Welcome to Class 4 – our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit
We currently have a mixed Nursery and Reception class in our school, our learning space is split across 3 classrooms. The Sun Beam room, where Nursery children have their welcome songs on a morning and focused activities, the main shared classroom filled with fun learning opportunities and our Reception room where the children complete focused activities and explore.
Early Years and starting our school may be your child’s first experience of the wider world away from family, we aim to provide a rich and fulfilling learning environment to build strong foundations to progress through school life.
Our Early Years unit
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Mrs L Boulton Class Teacher
Mrs A Wessels Class Teacher (Maternity cover)
Mrs C Hurton Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Wilkinson Teaching Assistant
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The Early Years curriculum is split into 7 areas – Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and expressive Art and Design. All learning in our setting is a mix of adult led and play based learning, we offer short focused lessons and then the children have the chance to develop their knowledge and understanding further in the provision.
Communication and Language:
- Listening attentively, including while completing tasks
- Listening to stories and responding to prompts and ideas
- Following instructions to carry out activities
- Expression of ideas, including real-life and fictional ideas
- Using past, present and future forms of language
- Developing control and coordination of movement
- Handling equipment and tools, including for writing
- Learning about healthy diet and exercise
- Managing their own hygiene and personal needs
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
- Building confidence to choose activities and discuss ideas
- Build awareness of needing help, and confidence to ask
- Confidence to speak in a group of familiar peers
- Working as part of a group, following rules where appropriate
- Forming positive relationships with peers and adults
- Playing co-operatively, taking turns
- Split into 3 areas – comprehension, word reading and writing
- Use phonics to decode straightforward words
- Read simple sentences
- Discuss what has been read
- Use phonics knowledge to write simple words and sentences
- Counting and number recognition
- Automatic recall of number bonds to 5
- Developing a secure understand of numerical patterns
- Subitise up to 5
Understanding the World:
- Developing an understanding about themselves and the world around them.
- Exploring the natural world
- Comparing people, cultures and communities
Expressive Art and Design:
- Experiment with songs, music and dance
- Use a range of artistic materials, tools and techniques
- Work imaginatively to create new works
- Represent ideas through art, music, role-play, dance and stories
We follow Essential Letters and Sounds phonics, this starts in Reception and the children follow this programme until the end of KS1.
Each child has their own phonics sounds book, the new sounds learnt that week get added every Thursday and books given out again on a Friday.
We have high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and we have clear systems in school for promoting positive behaviour. Each day every child starts on the sunshine and have chance to move to the rainbow for exceptional behaviour. Children may also be moved to the sad cloud or thunder cloud for not following school rules. Parents and the Headteacher are notified if a child is moved to the thunder cloud. Children who have remained on the sunshine for the full week will have a dip in the box on a Friday, in addition children who have shown exceptional behavioural and have been moved to the rainbow will get a dip in the box on that day. Children receive a behaviour certificate at the end of each half term for consistently good behaviour.
Useful information for Reception parents
- Children should bring their reading book into each day, books are changed every Thursday.
- Homework books are given out on a Friday and due back on a Tuesday.
- Phonics sound books are to be in school every Thursday so new sounds learnt that week can be added and will be given out again on the Friday.
- Our PE day is Wednesday, all children should have PE kits in school and these will be sent home at the end of each half term.
Useful information for Nursery parents
- Nursery get a library book to take home every week, please could these be returned every Wednesday to be changed. If you forgot the book on the Wednesday please bring the following week as our library day for Nursery is Wednesday only.
Useful information for all parents
- Please label all of your children’s belongings, including footwear and water bottles.
- We love the outdoors and provide waterproofs for all children, please could we ask for you to provide a pair of wellington boots for your child that can stay in school for the full academic year.
- The children have access to lots of messy play including paint, water, sand and much more. Please could we ask for all children to have a full change of clothes in school.
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