Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery Blue Nursery Yellow
Teacher - Miss J Tilt Teacher - Miss H Barker
Teaching Assistant - Miss R O'Connor Teaching Assistant - Miss B John
Teaching Assistant - Miss S Baddoo Teaching Assistant - Mrs J Artingstall
Teaching Assistant - Miss C Hollinshead
Reception Blue Reception Yellow
Teacher - Miss J Taylor Teacher - Miss L Perry
Teaching Assistant - Miss C Upton Teaching Assistant - Miss S Marshall
The Acorn Room
Mrs H McDonagh
Miss S Baddoo
Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In Nursery and Reception, we follow the EYFS framework which sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.
Children engage in a mix of adult led and child initiated activities. Where possible, we base the children's learning on their interests which inform our topics
This half term we will be starting to use WellComm. WellComm is a speech and language toolkit which is used with children from 6 months to 6 years. We use the toolkit to support children’s language development using a range of fun and play based activites. Here are some ways you can encourage and support your child’s lanagauge development at home:
- Switch off disctractions such as the TV, iPads and mobile phones.
- Make time to listen to your child talking about their day.
- Play listening games such as musical bumps/statues.
- Use puppets to make up stories.
- Use story books to teach new vocabulary.
- Visit your local area, such as the park, and talk about what you can see.
We know the importance of parental support in ensuring each and every child reaches their full potential. That is why we invite you into the EYFS for our weekly (Nursery) or fortnightly (Reception) Come and Play sessions on a Friday morning (8.55 - 9.40). These sessions provide an opportunity for you to find out what your child is learning about in school and how it is being taught to them to enable collaborative learning between home and school. For more information regarding learning in the Early Years, please read the document below:
During the year you will also have the opportunity to celebrate your child's learning for example during our assemblies and celebrations.
Here are some examples of when our parents have joined in with our learning:
We have the opportunity to engage in enrichment activities too. For example, in Reception we bake in our key worker groups. Last year, we made cakes, biscuits and pizzas! Everyone in the EYFS had the opportunity to learn how to sew too.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children can access the provision outside. We believe there’s no such thing as bad weather, therefore we play outside in all types of weather, even rain! Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat and wellington boots which they can keep on their peg.
As the weather turns colder, please ensure you are providing your child with a warm, waterproof coat, a hat, mittens and wellies to wear at school. Please ensure all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We will be continuing to use the outdoor learning environment throughout the winter!
This year the children in Reception will partake in forest school activities on a weekly basis (RY: Wednesday, p.m. and RB: Thursday, p.m.). Miss Barker, our forest school practitioner will lead the sessions which will run throughout an afternoon. The children are thoroughly enjoying their outdoor learning with Miss Barker and have already learnt a lot about the great outdoors. Please ensure your child has warm, waterproof clothing and footwear suitable for the weather.
We will be continuing with phase one phonics this half term. We will be learning all about environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion and voice sounds. We will also be reading stories which teach us about rhythm and rhyme such as:
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
- Monkey and Me
- A Squash and a Squeeze
- There’s a Dragon at my School
- Brown Bear Brown Bear
You could borrow some of these from your local library: http://www.burnageactivityhub.org.uk/wp/
In English we will be continuing to learn vocabulary linked to our topic, exploring books and developing our early reading skills. We will be developing our writing skills and starting to practise our cursive handwriting.
In mathematics we will be learning to compare quantities, find one more and one less and begin to add and subtract. We will be learning about 2D shapes and developing our mathematical vocabulary linked to length, height, weight and capacity.
In phonics we will be learning to recognise, name and say the phonemes of the alphabet and using them to read and write simple words whilst learning to read the words: the, to, I, no, go and into by sight. Some of us will even be learning how to read and write simple sentences!
Important Days - Reception
- Homework will be given out on Wednesday and must be returned by the following Monday. If your child needs help with their homework, please speak with their class teacher before the return day.
- PE is on a Friday. Please ensure your child has shorts, t-shirt, trainers and something warm for outdoor PE such as a tracksuit.
- There will be a reading information evening on Thursday 20th September (15:45). Reading books will be given out at this session and will be changed every Monday thereafter.. Please ensure that you have left a comment in the reading record each time your child reads at home.