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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the EYFS


Our EYFS classes are:

Paddington Class with Mrs Parker, Miss Reed and Ms Morris.

Dahl Class with Mrs Dimes, Mrs Brigginshaw and Mrs Godleman.

 

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for the maths themed stay and play, we had a fantastic turn out and the children had lots of fun. Please see some pictures in the gallery below.

 

Thematic Approach:

This term our theme is ‘Who Can Help Me?’ Activities may include: visits from the emergency services, role play and ways to keep healthy and safe. 

 

Diary Dates:

Tuesday 30th January - Firefighter visit (subject to change)

Thursday 23rd January- Police visit (subject to change)

Thursday 6th February – Parents invited to stay and play 8.50-10.20 for Maths themed fun

Friday 14th February- Dress up as what you would like to be when you grow up

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

 

Development Matters in the EYFS

This is the framework that we follow to support and assess learning

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf 

Meet the Oxford Reading Tree characters

Homework 

 

Homework helps to practise and reinforce classroom learning and also gives opportunities to develop key skills. We believe that homework only works if we have the support and enthusiasm of parents and children and should be key to an effective partnership between school and families. Please support your child to complete their homework but do not do it for them.

In Reception children are set weekly challenges in their homework books. Completed homework is rewarded with a homework hat or homework hero sticker. Additional phonics activities are also provided on a weekly basis to reinforce our phonics teaching at home, these are in each child’s home school reading record. 

Examples of the children's homework are on display on the boards outside Paddington and Dahl classrooms.

 

Helicopter Stories

In class the children have been writing ‘helicopter stories’.

 

In its simplest form, Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down, exactly as they are told, by an EYFS practitioner. The children then gather on the stage and the stories are acted out.

 

Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.

 

The children have really enjoyed doing these at school and have the opportunity to take a helicopter story book, to make at home, whenever they like. Please see the example below.

 

Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently)

Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 1 Sentence writing
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 2 Counting objects that cannot be moved
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 3 Writing about Chinese New Year
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 4 Addition number sentences
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 5 Reading words with the new digraphs
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 6 Writing about Chinese New Year
Hall of Fame (all of this amazing learning has been produced by the children independently) 7 Counting on when adding

Useful Websites

Phonics Play

This website offers some free to play phonics games to support reading and writing

The children are currently working in phase 2.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase2Menu.htm

 

Oxford Owl

You can register for free to use online reading books.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

 

Alphablocks

Video clips of the alphabet telling stories and making words using phonics. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

 

Topmarks

Lots of games to support early maths, reading and writing.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

 

Numberblocks

Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

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