Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At MISY we run a Nursery classes for students aged 3 years old and Reception classes for students aged 4 years old. Each class is taught by an experienced foreign teacher supported by a well-qualified assistant teacher.
Nursery classes begin at 8:15 and end at 11:35 am.
Reception classes begin at 8:15 and end at 1:30 pm.
At MISY Nursery and Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage English Curriculum. We work closely together to provide a caring and stimulating learning environment, and to meet the needs of each individual child. We want the children to enjoy their first experience of school life and enthusiastically begin their learning journey, by
- providing a secure and happy learning environment and promoting positive relationships;
- providing excellent foundations for learning that will go with them throughout school;
- promoting positive parent partnerships through good communication and joint learning opportunities.
English National Curriculum
The English National Curriculum for the Early Years defines seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS. These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understaing the world
- Expressive arts and design
How we teach
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. Our professional understanding of teaching enables us to make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s developmental state. The curriculum is designed for very young children, and is flexible so that we can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Learning in the EYFS is play-based and there are a wide range of activities for the children to choose from. Learning opportunities and the use of resources are carefully planned to enable children to develop in a variety of ways.
Stations in the classroom are dynamic and change regularly; they may include
- sand, water, dough, art, messy, puppet plays
- investigation, construction, maths
- reading, writing/mark making, listening, imaginative role play
- phonics lessons (three times a week starting in Reception)
Specialist Teachers, Educational Trips, Celebrations
Nursery and Reception children also attend Music, Computer, Physical Education (PE) and Art classes, all taught by specialist teachers.
Reception children begin their reading journey with phonic lessons three times a week, following the Jolly Phonics programme.
Nursery and Reception classes go on educational trips which are linked to the unit of study, and join in schoolwide celebrations such as International Day, sports days and end of term performances.
Communication with Parents
We understand that it is vital for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. Regular communication is essential.
Meet the Teachers’ Event
At the beginning of each year, we invite parents to a ‘meet the teachers’ event where individual class teachers explain the routines and expectations of their class. This is also a chance for parents to ask questions about the school day.
Reports and Conferences
In order for you to get information about your child’s progress, we report to parents four times a year. This includes two student-teacher-parent conferences and two written reports.
We use Class Dojo, which is a safe electronic method of communication between teacher and parents to send regular messages and photos, to update you on what is happening in class. We send a newsletter to parents via Class Dojo at the beginning of each unit to keep you abreast of the learning that takes place. We hold regular coffee mornings to update you on new initiatives.
Nursery students have their own classroom with specially designed bathrooms attached.
We have developed a small early years playground with chalk boards, weaving and water stations, a sand pit and role play houses. This playground is used only by the younger students.
Early years students have access to computer labs, art and music rooms as well as sporting facilities.