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At Bracken Leas we believe that children should be at the centre of everything we do. This is our philosophy throughout the school and is particularly important in Early Years Foundation Stage.

Within Early Years we have two classes, The Den and The Lodge, managed by two experienced Early Years Teachers and surrounded by an amazing team of support support staff.

Children have free flow between our indoor and outdoor areas, this enables our children to develop flow within their play whilst participating in uninterrupted activities.

This page offers a flavour of what we are able to offer here at Bracken Leas. Want to find out more? Please Contact Us.

Our Early Years Unit is a welcoming, stimulating and child-centred environment.  We strive to enable every child to develop their full potential through providing a range of learning experiences.  We encourage children to develop their existing skills, knowledge and understanding through exploration of child-centred provision, alongside more formal focused learning in groups and 1-1 when appropriate.  During the time spent in Early Years we will help your child to settle into the routines of school and ensure that they are making progress both academically and socially.

Magical Maths

Within our Magical Maths area children are given the opportunity to self explore different mathematical concepts in an area which changes focus on a weekly basis.

Funky Fingers

In this area children can get help with fine motor practice, helping them to develop wonderful handwriting. Other areas such as our Dough Table also aid children in developing these.

Our indoor Learning Environment

Our Home Corner, Dressing Up area and Carpet Spaces offer endless opportunities to develop imagination and play. For the more ‘tech savvy’ child there is also an Interactive Whiteboard and an ICT area for them to explore.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the period of learning and development from birth to the end of their first year in school (Reception).  It is called the Early Years Foundation Stage because it gives children secure foundations to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. The Early Years Foundation Stage forms a holistic approach, which aims to develop the whole child socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. By taking each unique child and helping them to develop positive relationships within an enabling environment we will see them learn and develop.

Throughout the day children are able to access all areas and learning resources that the unit offers.  Children also have continuous access to our wonderful outside area. This extension of the classroom provides another stimulating space for learning. We place a great importance in our outdoor learning and the children will all have the opportunity to be part of our ‘Outdoor Adventure’ sessions in the spring and summer terms.

Our outdoor learning environment

Our play area within Early Years at the front of the school is more focussed on physical play. This area is accessible to the children all of the time. Here the children can access games, den building, obstacle courses, balance beams etc to help develop their gross motor skills.

Our Courtyard area provides a calmer more investigative area for our children to explore. Here they can play in our mud kitchen – developing their own recipes. There are also mark making activities, sand and water play areas as well as a play house. We are also developing reading, maths and sensory areas within our Courtyard.

Supporting and recording learning and progress.

At Bracken Leas we use a system called Tapestry to record our children’s learning in a fun and easy way. This is currently used by our Early Years Team internally to monitor the progress of each child in our care.

From January 2017 we will also be introducing Read Write Inc. phonics. This is a complete literacy programme, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly.

Whole class activities

Although children spend the majority of the school day selecting their own activities and timings, there are also some whole class activities that regularly take place. These include Talk for Writing, phonics work and maths. The children may also come together towards the end of the day for singing or a story.

For more details about our Early Years philosophy and strategies please click here More About Early Years

So far, I just love going and being with my teacher and friends
We are very happy with how both our children are getting on. My daughter in Early Years is having a wonderful time. Very happy parents.
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