At Goonhavern Primary School we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their true potential. In Class R and across Early Years our environment is specifically designed to promote and develop the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'. These skills are fundamental for progression within all prime and specific areas of the EYFS curriculum for all children.
Our emphasis on risk taking, problem-solving, teamwork, independence, real life experiences and outdoor learning help to ensure that all children, especially the most disadvantaged, are given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, self-belief and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Examples include: cooking on the fire pit, fire safety skills, den building, problem-solving, woodwork using real tools, tree climbing, cycling skills, growing vegetables and shopping locally.
We understand the importance of child initiated learning time and plan for this daily. Extended periods of time for children to develop their thinking, collaboration and resilience skills are planned for.
Our daily use of our outdoor learning environment, in all weathers, positively impacts on children's happiness and wellbeing. It offers all children the opportunity to engage in purposeful, high level interactions with other children and all adults.
All adults are highly skilled at modelling language, explaining, demonstrating, encouraging, questioning, facilitating, providing narrative and challenging children during planned and child initiated activities.
Objective led planning, along with skilful use of ‘In the moment planning' and assessment is used during child initiated play, by all Class R staff, to ensure that children’s learning, in all areas, is moved forward appropriately while next steps are planned for.
The learning environment, both indoor and out, is designed to ensure that children feel safe and confident to explore and play independently. The provision and layout is consistently reviewed. All storage units are labelled with photos and words.
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