Sarum St Paul's CofE (VA) Primary School

Westminster Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7DG

01722 336459

admin@sarum-st-pauls.wilts.sch.uk

EYFS

INTENT

We aim to ensure that the children at our school are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to a consistently high level of pupil achievement. We strive to provide our children with an education that is both enjoyable and inspirational; it is tailored to the children’s needs and interests, providing them with the skills set that will make them a life-long learner.  We will ensure that our curriculum is memorable and relevant. Through our planning, engagement with children, creative use of resources and personnel, professional development and training, we will aim to make learning and teaching at Sarum St Paul’s Primary School of a consistently high standard.

  • Make the child’s first experience of school happy, positive and fun. Creating an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect
  • Provide a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment in which children can continue their overall development
  • Ensure that all children feel valued and secure in the Foundation Stage setting with positive relationships between carers and staff
  • Provide a wide range of opportunities to motivate and support children and help them to learn effectively
  • Promote independence by offering the children the freedom and flexibility to take responsibility and make choices
  • Create an atmosphere where children’s self-esteem and confidence grow and where they feel able to make mistakes
  • Implement key strategies from The Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum covering care, learning and development

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning are the ways in which children approach their learning and exploring the world in general. They form the basis of our curriculum and shape how we plan, how we set up our learning environment and how we encourage children to develop as learnings. 

Play and exploring:

These include:

  • finding out and exploring 
  • using what they know in their play
  • being willing to have a go 

Active learning

these include:

  • being involved and concentrating
  • keeping on trying
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do 

Creating and thinking critically

These include:

  • having their own ideas
  • using what they know to learn new things
  • choosing ways to do things and finding new ways

EYFS Policy 2022

Follow this link to view the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 

'The inside and outside areas are well thought out and support effective continuous provision, providing many opportunities for the pupils to explore, develop and take risks with their ideas, pupils were purposeful in their play and learning. However, some pupils were reticent to engage fully with the free flow approach after working alongside the teacher, asking what they should do next instead of initiating their own learning. An outside challenge to build a rocket provided opportunities to record outcomes, encouraged and supported by staff. Very positive relationships and high expectations for behaviour and focus were evident.


The classroom environment supports all the areas of learning. Displays include an individual learning area for each pupil, numbers and counting maths display, phonics, growing things e.g. butterflies etc. Writing is high profile inside and outside with a range of activities and stimuli. Support staff working one to one with pupils used the model of phonics teaching “my turn…your turn…” to encourage and support pupils effectively. Pupils demonstrated a love of reading with good listening skills being developed, enjoying a Jill Murphy book, “Whatever next”. A range of the authors books were accessible to the pupils. Pupils engaged effectively with talk partners to explore their thinking and respond to questions.'

School Improvement Advisor - Summer 2022

OUR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

EYFS LEARNING

‘Fantastic, caring, inclusive school. We must comment weekly on a number of positive aspects, we feel very lucky our child attends SSP. It has a real family feel and my son is thriving.’

 Year R parent April 2022