Part of the Glyn Academies Trust



The Four EYFS Principles 

The statutory framework is based on four guiding principles which shape practice in our Early Years Classes. These are: 
1) A Unique Child 
2) Positive Relationships 
3) Enabling Environments 
4) Learning and Development
We are fully committed to the purpose and aims of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation (2014) which clearly states: 
‘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.’ 
Our Early Years Foundation Stage aims to create a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment for all children; we do this through:
  • Encourage confidence, independence and a desire to learn; (having quality interactions and provision through our Steam Curriculum)
  • Focus on the development of every child as an individual, valuing and building on their previous experiences and responding to their individual needs; (Objective led planning)
  • Work in partnership with parents and carers; (daily communications at drop off and pick up, tapestry, class Do-Jos, the weekly newsletter and twice a year parents evening meetings)
  • Develop in children an enquiring mind, an interest in learning and an enthusiasm for the next stage of school life; (cultural capital and the characteristics of learning embedded in our STEAM curriculum)
  • Provide good foundations for later learning; (RWI phonics STEAM links to the EYFS Curriculum)
  • Encourage good social relationships, developing self-esteem and respect for others. (zones of regulation)

Reading and phonics at Longford Park School 

Children who have stories and rhymes read to them regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds!  
More importantly, reading with your child will them the tools to become independent life –long learners. 
We can achieve this together through: 
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way, starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex, it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.  At Longford Park School we teach phonics through the Read, Write Inc programme. 
Read Write Inc. (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Longford Park we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7, in Yr2 if they still need support in their reading. 
We group children across Reception and Key Stage One into RWI groups. Children learn with others at a similar challenge (not too easy, not too hard). Your child will have daily phonic sessions. 
For information on how to support your child at home please click here
Some useful parent resources:
Is your child ready for school - tick sheet
Booklist: CLICK HERE
Guide to physical activity in children under 5 - CLICK HERE
Read Write Inc Formation Rhymes - CLICK HERE

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