Our EYFS curriculum at Pallister Park Primary has been sequentially designed to recognise children’s prior learning from a previous setting and their experiences at home, provide first hand learning experiences and to allow the children to build resilience, ambition and integrity. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and protect each child’s characteristics within our school community – something acknowledged within our school’s IQM inclusion award. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that our first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling us to develop a lifelong love of learning.
At Pallister Park Primary School we intend:
- To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.
- To carefully consider the sequence of knowledge and skills necessary for children to make progress towards the early learning goals in our curriculum design.
- To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps sequentially.
- To create an indoor and outdoor environment which supports learning.
- To support transition into KS1.
Relationship with Parents and Carers
We believe that parents and carers are a child’s first educator, and we aim to work very closely with parents. Initial meetings are essential for school to show what we offer and understand your child. Parents are given opportunities to share any concerns and welcomed into a collaborative relationship.
Information sharing with parents is vital and we hold two Consultation Evenings each year as well as providing an end of year report. We use the Tapestry online application to keep parents and carers updated with how their child is doing in class. Reception also use Tapestry to directly inform and engage children’s reading progress with their parents or carers.
We are always available for advice and support so please speak to us at the start and end of sessions or please contact the school office and we can arrange a meeting.
Our EYFS teachers were thrilled to have so many of our wonderful parents and carers join their children in one of their daily phonics lessons this term!
“I found it really useful seeing how the lessons take place and how my child learns each new sound and letter representation. I was able to take resources from his teacher which helps a lot at home as I’m now saying the same as my child’s teacher. My child now enjoys learning at home too”.
“I found the parent phonics lesson amazing! The best thing I’ve ever done in school! It was so lovely seeing my child doing phonics. It’s such a huge relief to watch his teachers teaching him and knowing that I’m doing it right at home. We have started using Fred fingers at home which is so easy now. Coming to the phonics lesson has helped me – it’s such a massive part of my child’s life. We both need to be able to understand how he’s taught in school and can offer consistent support alongside his teachers now”.
Parent quotes taken from Tapestry 13th October 2022