The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Amwell View has recently been divided into two smaller classes, Nursery and Reception. The Early Years Department is led by a class Teacher, a class Leader, 2 Nursery Nurses and 2 Teaching Assistants.
This decision to divide the class into two has enabled class groups to follow two separate timetables. Staff and pupils are able to share resources across the two classrooms creating opportunities for all of the children to take part in more specific activities appropriate to their individual learning needs. Activities include Rebound Therapy, Music Therapy, SALT, Eye-Gaze and have access to the Sensory Studio.
In both Reception and Nursery classes children take part in adult directed activities including Food Technology, story, Art, Soft Play and visiting the Library. As well as adult directed activities, the children are taught and encouraged to make choices of their own during Child Initiated Learning (CIL). The children have symbols and Objects of Reference to help them to understand the different activities that are made available to them. There is a member of Class staff present within each of the chosen areas to support, model and interact with the pupils to maximise learning opportunities.
The CIL choices are organised into the Prime and Specific areas of learning as outlined within the EYFS Curriculum. This means the pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
– Personal, Social and Emotional Development
– Communication and Language
– Physical Development
– Understanding the World
– Expressive Arts and Design
Where possible the timetable is amended half-termly to make sure that part-time children have access to as many areas of the curriculum as possible.
The outside play area has recently undergone a transformation. A new roof canopy has been built allowing access to outside play provision all year round.
Amwell View School has been awarded The Herts Quality Standard Award for its high quality level of EYFS provision.
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)