The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first year in school. Children enter this class in the
academic year in which they turn five. At Donington on Bain we work with individual families to ensure
that your child’s start in school is positive and fulfilling. The partnership between school and home is of
great importance to us as it helps cement positive relationships and attitudes to school right from the start.
The emphasis during the EYFS is on learning through play. The children spend a large proportion of their
time in school engaged in free play. The classroom environment is set up with a wide range of stimulating
activities and exciting play opportunities which the children can choose to access. They also receive
formal Phonics (letters and sounds) teaching everyday as well as short adult directed sessions which
focus on maths, reading, writing and activities related to our class topic.
The children’s progress is tracked against the EYFS which is divided into the following areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (which includes: Making relationships, Self-confidence
and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour)
Physical Development (Which includes: Moving and handling, Health and self-care)
Communication and Language (Which includes: Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking)
Literacy (Reading, Writing)
Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, space and measure)
Understanding the World (People and communities, The world, Technology)
Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative)
Throughout the summer term the EYFS children have the opportunity to join the Y1 and 2 children in Class 2. They
gain a huge amount from playing with and learning alongside the older children and it helps the children become ready for their transition into Class 2.