At Mayfield we make every effort to support children as they reflect on and extend their work in meaningful ways.  We believe that the children’s ideas are really important and not to be belittled.   The children trust that we will listen carefully to them and take their ideas seriously.  Reception ArtWe encourage them to use their ‘voice’ in a number of different ways; for example by using photographs and video footage; by using learning stories, by contributing to our ‘big question of the week’; by planning their own role play areas both inside and outside of the classroom.  Our work has recently been highlighted in an Esmee Fairbairn funded project entitled Developing Inclusive Pedagogy: the role of pupil voice in self-assessment. This work has been led by Professor Lani Florian, now of Edinburgh University. Daily updates about our learning journey together are added to our class Google groups.
The Foundation Stage follows the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which became statutory in September 2012.  This revised framework focuses on the three prime areas of learning most essential for children’s readiness, not only for school, but for all of their future developmental needs.
These are:
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development.
 In addition there are four specific areas of learning:
  • Literacy (including Phonics)
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
Daily discrete Phonics sessions are taught to all children and these flow into all areas of our curriculum.  We use an ‘in-house’ tool called ‘Visual Phonics’ as well as our own ‘Phonics Handbook’, based on ‘Letters and Sounds’, to aid the children in their learning. Children also have a daily ‘Numicon’ session.  ‘Numicon’ is designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that are essential for success in maths.  ‘Numicon shapes’ are used to represent numbers as part of a progressive teaching programme.