Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage, we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) which sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.  For more information regarding the Early Years framework, please visit:  http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

 

Transition - Nursery

This term the children will begin their weekly transition into Reception. This is a fantastic
opportunity for the children to explore their new classroom and to complete activities in
preparation for September.

 

Transition - Reception

This term the children will begin their transition into Year 1. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to explore their new classroom and then complete activities in preparation for September.
We will also be beginning to use the key stage 1 playground for playtime on Tuesdays.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘under the sea and pirates’. We will be reading the following stories
 Commotion in the Ocean
 Pirates Love Underpants
 Barry the fish with fingers

 

 

 

Phonics - Nursery

We will continue to teach the children daily phonics in differentiated groups. When children are secure with phase one phonics they will then begin to learn letter sounds. At home, you may like to play an initial sound sorting game. You could encourage your child to find as many items as they can which begin with the same initial sound.

To help develop your child’s fine motor control ready for early writing you could encourage your child to:

  • Use scissors carefully and safely
  • Use crayons, pencils and chalk to mark make/draw/write on large pieces of paper
  • Thread pasta onto pieces of string to make a necklace
  • Paint using cotton buds

 

Phonics and Writing - Reception

In phonics we are learning and revisiting phases two and three and practising applying our phonics in our reading and writing. We will also be continuing with guided reading sessions where we share a story in small groups and talk about different elements of the text.  We are encouraging the children to learn the phase two and three high frequency words. At home you could practise reading and writing these words with your child.  Below is a link to a website with lots of free phonics games which your child could play at home.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7years/letters-and-sounds 

 

You could also practise letter formation with your child at home. This could be on paper, in sand, the air, in gel, with water and brushes or with paint.

In literacy, we have been reading and writing our high frequency tricky words. These words cannot be decoded using phonics. You could practise these at home by making flashcards; looking for these words in books; playing tricky word bingo.


Here are some of the words you could use:
I, no, go, to, into, the, my, he, she, we, be, was, they, have, when, there, come, you, are, all, me.

Mathematics - Nursery

The children will continue to develop their mathematics knowledge and understanding through differentiated activities. For example, counting out a given number of objects, comparing quantities, matching numerals and quantities and representing numbers. At home, you could encourage your child to create a tally chart to represent which is your family’s favourite fruit/drink or colour.

 

Mathematics - Reception

This half term in maths we will be focusing on The Early Learning Goals. This will involve, ordering numbers, solving problems using doubling, halving and sharing, adding and subtracting. In shape space and measure we will be creating patterns, describing shapes and comparing measures such as weight, height and capacity.  Below is a link to a website with lots of free maths games which your child could play at home.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?  

 

Come and Play

This year we will continue our ‘Come and Play’ sessions. These sessions will run from 8.55 – 9.40 a.m. They are every week in Nursery, and once a fortnight in Reception. This is a brilliant opportunity for you to come and see what your child is learning at school and to engage in a range of play-based activities. We look forward to seeing you at one soon.

 

Outdoor PE (Reception)

As the weather is getting colder, please ensure that your child has jogging bottoms and a warm jumper to wear for outdoor PE. At home you could practice ball skills with your child such as throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing.