeful and builds upon prior attainment. Our children enjoy coming to school.
The outside area is seen as an extension of the classroom and the above opportunities will be available outside as well as inside.
Through all of our strands we aim to develop the children as they Play and Explore, be an Active Learner and to have Creative and Critical Thinking.
The staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities, play and through more focussed work. We use observations of the children, photos, the work that they do, feedback from parents and comments made by the children, as well as a new ipad app to decide where we believe the children are working in the 17 areas of learning.
This is based on the Development Matters document which gives statements for the ages of the children. We share this with parents and base the next steps for the children on this.
The planning each term and each week is taken from the previous week’s findings, the interests of the children and the next steps.