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22/10/21

Congratulations to Lois in Penguin Class for achieving her Diamond Standard in presentation. https://t.co/wCPhuA8cdM

22/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Day event! https://t.co/0ewNK3l3Ui

22/10/21

Thank you to all our parents who came into our Cultural Day event yesterday, it was great to share their learning with you and enjoy activities together. https://t.co/RyduR5CTPo

22/10/21

It is wonderful seeing so many children in their traditional dress to end our fabulous Cultural Week! https://t.co/HG8ZiVebmy

21/10/21

Happy Birthday to Harrison, Harley, Jasmine, Monte, Alexandru and Evelyn celebrating their birthdays this week and next week, we hope you have fantastic day. https://t.co/laD4yMAXQD

20/10/21

Penguin Class had a basketball tournament today! https://t.co/7SwKO1edaW

20/10/21

Penguin Class enjoyed learning about Nigeria and Kenya as part of Cultural Week. https://t.co/Vl2A3VEcbc

20/10/21

Year 5 really enjoyed tasting Nigerian Jollof Rice this week during Cultural Week. https://t.co/kMz6SeEgkr

19/10/21

Saiya spoke to the children about Canada and Pakistan this week as part of Cultural week, well done! https://t.co/VAJLoig70v

19/10/21

Mr Smith came in to speak to about Australia for our Cultural Week, thank you! https://t.co/iVJh5CsKtF

19/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Week, thank you to Arjan's Dad who came in to talk about Sikhism. https://t.co/fmAIof0iCU

19/10/21

Keiva in Year 5 has painted this wonderful canvas, well done it is fantastic! https://t.co/QohlM3feZF

19/10/21

The start to our Cultural Week has been amazing!! Thank you to our parents who are giving up their time to speak to the children this week, we really appreciate it here is Mrs Okeleke talking to them about Nigeria. https://t.co/fbhta6SOJl

19/10/21

RockSteady were enjoying their rehearsals yesterday. https://t.co/d3kacePCNS

19/10/21

Our School Council have been busy updating the child friendly safeguarding policy during their meeting today. https://t.co/CFgRA1uClI

19/10/21

Space 2 Talk sessions. Please see the flyer for information. No formal diagnosis is required to access any of their services. To attend the sessions please follow this link to book: https://t.co/AnrUSL8IVQ https://t.co/5ZCWTJyM7d

18/10/21

Owl Class have been making life-size skeletons by drawing around their bodies and labelling the parts with scientific names. https://t.co/wpD8bGc9sF

15/10/21

Patrick Tootal has been speaking to Year 5 and 6 about his experiences as a child in World War 2. https://t.co/FOwyiVs06d

15/10/21

The Governors enjoyed meeting with the School Council today. https://t.co/b7TOV5lcad

15/10/21

A wonderful montage of artwork linked to Vincent van Gogh, a special thank you to Megan in Year 5 for creating beautiful canvases. https://t.co/am7bSPRC6c

15/10/21

Poppy in Year 6 has written a fantastic final published piece of work on her evacuee learning. https://t.co/VSKAdPlpXi

15/10/21

Chloe with her fabulous Diamante poem. https://t.co/rkzdNmTOSy

15/10/21

Some wonderful examples of the final outcomes of what the children have learnt about the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/35V9zvxuDZ

15/10/21

Kai and Arabella are showcasing their learning on the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/fu6dwJhQBu

15/10/21

Astrid is busy completing her published work on her rainforest learning. https://t.co/5PoYJNP7tK

15/10/21

Our Governors have been visited school today with a focus on reading, they enjoyed hearing some of our pupils read to them. https://t.co/gUbBiknjC2

14/10/21

Dolphin Class have been busy starting to make their Anderson Shelters linked to their WW2 learning. https://t.co/WpErRZAAZe

14/10/21

We held a Rights Respecting Assembly today focusing on International Day for Disaster Reduction. The children learnt about the impact of disasters and the advances the world has made in making places safer from disasters. https://t.co/WGYsYhnuvr

12/10/21

Panda Class have been taking their first steps learning to ride a bike today, they have enjoyed a balanceability session on balance bikes. 🚴‍♀️ https://t.co/4rQMwsqNo7

11/10/21

Happy Birthday to Daisy, Ava, Madison, CeCe and Lily-Ann who are celebrating their birthdays this week, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uRAQ3WWHu4

11/10/21

Well done to jasmine for her amazing maths learning! https://t.co/ifSlbXEKHB

11/10/21

Thank you for all your generous Harvest donations, we enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival on Friday and thank you to everyone who volunteered and came to the service. https://t.co/rgMcvq0Uku

08/10/21

We are celebrating World Mental Health Day on Sunday. Our website has great information and resources to support your wellbeing, follow this link to take a look: https://t.co/OHoM0FmrRy https://t.co/Geb0Q2nIti

06/10/21

Debate club are putting forward the debate 'It's good to be famous'. They are planning their arguments for and against. https://t.co/j7G2tEOPv5

05/10/21

Meet our new School Councilors who have been elected this week. https://t.co/Zyiu55PqQO

05/10/21

Happy Birthday to Raj, Chloe, Max and Krista celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/0C6I8LeXTS

04/10/21

On Friday's in assembly we celebrate the children's commitment to the wider curriculum. This week we focused on musical talent, everyone enjoyed the performance! 🎼 https://t.co/qxtv4CIpUC

29/09/21

Lily-Ann in Penguin Class has written this fabulous published version of a setting description from Goodnight Mr Tom! https://t.co/ltD1IoZ1Q5

29/09/21

We are taking bookings for our Open Morning tours for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. Please see the flyer for dates and details of how to book. We look forward to welcoming you into our school. https://t.co/HQzCu9StqR

27/09/21

Happy Birthday to Hayden celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/Rts1l5vMPV

EYFS

In Early Years at VIPS Holborough Lakes, we want parents and carers to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

We want our children to be excited and motivated to learn through our rich and challenging learning experiences.

We have high expectations for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s interests and stage of development so all can thrive and develop.

We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others.

  

                     EYFS 1                            EYFS 2                           EYFS 3

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

At Holborough Lakes our aim is to create a learning environment and build relationships which support, enhance and invite a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs.

We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential. It is our intent that children who enter our EYFS begin their lifelong learning journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.

Our baseline assessment in September allows us to consider every child’s starting point and their individual needs as they begin their learning journey.

Every child has access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which prepares them for now and for the future in terms of opportunities and experiences.

Our curriculum is child centred following the interests and fascinations of the children in the current year group. We aim to provide motivating first-hand experiences whilst encouraging children to achieve and work together to succeed.

Implementation

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document supports the children’s learning and development in the EYFS and provides the prime and specific areas to cover within our curriculum.

Through our knowledge of each child and formative assessments the EYFS team plan exciting and engaging activities that will move the children’s learning forward. This may involve following a class theme where we take advantage of cross curricular links in order to combine transferable skills and develop a wide-ranging vocabulary which underpins the children’s learning. This may also include following individual children’s interests and making the most of those focused moments where the teaching and learning can be maximised in a one-to-one way with teacher and child. Each year creates its own unique blend of whole class, guided, adult directed play and child-initiated play activities dependant on the nature and needs of the class of individuals.

Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively and this takes place both indoors and in our outdoor area. Our outdoor area is open all year round and in all but the most challenging weather conditions. Children make their own decisions about where they learn best and teachers ensure that there are opportunities for all areas of learning both inside and outside.

Holborough Lakes follows Read Write Ink phonics programme. Every child has access to a phonics session every day. This includes a speed sound session, introduction to a new sound, FRED talk, word time and finally practising our handwriting. These sessions are thoroughly enjoyed by our early year’s children. We teach pre cursive and then cursive handwriting as appropriate over the year.

We provide effective and focused intervention for those children who are finding learning challenging and are not on track to meet expectations at the end of the year. This will be provided in an inclusive way and support from parents is also enlisted at an early stage to ensure that the children have every chance to achieve the Early Learning Goals.

The EYFS team collect evidence of children’s learning through observations, photos and videos which are shared with parents daily using the DOJO online system. This means that parents can engage with children regularly about their learning and can contribute to the knowledge we have of the child in school. Parents are very active and love to use DOJO to record the milestones children make at home during the year enabling achievements both inside and outside of school to be celebrated.

The team in Panda class work tirelessly to ensure that children are surrounded by a kind, caring and happy environment which helps them develop the same skills in their journey through school. It is a positive place to be where resilience, perseverance and successes are celebrated, and every child feels valued and respected.

Impact

The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1. Our children are often amazing role models for others in school.

We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child, photographs and videos on DOJO. We aim to exceed the National and Local Authority data for children achieving Good Level of Development.  Almost all our children make more than the expected steps progress from their starting points.

The judgements of our school are moderated with our VIAT schools and the EYFS Coordinator N. Craig meets with all EYFS teachers on a termly basis.  This means judgements are secure and consistent with government guidelines.

The teaching and pedagogy are reviewed and evaluated regularly through termly VIAT team meetings where all the EYFS teachers across the trust attend. These have an agenda and actions which are then reviewed in the following meeting. We ensure that the areas we discuss and develop are reflected in changes and developments in our classroom practice.

The Early Years provision features in all areas of the School Development Plan and has a rigorous plan for development each year. This is monitored and evaluated by the EYFS Lead, the Head teacher and our SIP.