At Pinders we value the importance of early year’s provision and do not underestimate the impact that quality teaching in the Early Years can have on the future learning journey of our children. High expectations from the start help embed the school’s ethos and the school aims to equip children with the skills and abilities needed for them to achieve success at every stage in their education.
At our school Nursery (Joeys) and Reception (Kangaroos) children are taught together in an Early Years unit. At any point in the year there can be up to 26 Nursery children and 30 Reception children – although they are split into small key person groups of around 13 to 15 for focused activities such as phonics and maths.
Throughout their time in Early Years children are given the opportunity to learn through play inside and outside using our well resourced areas of continuous provision (sand, water, paint etc.) alongside focused adult led activities.
In Early Years we follow the statutory framework for children aged 0 to 5 called the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning –
1.Communication & Language
3.Personal, Social & Emotional Development
At the end of Foundation Stage children are assessed using the Foundation Stage profile.
In 2016 70% of children leaving Foundation Stage at Pinders Primary achieved a 'good level of development' (compared to 65% of children across the Wakefield district).