EYFS

Our vision for the early years is based on the premise that every child receives the very best provision, which both inspires and engages them; supporting their development and ensuring they have a solid base of key skills and are ‘school ready’ at the end of their Reception year.

To do this we have embedded a systematic approach which ensures the learning opportunities for all are enhanced. Our planning processes are robust and build on the knowledge we ascertain from our assessment practices.

We are dedicated in our aims to develop and deepen our knowledge and systems. Working collaboratively is part of our highly successful strategy and has been critically important in the development of our planning and assessment methodology and practice.

Interwoven in our practice is the belief that high expectations for both the children and ourselves enables goals to be reached and exceeded.  We are enthusiastic and driven. Our practice reflects our depth of knowledge.

Through sharing our experiences with the wider primary community through our EYFS programme, including the PA Maths programme, we seek to make a positive contribution towards the quality of teaching and learning in the EYFS with our our federation and beyond. 

To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

Useful Links

EYFS Curriculum

Foundation Years Website

EYFS National Statistics

Development Matters

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2015 to 2016

Reading

Early Phonemic Awareness in Nursery (3 parts).

This course takes place over three sessions and looks at the learning and preparation needed for children to acquire a secure base on which to build phonological skills. The sessions are suitable for Nursery Class Teachers and Literacy Leads.Through practical activities and exploration of key resources the sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss practice with other professionals, looking in depth at key strategies for the teaching of early reading skills. At the end of the three sessions a firm understanding of the sequence and progression in Nursery will be shared.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  • Evaluation of progress and effectiveness of current provision
  • Confidence to identify next steps to develop a consistent and effective approach to the teching of reading
  •  Understanding stages for pre phonemic development
  •  Identification of strategies to embed phonics through the Nursery Day
  • Understand Phase 1 phonics programme

Cost: 

  • £92 per person ( for all 3 sessions)

08
Mon Oct 2018

Reading: Early Phonemic Awareness in Nursery (3 Parts)

16:00 - 17:00

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01
Thu Nov 2018

Reading: Early Phonemic Awareness in Nursery (3 Parts)

16:00 - 17:00

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05
Tue Feb 2019

Reading: Early Phonemic Awareness in Nursery (3 Parts)

16:00 - 17:00

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Date Time Venue  
8th October 2018 4 - 5 pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL  
1st November 2018 4 - 5 pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL  
5th February 2019 4 - 5 pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL  

To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

EYFS Inset and PA Induction

 

The New Year - Welcome Inset Sessions (including 2 year olds in schools session)

Session Date Time  Venue
Happy & Active, Learning and Thinking at 2 (All Staff 0-2yr olds)
3rd September 2018
12:30 - 15:30pm
Holy Trinity CE Primary School,  E8 3DY
Day of Inspiration - All EYFS Staff
4th September 2018
8:30am -15:30pm
Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY
Welcome to Primary Advantage 5th September 2018 8:30am -15:30pm Morningside Primary School

03
Mon Sep 2018

Happy & Active Learning and Thinking at Two

12:30 - 15:30

A fun and inspirational session which will examine learning and deveolpment for 2 year olds. We will also explore our bespoke assessment
tool and look at how observations feed into our provision. The second part will look at attachment and explore the world of schemas.

Cost: £148 per person The session is open to staff from non-federation schools.

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04
Tue Sep 2018

EYFS Day of Inspiration

08:30 - 15:30

We are going to focus on strategies and tools to inspire all staff to support development in many areas; including physical development. We will also be looking at how we ca support all learners both inside and outside the classroom through challenge. Our final part will be exploring the power of modelling.

Cost: £230 per person The session is open to staff from non-federation schools.

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05
Wed Sep 2018

EYFS: Welcome to Primary Advantage

08:30 - 15:30

For NQT's, new to EYFS and new to PA

This induction day will support all new arrivals in their first minutes, days and months in EYFS settings. We will examine the statutory and non- statutory documents, have practical planning support, explore the curriculum overview and topic map, look at early reading and writing skill development and introduction to the PA Maths Programme.

Cost: £230 per person The session is open to staff from non-federation schools.

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PA Induction : Phonics and KS1 Reading

This intensive half day course will look at supporting teachers and teaching assistants to achieve excellence in teaching early reading through systematic synthetic phonics. It will look at how to plan for the teaching of synthetic phonics and the importance of developing a love of reading, alongside the teaching of key reading strategies.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  •  To consider the principles underpinning phonics teaching
  •  To consider how to plan for the teaching of early reading
  •  To develop confidence in the sound through enhanced subject knowledge
  • To look at developing key reading strategied to support with comprehension

The second part of the session will consider how effective marking and feedback will impact on outcomes for pupils. It will look at the teaching, learning and assessmnet policy and share examples of good practice in children's books.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  • Addressing understanding and misconceptions as part of the teaching cycle
  • The impact of on the spot feedback
  • Peer and self assessment as powerful tools

Venue:

  • Springfield Community Primary School, N16 6DH

Cost:  

  • £148 per person

05
Fri Oct 2018

PA Induction Phonics & KS1 Reading

09:00 - 12:00

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To book onto other PA INDUCTION click here.

To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

EYFS Workshops: PA Maths in the Early Years

We have a broad range of EYFS-specific workshops within the PA Maths programme to choose from this year. We understand the importance of building solid foundations in the EYFS and these sessions are designed to offer innovative strategies that can be directly used in the EYFS setting.

PA Maths Membership can include two places on one of the EYFS PA Maths Workshops if Option B is chosen when you subscribe.

Cost: for places on each EYFS PA Maths Workshop:

  • £148 per person
  • £74 per person - Additional places for PA Maths Member Schools

All PA Maths EYFS Training takes place at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY.

Session Date Time
How to Use the Programme 25th September 2018 1 - 4pm
Small Focus Groups for Support Staff 9th October 2018 1 - 4pm
The Importance of Counting 27th November 2018 1 - 4pm
Making Calculations Fun 11th December 2018 1 - 4pm
Maths in Stories and Shape Fun 22nd January 2019 1 - 4pm
Maths Outdoors 12th February 2019 1 - 4pm
Making Calculations Fun 5th March 2019 1 - 4pm

25
Tue Sep 2018

PA Maths EYFS Workshop: How to Use the Programme

13:00 - 16:00

This course introduces the PA Maths Programme and explores the principles which underpin its effective use in the Early Years. It is an active session which practically explores the key concepts which underpin the program and best practise in EYFS Maths. We also explore the progression of learning in both ‘Number’ and ‘Shape, Space and Measures’, how new ideas link to known skills and how to identify next steps for children and ensure that gaps and misconceptions are challenged and resolved. 

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09
Tue Oct 2018

PA Maths EYFS Workshop: Small Focus Groups for Support Staff

13:00 - 16:00

This is a practical session that looks at the different mathematic strands. We will examine how adults can effectively scaffold learning in small groups.
This is a fun practical session which explores key elements of engagement of children and explicit modelling of skills by adults. We explore the progression of learning in both ‘Number’ and ‘Shape, Space and Measures’. This course also introduces the PA Maths Programme and explores the principles which underpin its effective use in the Early Years. Key concepts are explored and, through active participation, are practised. 

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27
Tue Nov 2018

PA Maths EYFS: The Importance of Counting

13:00 - 16:00

This course explores counting in the Early Years. We explore the progression of skills children develop and use when counting. Through fun, practical activities we look at how to teach, assess and then use that information to scaffold the next developmental steps. Using the programme we link counting to early calculation development. 

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11
Tue Dec 2018

PA Maths EYFS: Making Calculation Fun

13:00 - 16:00

In this session you will be exploring how children develop the foundations of calculation. This is a practical session that looks at the progression of learning through the different calculation strands. We will link counting skills to calculation; considering both subtraction and addition. We will consider the mental imagery involved and build a bank of ideas to support engagement in calculation. We will consider the impact on attainment once skills and strategies have been developed and embedded. 

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22
Tue Jan 2019

PA Maths EYFS: Maths in Stories and Shape Fun

13:00 - 16:00

This is a practical session that looks at the progression of learning through the different calculation strands. We will explore how to effectively use stories to develop maths skills in the EYFS classroom. This session is engaging and informative and draws on key children's literature as a vehicle for maths learning. We will also look at shapes and link what elements and information children need to learn in the EYFS. The language involved in comparing and describing shapes is also a focus in our practical session. In light of these two aspects of practice, we will consider the impact on attainment once skills and strategies have been developed and embedded. 

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12
Tue Feb 2019

PA Maths EYFS: Maths Outdoors

13:00 - 16:00

In this session we will be exploring maths in the great outdoors. We will explore key concepts and how the provision within the outdoor areas of an EYFS setting can support mathematical development. Mathematics outdoors in the early years is fun and exciting; children can explore, actively learn and critically think about different contexts. We also explore the use of the natural environment and how we can apply key number concept and mathematical language.

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05
Tue Mar 2019

PA Maths EYFS: Making Calculation Fun

13:00 - 16:00

In this session you will be exploring how children develop the foundations of calculation. This is a practical session that looks at the progression of learning through the different calculation strands. We will link counting skills to calculation; considering both subtraction and addition. We will consider the mental imagery involved and build a bank of ideas to support engagement in calculation. We will consider the impact on attainment once skills and strategies have been developed and embedded. 

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To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

TLCs​ and Moderation

 

Teacher Learner Communities Workshops 2018-19

Teacher Learning Communities Workshops will take place at three points throughout the year. It is an opportunity for all teachers across the federation to engage with a range of wider school focus.

TLCs will be run by specialist leaders of education and lead teachers within the federation. A range of areas will be covered and teachers can choose a different workshop each time. All those in attendance will then have a go at implementing practice and sharing this back at school. Practitioners can select three research groups throughout the year. This is an opportunity to engage in both the research and practical application linked to particular areas of interest. 

TLCs from 2017-18 included - 'Ravenous Readers', 'Working Scientifically in the EYFS classroom' and 'Gender in the Classroom'. Bookings are made through Eventbrite and details will be sent out to Teachers nearer to the TLC dates.

TLC Date Time Venue
Workshop 1 24th September 2018 4 - 5.30pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY
Workshop 2 21st January 2019 4 - 5.30pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY
Workshop 3 20th May 2019 4 - 5.30pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY

 

Moderation Sessions 2018-19

Cross Federation Moderation will give teachers the opportunity to come together in year groups to share best practice around assessment. Using the Primary Advantage Fundamentals, teachers will establish which children are on track to achieve their yearly objectives. These sessions will give practitioners the opportunity to share a range of assessment types, look closely at learning and share thinking. Practitioners are expected to bring a cross section of books and assessment evidence to discuss with their colleagues. This session will provoke in depth discussion around assessment, making judgements and responding to the needs of all learners.

Moderation Date Time  Venue
EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Modeartion - Writing  12th November 2018 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Moderation - Writing 11th March 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL

 

EYFS Profile Introduction

Reception teachers and EYFS Coordinators will join together to moderate judgements made for the EYFS Profile. We will use the Government profile exemplification materials, exceeding judgements and evidence collected to support and discuss judgements in each different area. A

The introduction session will be a practical session which will look at what the profile is, key documents types of evidence that can be collected and how to complete the profile. All new to the profile should attend this session.

Session Date Time Location
Introduction to the EYFS Profile 3rd December 2018 3 - 4.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Profile - Personal, Social and Emotional Development & Expressive Arts and Design 9th May 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Profile – Writing and Reading 20th May 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Profile - Maths & Understanding the World 4th June 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Profile - Communication and Language & Physical Development 17th June 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
 

 

Leadership and Management Development: EYFS Coordinators Forum

EYFS Coordinators from all schools in the federation will meet and share best practice. We will evaluate current provision, attainment and progress and measure impact. From this process we will establish key priorities to support the embedding of strategies, improvement and drive for increased attainment and high quality teaching and provision. 

Throughout the year the sessions include creating, innovating and sharing of new information, tools and research. Education leaders from within the Primary Advantage Federation, the local Learning Authority and beyond will visit and share ideas, and support leadership development. Targets and foci for each meeting are established and shared prior to the session. The joint leadership group feed into these sessions when appropriate. 

The review session on 5th July 2018 will focus on the evaluation of information (including data) from the current academic year. With this evaluation in mind we will collectively plan training opportunities for the next academic year and establish key priorities.

Date Time Venue
19th November 2018 1- 5pm  St John the Baptist CE Primary School, N1 6JG
16th January 2019 1- 5pm  St John the Baptist CE Primary School, N1 6JG
26th February 2019 4 - 5pm  St John the Baptist CE Primary School, N1 6JG
25th April 2019 1- 5pm  St John the Baptist CE Primary School, N1 6JG
5th July 2019 9am - 4pm St John the Baptist CE Primary School, N1 6JG

To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

EYFS Induction and Training

We have a broad range of EYFS-specific training on Reading, Writing, Speech and Language and within the PA Maths programme for teachers and support staff to choose from this year. We understand the importance of building solid foundations in the EYFS and these sessions are designed to offer innovative strategies that can be directly used in the EYFS setting.

18
Thu Oct 2018

Writing in the Early Years for Support Staff

13:00 - 16:00

 

We will be exploring the wonderful world of emerging writers; from making marks to writing sentences, unpicking the way in which children progress. These sessions are for Nursery and Reception Support Staff to deepen awareness of the development of skills linked with early writing, leading to a systematic approach which supports the closing of gaps and raising attainment in writing for children exiting Reception and Key Stage 1.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  •  What writing at each stage 'looks like'.
  •  Physical elements of writing deveolpment
  •  How to enable children to be bold writers
  • To build an action plan to raise profile of writing and print in the provision
Venue:
  • Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
Cost:  
  • £148 per person

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20
Tue Nov 2018

PA Maths Modelled Lesson Reception

09:00 - 10:30

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05
Tue Mar 2019

PA Maths Modelled Lesson Reception

09:00 - 10:30

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08
Wed May 2019

The Importance of Talk for Writing in the Early Years

13:00 - 16:00

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02
Tue Jul 2019

PA Maths Modelled Lesson Reception

09:00 - 10:30

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16
Tue Jul 2019

EYFS Induction: Early Maths and the PA Programme

13:00 - 16:00

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To find out more about accessing our professional learning email us on teachingschools@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk