EARLY Years

Our EYFS is staffed by qualified teachers and support staff. Practitioners take time to listen to the children and their interests, which often results in both the children and staff going on their own learning journey together. Every child is important to us and we celebrate diversity. At Bothal Primary, there is a great emphasis on the learning environment to maximise learning opportunities delivered through our knowledge, skills and understanding passports.  Practitioners often use new, real or interesting objects as provocations for the children to explore and investigate, which helps to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Our aim is for every child to flourish and become the best they can be; leaving EYFS with independence, confidence, and as caring, responsible young learners who are ready for Key Stage 1 with a real love of learning.


Our spaces are language rich and are carefully designed to support children to:

  • Plan, predict and speculate
  • Investigate, explore and use information
  • Solve problems, work things out and find solutions
  • Reason, use logic and make connections
  • Create, imagine and fantasise
  • Reflect, recall and encounter new experiences


Little Learners

Our two-year old provision is often a child’s first venture alone into the larger world outside the family home. What children experience and learn in Little Learners create strong and lasting foundations on which to build in later life, so we believe it is essential that the experiences are of the highest quality. By working in partnership with parents we aim to provide a stimulating, challenging environment which is a warm, friendly extension of home, where children and adults can explore, have fun, play, talk and learn together, developing as happy, confident and independent individuals within our community. Our provision is predominantly child led, using our observations of the children at play to inform our planning. Staff also lead activities, introducing children to new and different experiences. The environment is regularly adapted and changed based on these observations in order to stimulate, challenge and progress children’s learning. 


In Little Learners, we place ensure children develop understanding of basic mathematical concepts through concrete and pictorial representations. Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations, using real life experiences to support  children's mathematical understanding.  Developing a love of reading is a key focus in Little Learners.  A core selection of texts are carefully chosen to ensure children have access to daily storytelling sessions and opportunities to act out familiar stories and rhymes. Practitioners model reading skills on a daily basis in order to develop a positive reading culture, where children can foster a love of reading information and knowledge, as well as for pleasure. Children are provided with a range of exciting mark making experiences linked to chosen texts.


Nursery

Our Nursery provision provides as many appropriate opportunities as possible through a play based approach for children to engage in sensory activities as well as activities which help develop their personal, social and emotional skills, their communication and language skills and physical development; known as the prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children are given opportunities at every turn to build relationships with other children and staff. We give children real experiences where possible for example cutting up fruit, using real sized resources and caring for animals.  We encourage children to manage and take risks. We support children in their ideas and theories and in their exploration and experimentation. 


Developing language and communication is a key focus for us in Nursery. Our practitioners provide targeted language enrichment by systematically adding and modelling the next steps n each child's language journey to improve sentence length, vocabulary, use of verbs and tenses and conceptual understanding.  Early Literacy skills are developed at every opportunity, ensuring children are ready to access phonics in Reception.  A concrete, pictorial approach to maths is continued in nursery with daily planned opportunities to develop mathematical knowledge and skills. 

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