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Our Teacher in Reception is Mrs Parkins. Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cooper (morning session) and Mrs Thompson (afternoon session).


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) is based on the overarching principles that learning and development depends on each unique child having the opportunity to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning are important and inter-connected. The three prime areas are; Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These are fundamental in the EYFS, running through and supporting learning in the other four specific areas of; Literacy, Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

 

We follow a daily routine that is consistent for the children. We may adapt this on special occasions but the routine generally includes the following: Fine Motor Skills activities, adult led Phonics/Literacy activities, child initiated learning time (including snack time), adult led maths activities and another adult led activity in the afternoon.

 

Our P.E. days are Monday and Thursday. The children have the opportunity to visit the school library once a week. During this time they can return books and choose another one to take home and enjoy with their family.

 

During child initiated activities children are encouraged to develop their independence and are given opportunities to make choices, decisions and develop their own learning. We provide a range of interesting and varied resources both inside and outside, which motivate the children to learn. The environment is organised in a way that ensures children can access their learning freely and independently. The adults observe play and seek ways to support and extend children's learning.

 

Adult led activities include curriculum based activities which may be connected to our topic. In the EYFS our curriculum is on a 2 year cycle.

For this academic year (2016 - 2017) we are using Cycle A.
Next year (2017 - 2018) we will use Cycle B.

 

Cycle A:

Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me (focusing on ourselves and our family)
Autumn 2 – Festivals and Celebrations (focusing on religious winter festivals as well as light and dark)
Spring 1 – Out and About (focusing on the local area of How Wood and Park Street)
Spring 2 – Rhymes and Poems (focusing on familiar nursery rhymes)
Summer 1 – Our Garden (focusing on growing plants, minibeasts and their life cycles)
Summer 2 – Water (focusing on bodies of water and travel)

Cycle B:

Autumn 1 – Senses (Focusing on ourselves and how we use our 5 senses)
Autumn 2 – People who Help Us (focusing on the school and the community)
Spring 1 – Superheroes (links to science; materials and forces)
Spring 2 – Transport and Journeys (focusing on ways of travelling and modes of transport)
Summer 1 – Traditional Tales
Summer 2 – All Creatures Great and Small (focusing on different animals including farm and zoo animals)

 

 

 

Useful websites:

www.letters-and-sounds.com/ - phonic games for children
www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/ - for children
www.topmarks.co.uk/Parents/ - for parents
www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting - maths and literacy games

Children also have their own logins to the following websites:

www.purplemash.com/#/home

www.educationcity.com/