Together, with families, we will nurture, stimulate and challenge our children in order to lay strong foundations on which to build their future learning. We will teach them to follow fundamental values that lay at the core of our academy and community. We believe learning should be fun and we invest in rich first hand experiential learning. We value the importance of outdoor learning and understand how this helps to develop children’s confidence, independence and problem solving skills. We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life.
Key Workers & Family Groups
When your child starts at E-act Blackley, they are placed into a family group with a key worker.
The key person is a named practitioner who has responsibilities for a small group of children; they are there to help the child feel safe and secure. The role is important for both child and parent and it is an approach set out in the EYFS statutory guidelines.
Your child’s Key worker will not be solely responsible for educating your child when they are at school as all adults work with all children at different times within the day. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s Key worker on a daily basis where key information can be shared.
Development Matters is the curriculum that underpins the education we provide for your child in EYFS here at Blackley Academy. Alongside using your child’s interests as the basis for our planning, we also use this document for learning objectives specific to your child’s unique level.
It is split into 7 areas of learning.
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language development
Reading and writing
Numbers, Shape, space and measure
Knowledge and understanding of the world
We also use the characteristics of effective learning to monitor your child’s learning behaviours, their likes and dislikes and their dispositions and attitudes.
All of the above areas are referenced in your child’s ORBIT profile.
To download a copy or view the development matters document, click on the link below.
Assessment in Early Years
At E-act Blackley we adhere to using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). This is a statutory requirement and we stay up to date with all amendments. Each child has a hard copy of the Development Matters profile produced by the Government. Each term, staff use evidence of children’s learning to highlight what stage each child is working at in all 17 areas of learning. If children are not on target to meet age related expectations in EYFS, interventions are carried out to provide the support they need to reach their potential.
This evidence is collected through ORBIT and practitioner’s knowledge is shared to ensure assessments are accurate. Both Nursery and Reception data is moderated by an external provider and Reception’s end of year profiles are moderated by the local authority. These moderation’s have been consistently secure showing staff have excellent knowledge of the children.
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EYFS Staff at E-act Blackley observe, assess and share with families their child’s learning journey. Throughout the weeks and months, staff take photographs, write explanations and link to the EYFSP. Families are alerted via email that their child has a new observation. Families can log in securely and view their child’s learning and are often given suggestions for next steps and ideas on how to support specific areas of learning.
In addition to this, families receive weekly paper based updates on what their child has been learning about and their experiences for the current week and the plans for the following week. Families are asked to contribute weekly to their child’s learning journey through completing ORBIT challenges and adding these to children’s online profiles. We have a 75% online uptake with some families choosing to provide examples of home learning through hard copies of photographs and learning activities.
Visit the link below to find out more:
ORBIT Showcase- Every week Key Workers sit with their family groups and have a look at the contributions from home. The children enjoy seeing themselves on the large screen and giving a commentary on their pictures and observations. This is a great opportunity for peer to peer questions and answer sessions. Even our quietest children get very involved!
Wellcomm is used throughout EYFS at our academy. We use it to screen children and group them according to their early communication skills. Next steps are identified and the children take part in fun learning experiences that help improve their communications skills. Cara O’Brien leads on Wellcomm in Nursery and Chloe Weaver in Reception. Come and ask if there is any further information you would like or visit the website below.
The ‘Futures Curriculum’ is a unique curriculum designed exclusively for our children at Blackley Academy. From Nursery to Year Six, children will have the opportunities, alongside their timetabled lessons, to take part in school visits, courses, events, activities and more importantly gain skills that will benefit them in future years. The ‘Futures Curriculum’ is designed to increase the future prospects of our children by providing the children with life skills. The children will have a range of different activities to complete by the end of every school year. Below is our EYFS Future’s Curriculum.
Have a look at our class pages to see which parts of our Futures Curriculum we have completed up to now!
Visit some of the following websites for fun learning activities…