New Starters 2023
A big welcome to Belle Vue Primary school. This section of our website is for children starting school in September 2023.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to school and have provided some information that you should find useful in helping prepare you and your child before September.
What is the EYFS?
EYFS stands for the Early Years Foundation Stage and its standards support your child from birth to the end of their Reception year at school. These standards must be followed by all Ofsted registered childcare providers including teachers, childminders and nurseries. From September 2021 as a school we follow the Statutory EYFS Framework. To support us there are two non-statutory documents called Development Matters and Birth to 5 Matters which we use to support your child’s development. It enables us to see what they have achieved so far and what they need to learn next, so we can adapt our teaching accordingly and help your child reach their full potential.
Communication & Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Listening, Attention and Understanding
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
The Early Years Outcomes are split into 7 areas; 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas, which you can see above and below. Each area is defined by statements that are split into Age Related Expectations. By the end of Reception year children are expected to achieve the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning. You may find that your child doesn’t achieve these and this is nothing to worry about! Every child is unique and progresses at their own pace!
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Past and Present
Creating with Materials
People, Culture and Communities
Being Imaginative and Expressive
The Natural World
As well as monitoring what your child learns, it’s also important that we understand how your child learns so that we can teach and support your child in a way that suits them best. This is where the Characteristics of Effective Learning come in. They are not split into age bands because they underpin all 7 areas of learning and development. Children who receive the right sort of support and encouragement during these early years, will be creative and adventurous learners.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to “have a go”
Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things