We hope your child settles well into school and enjoys their learning experiences. We know this is a new experience for all of you so don't forget we are around at the beginning and end of every day if there are any concerns, questions or information sharing.
Please ensure all your child’s clothes and belongings are clearly labelled.
Please include water bottles, P.E. kit and lunch boxes.
P.E. kit should be in school EVERY day.
The weekly planning preparation and assessment time will occur on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons when the children will be taught by Mrs King & Mrs Banbury, Mrs Goddard & Mrs Joseph and Mrs Brough & Miss Shaper.
Thank you to all who attended our six weeks event. We hope you found it useful and enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful things the children have been up to!
If you were unable to make the meeting, both presentations and the handouts used are attached below.
Four guiding principles shape our practice in early years. These are:
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first, These are:
These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
At about 9.20 we have a short carpet time when we have a teaching input on, for example, phonics or mathematics
After this one of the adults might work with a small group of children while the rest of the children select an activity of their choice, supported by the other adult.
At 10.20 we have snack time, when we sit down together and have a piece of fruit and a drink of milk or water.
Lunch is at 11.45- the reception children are served first and the class teachers stay with them until they are seated and settled. After lunch there is another playtime in the KS1 playground, along with the year 1 and year 2 children. Some of the Reception teaching assistants are on duty at this time as well as the mid day supervisors.
In the afternoon we have another carpet time followed by more group work or self chosen activities.
In Early Years, developing the skills of early reading is a priority. Whole class, short phonics sessions take place every morning. During the summer term, children transition to phonics groups merged with key stage one.
Children take home decodable texts closely matched to their phonic ability from our wide range of book banded books. Additionally, children choose books from the book corner to take home and share alongside the decodable texts sent home to support their phonic knowledge.
A wide range of quality texts are promoted throughout the learning environment- both inside and outside. Children are read to throughout the day and opportunities for the children to share, listen to, act out, re-tell and read books are provided and encouraged. Book corners are stimulating and accessible, owned and loved by children, indoors and outdoors.
Reading behaviours are modelled and familiar texts are read often. Children are encouraged and supported to join in with repeated refrains and learn stories ‘by heart.’
Children have the opportunity to read to an adult on a one to one or small group basis at least once a week.
Home school diaries communicate reading progress between home and school, and include teacher and parent feedback.
Opportunities for independent writing and role play linked to familiar texts and personal experiences are provided in all areas of the learning environment, both inside and outside.
Parent workshops are provided to encourage and support early reading and highlight the importance of reading regularly at home.
See the Powerpoint used in the Spring EYFS reading meeting for more information:
This term is all about settling into school, making friends and learning daily routines. Our topic is Me and My World. We learn about the community in which we live and the people and services that help us. We enjoy exploring familiar songs and rhymes and learning about our school values.
Many exciting first hand experiences make our learning meaningful and fun. From meeting local heroes to village walks and visiting our local nursing home, the children are immersed in their community and gain a real understanding and respect for themselves and others.
The popular text ‘Supertato’ helps us to explore what a hero is and develop an understanding of bravery. An evil pea invasion sparks many opportunities for problem solving and science investigations into freezing and melting.
We look closely at the seasons and make first hand observations of changes in our regular ‘welly walks’ around the school grounds.
Bonfire night sparks enthusiasm for poetry writing and brings a visit from the Fire service about keeping safe.
At the beginning of the term we went on a lovely Autumn walk around the school grounds. We looked for signs of Autumn and discussed these in the classroom. We also collected leaves which had fallen from the trees to use in our art work.
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The fire service came to visit us at school this Autumn term. The fire fighters came to each reception classroom and we discussed what fire fighters do and safety information. The children saw the the fire engine, they were able to go inside and had a go at squirting the hose too.
We have been on a wonderful walk around the village. As part of our 'Me and My World' topic we have been learning more about the community in which we live and the people and services that help us. Back in the classroom we made village maps and wrote about what we saw in the village.
Early Years went to Compton House Nursing Home to spread some Christmas cheer. The children shared their favourite Christmas stories with the residents and sang them a song. It was a positive and meaningful experience for all. Thank you to all the staff and residents for making the children so welcome.
To develop our knowledge and understanding of the world, we have been looking closely at our local community and the local heroes who are part of it. To start the topic, local resident Jenny Slack visited us with her teddies and told us stories of their adventures around Lindfield. We then went to find the teddies in the windows of our local, key facilities and shops on our village walk. Following this, we were visited by our local Lollipop Lady, Val who discussed her role in keeping us safe when crossing the road and then we learnt about fire safety during a visit from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. To continue the theme, we met more of our heroes and heard about the roles of a paramedic and a police officer. As a celebration of our learning, we held a 'Real Life Hero Dress up Day'. The children loved dressing up as their chosen heroes and writing about who they were before playing games using our hero talents on the playground!
Our topic this term is Vroom Vroom. Our learning is centered around vehicles and transport.
Many more exciting first hand experiences will be taking place from making our own vehicles and holding a vehicle exhibition to going on a bus ride and visiting the Bluebell Railway!
The popular text ‘Naughty Bus’ enables us to investigate how vehicles move in across different surfaces. We will have great fun choosing where the Naughty Bus will take us!
Local author Nicola Richardson will be visiting us to share her book ‘Digger School’ to support our learning about the different parts of diggers and how they work.
We will continue our walks of the school grounds to look closely at seasonal changes as signs of Spring emerge.
We will also be learning about the importance of Easter and making crispie cakes to help us with instruction writing.
Spring term has seen the start of our regular 'Reading Pop In' sessions. The children have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and sharing stories with all the parents and grandparents.
As part of Science Week, Early Years based our learning around the text Stanley’s Stick and investigated the question ‘Is a stick alive or dead?’
To begin the week, we walked around the school grounds looking for signs of Spring. We then ventured into the forest to read our key text and collect sticks! Mrs Smith posed our big question and we discussed our ideas about whether the sticks were alive or dead. We learnt about where sticks come from and why, when they have fallen from the trees they are no longer living. We looked at the difference between a stick that was dead and one that was still living.
Back in the classroom we learnt more about what ‘living’ means and sorted items into alive or dead to show our understanding. We had a visitor in to talk to us about plants and growth and we planted sunflower seeds. Just like Stanley in our story, we imagined all the things our sticks could be and created some fantastic art work to represent our ideas.
This term our topic is ‘Down on the Farm’. Our learning is all about animals, life cycles and change. The children enjoy a popular trip to the local Oathall farm to bring their learning to life.
Re-telling and sequencing the story of the Little Red Hen leads us in to some story writing as well as the making and tasting of fresh bread!
We experience growth and change first hand when having a visit from some hens and hatching our very own chicks!
We will continue our walks of the school grounds to look closely at seasonal changes.
Preparing children for their transition to year 1 is an important part of our PSHE this term.
The children enjoy looking back on their changes throughout their time in Early Years and trialing the year 1 timetable and routines in preparation for moving up.
Two hens came to school for the day! The children stroked them and learnt about how to care for chickens. They looked at them carefully and did some wonderful sketches.
Our chicks are a highlight of the summer term! Each class put some eggs in an incubator and we counted down the days until they hatched 21 days later. The children were fascinated to watch the chicks grow. We kept them in school for just over 4 weeks and it is incredible how much they’ve grown.