English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School

Building a Learning Community of Faith, Hope and Love 1 Corinthians 13


Early Years Foundation Stage

We are passionate about offering the best possible provision for our pupils. We believe that children
learn best when they are highly engaged in activities of their own choosing so we operate a ‘planning
in the moment’ approach, which simply means that we interact with children as they play, and seize
the teachable moments as they arise. We record observations of what we see and how we have moved
the learning on. This enables us to get to know each child as an individual, what their interests are and
how best to teach them what they need to know.

With this approach, we follow the children’s interests as much as we can. This means that we explore
options for taking the children off-site for little trips within the local area. If children show an interest
in baking after reading The Gingerbread Man for example, we will help them to plan a trip to the local
shop, write a shopping list, handle money, buy the ingredients and finally make and share the recipe.
The learning opportunities are endless and much more meaningful when the children themselves
choose what they want to do. Our practitioners are skillful at spotting these teachable moments and
supporting children whilst helping them to safely develop their independence.



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