Greenacres Primary Academy (South Pennine Academies)

Respect, Responsibility and Really Good Manners

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Greenacres

 

How have we improved our Early Years?

During our last Ofsted inspection in 2017, our feedback highlighted what the then-new leadership already knew about the Early Years Foundation Stage at Greenacres. Since then, we have gone through a dramatic transformation! 

 

What did Ofsted say in 2017?

  • The quality of provision in the early years is not giving children a good start to their education
  • The proportion of children achieving a good level of development at the end of the Reception is below the national average.
  • Teaching in Reception is not consistently strong enough to narrow the gaps in children’s learning and help them be fully ready for the curriculum in Year 1.
  • Over time, leadership in the early years has not been effective. For example, in the Reception class staff do not always work well as a team.
  • The quality of activities to develop children’s writing skills are not always meaningful and interesting enough in Nursery and Reception to help children become confident, skilled writers.
  • Expectations of children are not always high enough.
  • The curriculum for children at the school is adequate.
  • Resources, furniture and displays of children’s learning are variable in quality and not always used well for teaching.

What did the Leadership team also know?

  • EYs staff had been inconsistent
  • Resources were old and not accessible for children
  • Environment wasn’t engaging
  • Displays weren’t effective
  • Teaching was inconsistent
  • Lack of parental engagement
  • Poor attendance
  • Outdoor had indoor resources and lacked engagement

 

What have we been up to over the last 2 years?

  • KS1 lead moved to become the new EYs lead after the departure of the past leader. 
  • We created an EYs philosophy as a team and review it yearly – what do we want for our children/staff?
  • We have a weekly planning meeting – all staff, plan for outdoor that we share and discuss key children.
  • We introduced tapestry to improve assessment, parent access, all staff can use it.
  • Moderate baseline & use of tapestry.
  • Reviewed our topic overviews – book & question focus.
  • Buy new furniture/resources to create an engaging environment – now moving to natural open-ended resources.
  • Review outdoor – each member of staff has an area to develop/maintain. Outdoor budget.
  • EYs lead to oversee PMT for EYs TAs
  • All staff visit outstanding settings.
  • EYs lead to attend EYs meeting and liaise with EYs staff in the trust.
  • Training – RWI, ABC, Maths, EAL, Elklan, WellComm, SALT, moderation
  • Termly assessment update & GAP analysis used to develop classroom provision.
  • Introduce skill development provision planning – indoor & outdoor
  • Learning journey displays – natural
  • Develop children’s interests
  • Learning journey topic display – natural
  • EYs staff meeting
  • Half termly parent workshops
  • Stay and play sessions
  • Parents questionnaires & speech bubbles
  • Weekly newsletter to keep parents informed
  • Outdoor risk assessment is in place
  • Improve adult intervention during CP – skill planning, questioning, modelling,
  • Increase level of challenge in reception – ‘rainbow’
  • Improve transition into Y1 - Power maths, CPLE, RWI TG/KO work with SC
  • Trips & experiences – floor book
  • Interventions are in place and reassessed regularly.

How have we improved each year?

Every year, our EYFS meet together to review what their values are and what they want for our children...

Our Nursery and Reception classes are wonderful places for our children to learn through play. We want all our children to be happy and confident individuals who thrive in school and are prepared for Key Stage 1.

Our excellent and experienced staff are committed to providing the very best opportunities for our children and design the very best activities, both indoors and out. 

Have a look below at our curriculum overviews for Nursery and Reception.