EYFS at The Mendip School: Our Formal
At The Mendip School we want to encourage a love of learning and for children to feel happy and safe around their familiar adults.
In the initial stages much of school is around establishing routines and structures that help our children understand what is happening throughout their day.
Life skills play a huge part of the daily routine, helping to develop the children’s independence in all areas.
Children will have access to daily speech and language activities and well as opportunities for sensory play and physical exercise.
Supporting social engagements and friendships is also a key priority.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which we have adapted for our learners. We call this our A Level Framework.
The importance of engagement and Well Being/Characteristics of Effective Learning
Emotional wellbeing of our pupils plays a crucial part in day to day learning. Play and engagement can be a challenge for many young children with SEN and therefore is an important focus.
At The Mendip School we use elements of In The Moment Planning alongside autism friendly structures and routines. This helps us support pupils in their play and engagement.
When children are displaying deep levels of engagement there is increased brain activity and synapse formation
Deep level of engagement can be achieved when children have autonomy and deep levels of choice
Pupils need longer periods of play to allow this to happen. This is a key priority of our EYFS class.
Most of all we want out children to love coming to school and feel happy and safe in their school environment.
The class staff will;
Develop deep and meaningful relationships with the pupils and their families
Provide a fantastic and enabling environment
Have clear and consistent boundaries and expectations
Give children long periods of child initiated play where they follow the child’s interests and teach the ‘in the moment’ relating to their interests
Teach next steps ‘in the moment’ to enable deeper learning.
How our staff support the children
- Develop deep and meaningful relationships with the pupils and their families
- Provide a fantastic and enabling environment
- Have clear and consistent boundaries and expectations
- Give children long periods of child initiated play where they follow the child’s interests and teach the ‘in the moment’ relating to their interests
- Teach next steps ‘in the moment’ to enable deeper learning.
Some of our Core—Non Negotiables
- Sounds Write
- Talk 4 Writing
- In the Moment Planning (ITMP)
- Attention and Engagement (Bucket)
- Sensory Shine
Holistic: Independence and Self Care
We focus on creating independence not dependence. We support families with
- Toilet training
- Danger awareness
Holistic: Community Access
Links with The Rotary Club, WI and local