Gonville Academy

Gonville Academy
Gonville Road
London
CR7 6DL

TELEPHONE:
0208 684 4006

EMAIL:
gonvilleoffice@gonvilleacademy.croydon.sch.uk

Early Years

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

In Nursery and Reception, our dedicated team work tirelessly to promote co-operative learning through all areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum.  We prepare children for a smooth and seamless transition to KS1 by developing and modelling a range of skills that will aid this transition and prepare them for the rest of their school career. We encourage an ‘open door’ policy, where parents enter the class every morning and settle their children, see the learning taking place and have any discussions with staff that are needed.

Early Years also has a close relationship with our Academy’s SENCO, who supports children in our school with various needs. She is there to offer advice, outside agencies and ensure we create a provision suitable for their needs.

Both Nursery and Reception follow a program called ‘Success For All’, which is a whole day program that works to ensure all areas of the EYFS curriculum are covered, but also preparing children to be independent learners, with a variety of skills so they can be challenged and question the world around them. This program is also used throughout the rest of the school in KS1 and KS2, which allows children to have consistency as they move up year after year.


The Early Years curriculum focuses on seven areas of learning which are split into the prime areas and the specific areas. As children grow and mature in the prime areas, they become ready to develop and acquire skills and knowledge in the specific areas.

The Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of the areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.

 Nursery

At Gonville, we have a 52 place Nursery which gives children a safe, creative space in which to learn and develop. If your child is 3 years old and you are successful in your application to the Nursery, then they are entitled to 15 hours of free learning within the Nursery every week. Sessions are divided into morning sessions (8:30 – 11:30am) and afternoon sessions (12:30 – 3:30pm), and your child will be allocated a place in either the morning or afternoon Nursery.

In our Nursery, we aim to apply the best principles of early years education,
encouraging positive attitudes to school and its routines. Children have access
to a range of activities, both inside and outside the classroom, and a variety
of adult-led and child-led activities are on offer.

In Nursery, we focus on the three Prime Areas. These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

Reception

Reception teachers plan learning and activities suited to each child’s individual needs. In Reception, children learn through exploring and being active, and much of the learning in the EYFS is child initiated. At Gonville, children have access to a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom that support their progress through the Early Learning Goals.

Gonville Academy follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, which has 7 main areas of development. In Nursery, children develop the 3 Prime Areas. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These areas are used by the Reception teachers to plan learning and activities suited to each child’s individual needs. In Reception, children learn through playing, exploring and being active, and much of the learning in the EYFS is child initiated. At Gonville, children have access to a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom that support their progress through the Early Learning Goals.

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