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Oxley Park Early Years Foundation Stage

At Oxley Park Academy we aim to provide each child with the very best start to their lifelong learning journey.   We deliver solid foundations for them to build their learning, no matter which direction this takes them.    Children who come to Oxley Park Academy will engage in  a variety of activities and experiences that are stimulating and challenging in order for them to investigate, explore, be creative and think critically, to concentrate  and  keep trying, as these Characteristics of Effective Learning set children to become confident and competent learners throughout their school life and beyond.

EYFS
The Foundation Stage at Oxley Park consists of a Nursery and four reception (Foundation)  classes.  The children who attend our Nursery follow the standards for the learning, development and care set out in the EYFS.  These standards are for all children from Birth to 5 years, so continue through the reception (Foundation) year.    Children will be taught through the following areas of learning:


Prime Areas
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas
Literacy
Maths
The World
Expressive Arts and Design.

Children are continuously assessed throughout their time in nursery and foundation for their next steps to be set and challenges created in the different areas for children to achieve these.  At the end of their Reception (Foundation) year, final judgements are made from class observations against the Early Learning Goals.  Parents will be informed if their child has met the Early Learning Goal.  Click here for more information, https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2017/03/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf

Environment
We pride ourselves at Oxley Park  Academy with providing children with a rich variety of activities and other experiences in a stimulating and challenging environment of continuous provision, that involves a safe, secure, healthy and stimulating environment where there is adequate supervision.  By ensuring this we nurture opportunities to investigate and satisfy their curiosity, to explore the environment inside and outside the classroom, to extend their sense of wonder and for them to experience success with a positive attitude towards learning.  Children are given appropriate periods of time for learning through sustained involvement in child initiated and adult-directed challenges.  Interactions with sensitive and understanding adults to support the needs of individuals.   It is important that children feel secure in their relationships with adults and that they know that the adults are there to support them and will treat them and sensitively participate in their learning.

Topics
Nursery and Foundation will both follow our new Doorways and Pathways Enrichment Topics.