Calverton Primary School has one Nursery class and three Reception classes, which form the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). During certain parts of each session children from the Nursery and Reception mix together and take part in the same activities. We have two Nursery sessions each day, AM Nursery's hours are 8.45 to 11.45 and PM Nursery's hours are 12.15 to 3.15.
There are seven areas of learning and development. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- communication and language;
- physical development; and
- personal, social and emotional development.
We also support children in four specific areas, which are:
- understanding the world; and
- expressive arts and design.
The children in the EYFS learn through topic work – please see the curriculum overview to see what they will be finding out about each term. The Nursery and Reception classes follow the same theme each term but through a different strand.
Throughout the year the teaching staff collect evidence through conversations with your child, focused activities, pictures and child initiated play. These observations are kept in individual profiles and parents/carers are welcome to look through them at any time. Parents/cares are also encouraged to contribute evidence for the profiles through conversations and notes about things your child says and does outside of school.
The EYFS has Newham’s Healthy Eating Award. This aims to tackle the poor dental rates and high obesity in the borough. Sugary snacks and drinks are discouraged on school premises and the Nursery children are offered a healthy snack each day which includes milk and water, fruit and a carbohydrate snack. If you would like any advice on healthy eating and packed lunches then please see Mrs Leung in the Nursery.
We need your help and you can do this in a few simple ways. Please make sure your child comes to school every day and on time. It’s great to ask your child about the work they have been doing at school and please praise and encourage all of their efforts.
If you have any questions about the EYFS then please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. You are also welcome to speak with Miss Brunt, the Early Years Leader. You will also find lots of useful information at www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents which explains fully the requirements of the EYFS, how you can help as a parent carer and what you can expect from school.
Calverton Primary School EYFS Curriculum Map
|Autumn 1 – All about me||Autumn 2 – Festival of colours||Spring 1 – Paws and Claws||Spring 2 – Let’s get to work||Summer 1 – Whatever the weather||Summer 2 - Seasons|
For the second year in a row the nursery has been awarded the Healthy Eating Award by the Early Start Community Nutrition Team (ESCNT), which is based in Newham. Children in the nursery learn about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. The children also enjoy a nutritionally balanced snack every day, which they help to prepare. Favourite snacks include crackers with cheese, bread sticks with humus and plain popcorn. We also have access to free nutritional services for children aged 0-19, which are run by the ESCNT. If you would like further information on any of these services please speak to Mrs Fry in the nursery.