As a department we are guided by the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a non-statutory guidance material, which supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS.
We are very much led by individual needs, interests and stage of development of each child, and we use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for each child in all the areas of learning and development.
In planning and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’’;
Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Within the department there is a balance between adult led taught activities, adult supported activities and child initiated activities.
Monster Phonics is a whole-class Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme with Decodable Books for children in Reception and Key Stage 1. It is also used as an intervention in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. This creates interest and engagement from the children.