Baring Road, Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO31 8DS.
Inspire, Achieve, Celebrate
At Gurnard Primary School our aim is to provide high quality early years provision that meets the needs of children and their families. Our provision is based on the understanding that “Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage March 2014
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. At Gurnard Primary School, children join the Reception Class in the year that they turn five. Our provision is based on the four Early Years Foundation Stage principles of: A Unique Child; Positive Relationships; Enabling Environments; and Learning and Development.
A unique Child
All children and their families are valued at Gurnard Primary School and the diversity of individuals and communities is valued and respected. Children are treated as individuals and have equal access to all provisions available. We recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. All children are encouraged to achieve their personal best and planning is adapted to meet the needs of all groups and abilities. Any child with potential Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) is identified at the earliest possible opportunity. Concerns are always discussed with parents/carers at an early stage and the school’s Inclusion Lead is called upon for further information and advice. Appropriate steps are taken in accordance with the school’s SEND Policy.
At Gurnard Primary School our aim is to provide a rich and varied indoor and outdoor environment that supports children’s learning and development. This begins by observing the children and assessing their interests, development and prior learning to ensure that opportunities and experiences respond to the individual needs of the child. We recognise that some children prefer to learn outside rather than inside. Learning outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors and the children have free flow access to the outdoor environment at all times.
Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework provides a structure of learning opportunities through which we develop the different aspects of early education. All of the areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities, both indoors and outdoors.
Three prime areas of:
Four specific areas of:
Personal social & emotional development
Communication and language
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design