Early Years Foundation Stage
We believe that the experiences in our EYFS Class should be exciting, well organised and resourced and build upon what each child already knows. At Upperwood Academy, we strive to give each child a safe, secure and happy foundation that will allow them to make progress throughout their time at our school.
We have a large, busy and stimulating classroom; an enclosed outdoor area; a smaller outdoor classroom and extensive grounds which we love exploring when we have our Forest School. We also have access to the hall, library, playgrounds and field at various times during the week.
Our curriculum is carefully planned in order for every child to achieve their full potential. This is measured against the Statutory Early Learning Goals at the end of the year (Early Years Foundation Stage Profile). Our children experience a wide variety of groupings; they have many opportunities to make lots of new friends and work with different adults.
Within our curriculum, a wide range of experiences and activities cover the seven areas of learning and development:
* Personal, social and emotional development
* Communication and language
* Physical development
* Understanding the world
* Expressive arts and design
Our learning activities are purposeful, engaging, meaningful and fun! Every day, each child will have many opportunities to play, explore, choose, get involved and develop their own skills and understanding with appropriate adult intervention and support.
We have a caring and dedicated Reception team of two teachers, two nursery nurses and two teaching assistants. In addition, children receive specialist music and physical education teaching every week. Parent (and grandparent) volunteers are welcomed alongside student trainees from various providers.
At Upperwood Academy we welcome parents as vital partners and actively seek to establish a positive relationship from the very start. We offer an extended transition period in the summer term before each child starts in September. Pre-school settings are also visited by the Reception team. During the first two weeks in September, children's attendance is staggered to ensure a smooth transition from home to school. Parents and carers are also offered a school tour and can attend an information evening. Parents are always welcome, anytime, to speak to any member of the Reception team.