Welcome to our
Early Years Foundation Stage
'The EYFS is about how children learn, as well as what they learn. Children need opportunities to develop their own play and independent exploration. This is enjoyable and motivating.' - Development Matters 2021
We aim for all pupils to leave our EYFS as confident, self-motivated, resilient and creative individuals who are ready to embrace their learning journey at Acacias Community Primary School. We endeavor to provide all pupils with the skills, knowledge and self-confidence they need to become independent learners.
We do this by:
At Acacias, we have two Nursery classes, Nursery Blue and Nursery Yellow. Each class has it's own key workers who work closely with the children in their care to ensure they are happy, settled and making good progress in our Nursery. Our two Nursery classes share one large, open plan classroom that is filled with exciting resources and provision areas. Our Nursery welcomes children aged 3-4 years old.
We have two Reception classrooms, for children aged 4-5 years, that are connected by an adjoining door. Each Reception class has a class teacher and a teaching assistant.
Our wonderful, leafy outdoor area is shared by both the Nursery and Reception pupils.
The Importance of Play
Large portions of our timetables are dedicated to child-initiated play, where the children are free to explore our vast range of open-ended provision areas. Our learning environments, both indoors and out, are designed to stimulate learning, inspire creativity and provoke curiosity. During free play, our well-trained practitioners scaffold pupils' learning as well as nurture their individual interests and fascinations.
"Play is the highest form of research" - Albert Einstein
Adults in our EYFS unit are caring, approachable and empathetic to the needs of the children. Pupil wellbeing is at the heart of what we do, as we know that children who feel safe and are happy are much more ready to learn. We strive to ensure our learning environment is a space where pupils feel safe, happy and confident.
Communication and Language
The development of children’s spoken language
underpins all seven areas of learning and
development.' - Development Matters (2021)
We are an communication friendly school, accredited by Elklan.
Speech and language therapy isn’t a magic box of tricks. We know that many children with SLCN can be supported by those working and living with them all the time.
That’s where Elklan training makes a real difference. We are about changing the way people engage with children and young people so that they can achieve their fullest potential.
WellComm is a toolkit used in our EYFS Unit to assess and support children’s speech and language development.
It is built upon fun, child-friendly interventions that aim to accelerate development in early language.
The NELI programme is designed for Reception pupils and involves providing targeted small group and one-to-one support for children who would benefit from additional support with their
language and early literacy skills.