Prospective Parents September 2021

Information for Prospective Parents
 
At the time of year, many parents are choosing a primary school for their child. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission, we are not able to offer tours around the school this year. Instead, we have put together this information page and hope that it answers any questions that you have about starting school with us.  If you have any other queries, please contact us via the school office and we will arrange to speak to you as soon as we can. We hope many of you will apply for a place at ESJ and we look forward to welcoming you into our school community. 
 
Click play on the video below for a virtual tour of our school.
 
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  Our EYFS Curriculum 

The children in the EYFS follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and teachers plan for progression in seven areas of Learning and Development. The framework is a continuation from the curriculum followed by nurseries and pre-schools. It is a holistic approach to learning and places a strong emphasis on the individual child.

Play and exploration is fundamental to learning in our EYFS classes. Children will learn through first-hand experiences; by actively ‘doing’ as well as through scaffolding and modelling by adults. We will provide them with sufficient space, both indoors and outdoors, time and choice of resources. Each week, teachers plan and prepare activities linked to children’s next steps and also give opportunities for the children to initiate their own learning. Through this, the children are able to develop the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.

We have a long term plan of skills and knowledge to teach each term, ensuring progression in all areas of learning. The resources and activities that we use in the classroom will be planned through discussion with the children, allowing us to take into account their current interests, learning styles and stages of development. We find that this approach results in high levels of engagement which supports progress in learning. We encourage children to explore and make mistakes as part of the learning process.

Please take a look at the presentation below to find out about the different areas of learning and examples of activities.