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.

Chestnut

Miss Dewdney
TA: Mrs Russell

Hazel

Ms Curry
TA: Miss Blake

Willow

Ms Cottingham
TA: Mrs Williams

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.

Gallery

The fire service came to visit us at school. 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.

Term Topics

Farm Trip

At the beginning of the summer term we had a fantastic trip to Oathall Farm. We saw lots of different animals including pigs, chickens, cows, sheep and lambs. We also found out how the animals are looked after. We finished our visit with a drink and a biscuit in the classroom.

Click each gallery below to view more photos..

Chicken Visit

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.

Chicks

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.

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.