Spurcroft Primary school

Spurcroft Primary school

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Early Years

Topic 

In the Early Years teaching and learning is taught through topics that are based on the children's interests.  Children learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult led and independent tasks. The EYFS curriculum promotes independence, communication, self-confidence, determination and the ability to think critically and share children's thoughts and ideas. The children have independent access to a stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis.

Our current topic is: FANTASY

The overview of this term's topic learning can be found here

Routines and Organisation

F1 (Nursery) children participate in two, group sessions in both the morning and afternoon, which promote phonics, communication and language, fine motor skills and early maths skills. 

In F2 (Reception) there are 3 daily whole class teaching sessions that include Topic, Literacy, phonics and maths, as well as weekly PE, music and art lessons. Children also participate in small group tasks led by the teacher that build on whole class teaching and develop children's skills.  

F1 and F2 have opportunities throughout the day to learn together as part of child-initiated play. Children have Independent Learning for one hour in the morning and in the afternoon. This essential time supports children to develop their own ideas and to be in control of their learning. It enables them to learn through first-hand experiences, allowing them to choose how to use the resources to do so.

Additionally, the children have an opportunity to learn through the outdoor environment in our extensive outdoor learning area, encouraging to learn in different ways and on different scales, have first-hand experience with the natural world and to become physically active.

Our weekly timetable can be found here.

 

Phonics

Phonics forms the basis for reading and writing in the Early Years. Both F1 and F2 children are taught phonics in discrete sessions and have opportunities to practise these skills in Independent Learning.

In F1 we concentrate on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lay the foundations for the phonics work in F2.

F2 children are taught phonics daily in fun and interactive lessons. Children are taught the sounds linked to letters and the skills to segment sounds to spell and blend sounds to write.  

To support F2 children in phonics we use phonic workbooks as a base for our lesson. These workbooks enable children to practise letter formation, blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for writing. The workbooks also enable children to build up to practising reading and writing phrases and sentences.  In addition to this children use sound mats and letter flash cards to support children's phonic development.

Here is a copy of the sound mat we use - it might be useful to print it off and put on the fridge! 

Sound Map

Home Learning

In the Early Years, we set home learning tasks to support the children in consolidating the learning we have done at school during the week, and to enable parents to be part of their child's learning journey.

Home Learning in EYFS consists of:

  • Home School Reading Book -  Children are given a home school reading book each week and are expected to share this with an adult at home on a daily basis for at least 5 minutes. We use structured, levelled sets of books that grow gradually more challenging over time and aim to develop children's phonic and comprehension skills. Children should read this book several times at home over the week in order to gain fluency and confidence, and spend time talking about what is happening in the book. 
  • High Frequency Flash Cards. - To support children's reading development children are issued weekly sets of flash cards to learn at home. These words are common in reading and when recognised, help the children to read with more fluency.
  • Topic Home Learning Tasks - Each term children are encouraged to complete a task at home linked to our topic. We encourage the children to choose an activity that interests them and to work on the task with an adult at home.

There are a range of websites out there to provide additional support and learning opportunities for your child’s learning, some of which can be found below:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Communication

We aim it to have good links between school and home to enable practitioners and parents to work in partnership to meet the needs of the children.

A weekly EYFS newsletter, which provides parents with updates on the learning is emailed out. Please contact the school office if you don't receive the email.

Although we still send some paper copies of letters home with children, many of our letters are now sent electronically and we also send out regular communication via text. To avoid missing out on important information, it is important that the school office has up-to-date contact details. Please also contact the school office if you need another copy of a letter.

To record our children's learning in the EYFS we use an online journal called 'Tapestry'. Teachers and keyworkers add photographs and observations of children's learning which is shared with parents and carers. We also encourage parents and carers to add children's learning or significant moments from home.

Things you need to know

All F2 children are expected to wear a school uniform. It is not compulsory for F1 children but most of our children wear a school jumper or cardigan.

What to Bring to School

PE Kit

Once they are settled in, F2 children have PE once or twice a week. For the first term, child stay in their school uniform and do not change. Children start getting changed for PE in January.  They will need a white t-shirt, dark shorts and plimsolls.

Book bags

Children should bring in their book bags every morning and take them home every night. 

Water

We encourage children to bring in a bottle of water every day, but please don’t carry them in your child’s book bag as they often leak and ruin books. 

Clothes

Children spend a lot of time outdoors, so always need outdoor clothes that are appropriate for the weather. 

Children need:

  • a cheap pair of wellies that they can leave in school. Please put these in a waterproof bag, such as a swimming bag.
  • a sun hat
  • waterproof jacket & trousers (these can be bought from outdoor shops like Millets, or you can get these from as little as  £10 on ebay)
  • gloves, a scarf, a winter hat

Please remember that clothes can often get lost, even if they are named, so we recommend that you buy cheap items for school use, and never send in more ‘precious’ clothes.

Staff

The EYFS Team:

Mrs Rhian Davey – EYFS Team Leader

Oak Class Teacher (Monday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Nicole Oelofse – Oak Class Teacher (Monday - Wednesday) and Key worker  (Thurs and Friday)

Mrs Christine Preston – Ash Class Teacher (Monday – Wednesday)

Mrs Terri Madle – Ash Class Teacher (Thursday and Friday)

 

Mrs Unity Speakman – Elm Class Teacher

Ms Clare Beck – Oak Key Worker (Monday to Wednesday)

Mrs Sarah Jarvis – Ash Key Worker

Mrs Lisa Kew – Elm Key Worker

 

 

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Mrs Louise Argyle –  Nurture (Monday to Thursday)

Mrs Jane Dickety – Nurtute