Welcome to Early Years!

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.


Miss Duncalfe /
Mrs Martin
TA: Mrs Russell


Ms Curry
TA: Mrs Goddard


Ms Cottingham
TA: Miss Shaper

Thank you for attending the Early Years 'Six Weeks In' meeting. We hope you found it useful. If you couldn't make it the presentations are available below.

6 weeks in reading and phonics

2018 talk

Our curriculum

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.

Having done these jobs the children are free to choose an activity within the classroom.

Our daily routine

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.

Learning to read

Learning to read is a long and complicated process. Phonics is one strategy we teach children to help them decode words. Phonics refers to the sound made by letters. We use the Read, Write Inc. approach to teaching the letter sounds.

It is very important that we teach the correct pronunciation when introducing and practising phonemes.

These links demonstrate the articulation of each phoneme.

click on this link and hear the correct pronunciation with 5yr old Sylvie - a nice one to watch with your child.

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