Early Years


The Foundation Stage begins in Nursery and continues through to Reception.

We help the children to learn through playing, exploring and being active. This means children will take part in a range of fun, practical activities; some of which are adult led, some guided by adults and some will be child-initiated.

We follow the EYFS Framework which explains how and what your child will be learning. It is very flexible so it can be adapted to the children’s needs and interests.

Newsletters

Nursery

Reception

Phonics

This week we are learning …

Upcoming diary dates and workshops

  • 24th January: Free Writing Meeting at 3.20pm
  • 7th February: NSPCC Number Day
  • 11th February: Safer Internet Day
  • 11th February: Parent Workshop on eSafety at 9am
  • 14th February: Last day of term

 

  • Name EVERYTHING in permanent marker with your child’s name and class. Biro washes off very quickly. Coats, hats, gloves, PE bag, PE kits, plimsolls, JUMPERS, school shirts, trousers. Alternatively you can buy iron-on or even better stick-on name labels online.

  • Check that your child’s winter coat has a zip that is easy to do up. Some zips are impossible for the child to do themselves! Practise putting on and doing up coats, it is really helpful as it develops children’s sense of independence.

  • When choosing school shoes, ones with Velcro instead of shoelaces are helpful for younger children. Shoes need to be sensible, flat, black shoes – no sandals or open-toed shoes please.

  • Help your child feel comfortable and able to go to the toilet themselves. Encourage them to be independent and able to look after themselves.
  • Lots of counting, both reciting and counting objects accurately.
  • Learning to recognise numbers.
  • Lots of drawing, colouring, Playdoh and Lego to help build up hand strength.
  • Lots of talking; promoting communication by discussing what you do over the summer etc.
  • Independence – Encourage your child to be independent when getting dressed and going to the toilet.
  • Talking and Responding— helping your child to talk—home language is important.
  • Encourage your child to use a knife and fork.
  • Play with your child and show them how to share
  • Carpet time together – read stories, sing songs etc.
  • Encourage your child to follow simple instructions — please can you get me…..?
  • Letter (sound) and number recognition
  • Hold a pencil, crayon and scissors correctly
  • Recognise and attempt to write his/her own name
  • Speak in full sentences

Internet Links

You can visit a range of resources online to support your child’s learning at home. Some of these links require a login which will have been supplied by your child’s class teacher. 

Purple Mash

Purple Mash is a  creative educational website for children. It is a safe environment that does not require any downloading or allow interaction with people online. 
To access this resource from home, you will have been issued a username and password from your child’s class teacher. 

Education City

Education City is a safe online learning space. 
To access this resource from home, you will have been issued a username and password from your child’s class teacher. 

Think U Know

Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a website which provides detailed information about how to support your child online.

Swiggle

Swiggle is a child friendly search engine ensuring children get the information they need for their studies.

Top Marks

Top Marks is as searchable site of thousands of quality resources and interactive games 

Phonics Play

Phonics Play is site packed with interactive phonics games to help children to learn to hear their phonics.