Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Polperro Academy

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Polperro Primary Academy we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development.

We aim to develop and broaden the range of children's learning experiences, to leave them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners. We hope to play our part by treating your child as an individual and offering him/her a variety of experiences and activities which are designed to further their development process.

At Polperro Primary Academy we provide a safe, challenging, stimulating and caring environment where we do not make a distinction between work and play. Children's learning will be through accessing ad a range of activities each with an underlying educational purpose. Play is the means by which the children explore a variety of experiences in different situations for a variety of purposes. It is a process which provides for children a way of learning about the world around them.

Activities may be child-initiated or adult led -to provide the most effective learning opportunities.

Staff plan activities and experiences that promote children's development and learning based on the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ in the following key aspects:

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. It is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

We hold parents meetings to further understand and consider each child’s interests, development and learning and find out what children’s interests are at home. This helps us to plan more effectively for children’s individual needs.

Throughout the year the children are assessed using the Development Matters statements and at the end of the year they are assessed against the EYFS Early Learning Goals. This gives us clear information on where the children were when they started and how much progress they have made throughout the year. Parents will be given a report detailing your child’s progress and a statement about their Characteristics of Learning (how your child learns)



Communication between the School and parents/carers is vitally important as it helps with organisation and ensures that we all feel involved in life at Polperro Primary Academy.

We have a number of ways in which we communicate with parents/carers and these include:

•Text Messages
•Parent/Teacher Consultations
•Pupil Reports

Effective learning takes place when there is a good partnership between home and School, with good communications between pupils, teachers and parents/ carers. Any home learning set must be achievable by all pupils. Home learning can take the form of reading, learning by heart, writing, problem solving, researching, designing and planning or revision.

It should be noted that homework can be set in many different forms with many different expectations and outcomes.

Homework should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the School. Normally, more than one day will be allowed for the completion of a homework task, except where daily practice is to be encouraged e.g. reading, spelling and times tables.

The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:

Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week
Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day

Homework Tasks

Listed below are a number of example tasks and activities that might be given as homework. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is open to constant change, although many of these tasks and activities will be used on a regular basis. Homework activities will change to meet the needs of the pupils involved and activities that might be occurring in class. All homework tasks and activities will have a clear purpose and assist pupils in the process of their academic development.

Foundation Stage

These may include:

•Reading books
•Counting up and down stairs.
•Reciting nursery and counting rhymes.
•Identification of shapes in the environment.
•Fastening and unfastening buttons and zips and tying shoelaces.

Year 1 and 2

These may include:

•Literacy activities
•Numeracy activities
•Real life numeracy related problems e.g. shopping, car, bus and house numbers,
•Learning number facts or number bonds

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

They may include:

•Learning spellings
•‘Talk Homework’ that involves discussing the focus for a future piece of writing
•Handwriting practice
•Reading comprehension activities
•Planning pieces of writing
•Planning presentations
•Researching topics
•Learning Times Tables
•Learning number facts and number bonds
•Practising calculation strategies learned in class

If your child is unsure about the homework they have been set, please contact the Class Teacher.

Emergency School Closure

We recognise that the decision to close a school in the event of an emergency (e.g. snow, flooding, no water or heating) significantly impacts upon you, as parents and guardians. This document outlines the agreed procedure which all schools are asked to follow and offers advice to parents on the key things to consider, both before and after the decision to close has been made.

Guidance and procedures are sent to all schools on an annual basis, usually at the start of the autumn term. To prevent the possibility of fraudulent school closures, schools are required to follow a verification process before providing school closure information. Schools are then asked to:

•Undertake a risk assessment, using common sense to determine whether it is feasible for children and staff to remain in the school; and if not, what subsequent risks could arise by sending them home. Before school hours start, schools are also asked to assess if the roads are safe for children to travel to school

•Seek approval from the Governing Body (usually the decision of the Chair of Governors will suffice) to authorise the decision to close.

•Notify Cornwall Council and the three local radio stations (BBC Radio Cornwall, Heart FM and Pirate FM). Providing the school follow the agreed procedure, each of the radio stations have all agreed to broadcast details of all school closures.

Polperro Primary Academy's Procedure
As well as the above, Polperro Primary Academy will place a statement on the school website and send a text message to all parents as soon as possible following the decision to close. Those whom we cannot contact by text will be contacted by telephone.
Should you need to contact the school directly, please be aware that the line may be busy or unavailable when a large number of parents are calling at the same time.
A full list of all schools closed in Cornwall can be found at:
You may also find the following websites useful:
Cornwall Snow Advice
Met Office
Environment Agency
Devon and Cornwall Police


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Higher Achievers.doc
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Polperro Primary Academy homework policy.doc
Polperro Primary Academy homework policy.doc


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We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

Happy half term everyone. Please remember that there is a staff training day on Monday 1st November. The school reopens to pupils on Tuesday 2nd November.

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