Early Years Foundation Stage

At Crowan Primary School we believe that early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. Our aim is to provide a caring and stimulating environment where every child feels empowered to develop as an independent learner. Our practitioners will provide first- hand opportunities that build upon children’s experiences and interests to enable all children to reach their potential in every aspect of their development.
Our aim is to provide an highly stimulating environment, incorporating both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities with the Characteristics of Effective learning weaving throughout all activities to encourage resilience, awe and wonder and a joy for learning.
We follow a child centred approach to learning, building upon the skills and knowledge that children already have when starting at Crowan and developing a true partnership with parents and carers in order to encourage individualised, exciting and unique learning experience for all children within our care.
At Crowan, we offer a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning using continuous play and small group activities too. We understand that play is an essential part of the early years and encourage child-led play, that which is supported and extended by adults and play which is guided towards specific educational outcomes. We aim to scaffold the children in being able to become more independent learners and achievers and are always aiming to embed a true love of learning!
At Crowan, we feel it is vitally important to ensure that we are making a difference. We ensure that staff collaborate in a planning cycle thinking about what we want the children to be able to do, what they already know, how we can build upon interests and vocabulary, activities that can maximise learning and assessing any interventions we can provide to move learning on. We aim to be constantly observing and noting where the children are within their learning and which next steps we can provide to extend their learning further.
We hope this page helps parents and children currently attending Crowan and those who may like to join us in the future! As always, please don't hesitate to contact the school office or Mrs Atkins directly if we can help with anything at all. We strive to have a true partnership with parents at Crowan to enable the best learning outcomes and positive first  experiences of school for your little ones.
How do we teach early reading at Crowan?
At Crowan, we aim to foster a real love of reading and books. We have a 'five-a-day' policy, where by we read at least five pieces of literature (fiction/ non-fiction/ poetry) to the children every day. These may form part of a discrete Maths or Literacy session/ be linked to our topic or simply just to enjoy stories! Furthermore, when children join our Reception class, they will begin to learn their 'phonics' each day. These are letter sounds that the children practise daily to help them to be able to read independently. We teach these within a teacher led session before following up with independent practise and sending these home for children to practise within their own time too. We ensure that children read daily, starting with picture books to focus upon language and story telling before moving on to books which match the children's phonetic ability and sounds that they are being taught at school. We feel reading is vital in unlocking every aspect of the curriculum and love to use books within all areas of our learning.
How do we organise transition at Crowan?
From the moment parents think about applying for a school place for their Reception aged child, we aim to support parents in showing what Crowan has to offer. We run an open evening for prospective parents in November, then follow up with home visits, pre school visits, stay and play sessions at school and an information session for parents in the Summer term before starting school. We are fortunate to have good links with our onsite preschool. However, attending this is certainly not a pre-requisite to joining our Reception Class as we very much welcome everyone joining our school family!
How do we ensure British values and Cultural capital are promoted at Crowan?
At Crowan, we appreciate that every child is unique and aim to offer a range of activities that ignite curiosity, inspire learning and encourage children to be excited about the world around them. We appreciate that all children's backgrounds and prior experiences will be different. Therefore, we like to encourage democracy within our class by providing activities that promote turn-taking, collaboration and sharing enabling the children to appreciate that their actions effect everyone, but that we need to respect the thoughts and feelings of others. We aim to create an ethos of inclusivity and love to be part of our local community, encouraging visitors into our school and enjoying visits within our locality too.
How do we engage parents in their children's learning?
We feel learning happens best when there is a true partnership between parents and practitioners. We hold a parental consultation within the first half term of children starting school to let parents know how well their child has settled into school and hold another within the Spring term too. We also hold regular  open afternoons throughout the year to allow parents to come into school and look at their children's work and classroom. We use a class dojo messaging system to allow parents and teachers to remain in close contact and complete Tapestry online learning journeys, which parents can contribute to. At the end of the year, a school report is shared with parents too, highlighting their children's progress in line with the Early Learning goals.