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Our EYFS Vision

Our vision for EYFS is for a highly stimulating environment, which provides rich, varied and imaginative experiences, where teaching inspires and is highly responsive to children’s needs.

We want our pupils to be surrounded by natural materials and resources in an interesting and ever-changing environment, to help develop their curiosity, provide opportunities for them to ask questions, and talk about things they have discovered.

EYFS Staff
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Mrs Caroline Griffin

 Class Teacher
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Mrs Kelly Fisher

 Teaching Assistant
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Ms Jenny Krasniqi

Teaching Assistant
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Mrs Stephanie Taylor

EYFS Leader

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7th November 2017

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11th October 2017

 You may have noticed that your child is becoming increasingly interested in letters and the sounds that they make. Some can recognise letters and are able to read and write simple words, others can recognise a few sounds and some are in the very early stage of letter recognition. Whatever stage your child is at, I cannot stress enough, the importance of your role in your child’s journey to becoming a fluent and confident reader. Research consistently shows that children whose parents who are interested and play an active role in their learning have better outcomes than those who don’t. It is essential that you spend some time each day reading with/to your child and supporting them as they begin to learn how to identify and read words.

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 In Reception, and indeed all of Key Stage One, the children have a daily phonics session where they learn sounds and practise reading and writing. So far, in class, we have learnt the sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,d,m. We have looked at the written letter shape (grapheme) and practised identifying the first and last sound in words. 

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Aswell as learning these sounds we also sing Nursery rhymes, play sound games, practise rhyme and rhythm, do shared reading and writing regularly throughout the day, read stories and poems, share non-fiction texts and we are starting to do some small group (guided) reading. 

After half term your child will be given a reading book. Initially, some children will have books without words in order for them to become familiar with turning pages, discussing events and looking at picture clues to understand plotlines. Some children will have books with simple CVC words (Consnant, Vowel, Constnant i.e. dog, cat, pin). Please support your child in reading this book as frequently as you can and sign their record book to show you have done so.

Wednesday 4th October 2017

We have had another busy week in Reception. It’s wonderful to see the children forging friendships and we have been delighted to hear the feedback from other members of staff about what a lovely class they are! We are understandably a little biased, but we wholeheartedly agree!

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In class we have been focusing on developing our physical skills and core strength which are essential skills for learning to write. Mrs Griffin and I attended a days’ training on the importance of being physically active and were given lots of ideas about how to support the children’s motor skill development. Did you know that the Department of Health states that children of pre-school age should be physically active for at least 180 minutes spread throughout the day? And that a recent survey revealed that 74% of children spend less time outside each day than prisoners (Persil’s Dirt is Good Campaign 2016)  So… this week we have been outside painting fences, throwing balls through hoops, completing obstacle courses, throwing and catching a range of equipment, using the monkey bars, climbing the cargo net, riding the bikes, chalking and sweeping up leaves! It’s been exhausting but brilliant fun! As we move into the winter, please be aware that your child will be playing outdoors in all weathers, so please make sure they are dressed appropriately. Remember we have a scooter rack so walking to school is a great way to ensure that your child is getting enough physical activity in the day (and it won’t do you any harm either!)

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Every morning we do 'Wake and Shake' where we focus on movements which cross the midline and help the brain to make connections. Our current favourite song is ‘Work that body’ by Walk the Moon. Try putting it on at home and see if your child can teach you some of the exercises. We also do 'Take Ten' where we all go outside for 10 minutes and carry out some physical activity or learn a new skill e.g. skipping or hopping. The children complete daily ‘Fidgety Fingers’ tasks which aim to promote fine motor skills development. Activities like popping bubble wrap, playing with play dough, screwing lids on and off bottles, cutting with scissors, threading, screwing nuts and bolts are all simple things your child could do at home to practise their fine motor skills. As well as lots of outdoor play, climbing, running, riding scooters and bikes, climbing trees- so embrace the leaves and get outdoors!! Remember Outdoor learning week is the week before half term.  

Friday 22nd September 2017

Happy lunchtimes!

We have had another great week in Reception. The children have enjoyed staying for lunch and are getting used to the routines at lunchtimes. It seems that the children are really into Superheroes at the moment, so we will be embracing that next week and building that into our planning. 

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This is our Curriculum map for this year. We strive to plan from the children's interests and so cannot tell you too far in advance the topics we will be covering, however, this document will explain what is covered within each area of learning. We will update this page and Twitter and include any ideas for home learning opportunities. 
Please remember Wednesday is our PE day so the children need to come to school in their PE kits. Please also ensure you child has a pair of wellies in school and that all clothing is labelled. We are looking forward to seeing the children on Monday, well rested and raring to go! Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 15th September 2017

What a fantastic week Reception has had! The children have settled in very quickly and are rapidly learning the morning routine. They know how to self-register, where to put their belongings and are able to find which group to go to for Fidgety Fingers. By 8.55am this morning all children were on task and learning! Thanks for all your help in encouraging the children to be independent when coming into school. Next week they will need to choose their school dinners when they first come in, so please discuss with your child in the morning what the options are and support them in placing their stone in the correct basket. Here is the link to Herts Catering Menu…

https://hertscatering.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hcl-pupils-choice-summer-autumn-2017-1.pdf

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Independent learners

This week has been all about becoming familiar with the classroom and teachers, aswell as getting to know each other. We have been modelling routines- from how to get their snack, to how to put on an apron. It is paying off already, as we can see the children starting to help each other and attempting to put on their own coats and wellies rather than asking an adult to do it for them. Please encourage the children to be as independent as they can be with these tasks at home too!

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See you next week...

We are looking forward to seeing the children at school full time next week. Expect to have some very tired little people coming home at the end of the day. Being in Reception is truly exhausting (but wonderful!) Have a lovely weekend!