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

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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

This course 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 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:  £120 per person - 50% discount for PA Maths Members 19/20

01
Fri Nov 2019

Reading: Early Phonemic Awareness in Nursery

13:00 - 16:00

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The New Year - Welcome Inset Sessions

Day of Inspiration

‘How to provide adult interactions and environments that support and extend children’s learning in play’

Few would dispute the importance of providing opportunities for children to lead their own learning in the EYFS. The difficulty tends to lie in ensuring that children are challenged during these times and supported to learn at the highest levels. Kym Scott (Early Excellence) will share a clear, concise approach to improving child-led learning, as well as evidence as to how this works in practice from the many schools and settings she has worked in partnership with. Kym will highlight numerous ways of supporting progress, through tuning into how children learn best, their passions and preoccupations, and providing resources and high quality adult interactions that support this. 

Session Date Time  Venue
Day of Inspiration - All EYFS Staff
3rd September 2019
9am - 4pm
De Beauvoir Primary School, N1 4BS
Welcome to Primary Advantage 4th September 2019 9am - 4pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY

 

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:  £120 per person - 50% discount for PA Maths Members 19/20

25
Wed Sep 2019

PA Induction: Phonics & KS1 Reading

09:00 - 12:00

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

How to... workshops - EYFS 

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. Here at PA 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 classroom.

How to... Workshop - PA Maths  Date Time
The Importance of Counting 4th November 2019 1pm - 4pm
Making Calculations Fun 10th February 2020 1pm - 4pm
Maths Outdoors and Maths in Stories  5th May 2020 1pm - 4pm
 

04
Mon Nov 2019

PA Maths How to... EYFS: The Importance of Counting

13:00 - 16:00

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10
Mon Feb 2020

PA Maths How to... EYFS: Making Calculation Fun

13:00 - 16:00

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05
Tue May 2020

PA Maths How to... EYFS: Maths Outdoors & Maths in Stories

13:00 - 16:00

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Science

Join us for a half-day workshop to develop skills, confidence and subject knowledge in teaching science in the EYFS.

How to... Workshop - Science Date Time
How to... Use Science in the EYFS 2nd March 2020 1pm - 4pm
 

02
Mon Mar 2020

Science How to... Use Science in the EYFS

13:00 - 16:00

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PA Maths How to... workshops - EYFS take place at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY.

Cost - £120 per person - £60 for PA Maths Members - *PA Maths Membership in 19/20 includes one free place on every 'How to....' Workshops 

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

Speech & Language - Talking it up in the Early Years

‘Talking it up in the Early Years’ will support early years staff to develop their everyday interactions with all children, in order to maximise language learning opportunities. It is a great place to learn about children’s speech, language and communication development. 

The session looks at how you can support the development of these skills on a day-to-day basis in your setting, and how to spot children and young people who might be struggling to develop these important skills.

This session will also include how to use and understand our formative assessment tool and then to use this to set up and effectively run interventions. 

We will actively explore practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are.

 

Course objectives:

•    Explore stages of speech and language development from toddlers to 6 years of age

•    To be able to confidently access formative assessment tool

•    To confidently assess children using tool

•    To effectively run interventions

•    To support language acquisition by ‘building up’

•    To consider what ‘good modelling’ looks like for language development

Venue: Holy Trinity Primary School

Cost: £120 per person - 50% discount for PA Maths Member Schools

12
Tue Nov 2019

Speech and Language - Talking it up in the Early Years

13:00 - 16:00

 

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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 4.15 - 5.00pm 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 4th June 2019 4 - 5.30pm Morningside Primary School, E9 6LL
EYFS Profile - Maths & Understanding the World 13th June 2019 4 - 5.30pm De Beauvoir Primary School, N1 4BZ
EYFS Profile - Communication and Language & Physical Development 17th June 2019 4 - 5.30pm De Beauvoir Primary School, N1 4BZ
 

 

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 

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.

Reading and Writing

This is a session for all new staff to the EYFS. We will explore the progression of skills from Nursery to Reception in reading and writing. This practical session will use our bespoke Primary Advantage tools and exemplifications to prepare staff for the next academic year. We will also refresh the key skills required for the explicit teaching of phonics to support and build on practitioners’ knowledge.

Course objectives:

•  Explore and use exemplification materials

  • Explore phoneme pronunciation, blending and segmenting skills
  • Understand how to create a phoneme and print rich environment

 

Early Maths

We will explore what early maths looks like in our EYFS settings. This course also 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 programme and best practice 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.

Course objectives:

  • To consider the progression of skills in all areas of Number and Shape, Space and Measures
  • To consider key concepts
  • To consider what teacher knowledge and skills are needed to ensure progression is supported from Nursery to end of Reception to ensure all children are Year 1 ready
  • To effectively access the PA Maths programme 

 

Assessment in the Early Years

It is vital that all early years staff understand the value of knowing what our children can do, what skills and knowledge they can share and demonstrate. We will explore Primary Advantage ‘Foundations’; our bespoke assessment tool. In this session we will also  unpick how observations support and underpin assessment and provision.

This induction workshop will include theory and practice and give a comprehensive overview of what assessment looks like in our EYFS settings. We will look at ways of gathering information when children start with us, and explore ongoing assessment. This session will also look at what end of year expectations look like. 

Course objectives:

  • Explore the end of year objectives for Preschool, Nursery and Reception
  • Examine the statutory assessment requirements for the EYFS
  • To be able to confidently carry out:

o    on entry assessments

o    ongoing assessments including S&L, physical development, writing and phonics

  • To understand what observational assessment is and how it is used 

 

05
Fri Jul 2019

EYFS Coordinators - Leadership & Management Development

09:00 - 16:00

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09
Thu Jul 2020

EYFS Induction: Early Reading and Writing

13:00 - 16:00

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14
Tue Jul 2020

EYFS Induction: Early Maths and the PA Programme

13:00 - 16:00

 

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16
Thu Jul 2020

EYFS Induction: Assessment in the Years

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