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Early Years Foundation Stage

We believe that the Early Years is building the foundation blocks which paves the way throughout a child's education. There are 4 main themes that underpin the Early Years, 1. Unique Child, 2. Positive Relationships, 3.Enabling Environments, 4. Learning and Development. We also record on the Characteristics of Effective Learning and these are Playing and exploring, Active Learning and Creative and Critically Thinking.

The Early Years is split into 7 areas oflearning. We have Prime areas which are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Then there are Specific Areas which are Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. If you hav any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

 

Phonics and Maths Information Evening (18th September 2018) - here is the presentation for you to have a look at in your own time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.

 

Why not take a look at our Foundation Stage Prospectus to find out more.

In the Foundation Unit we have an excellent team. Mrs Holmes is the Reception teacher, Miss Brennan is the Nursery teacher. We have Mrs Leyson, Ms Harrison and Miss Timewell who are all Teaching and Learning assistants and Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Geoghegan who are Nursery Nurses. If you have any questions or worries please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.

Autumn 1 - Magnificent me!

This half-term our topic is 'Magnificent Me'. We are exploring  our new surroundings inside and outside using our five senses. We will spend time talking about oursleves, our interests, our families and all the things that make us unique! We have already been busy painting pictures of our faces and making paper plate faces for some wonderful displays! Take a look at the photos of our first few days in Reception and Nursery!

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Forest school fun!

Back in the woods! We have had a great time in our waterproof suits and wellies exploring the woodland area in many different ways, using all our senses! We have been finding and collecting natural objects and thinking of ways to describe them. We have looked at the edible garden and all the wonderful vegetables and fruit that are growing. We have been developing our imaginative play taking small dinosaurs on adventures in the woods! We loved getting messy with paint, mud and water and enjoyed using the woodland to make sounds. We can't wait for next time already! Have a look at the pictures to see just what we have been up to!

 

 

 

The children have really enjoyed this topic it has been fantastic! We have learnt about different parts of the world including where we live, the Arctic and Antarctica, Africa and the Rainforest. We enjoyed learning about the different climates and ways of life. The children enjoyed looking at the Polar Bears in the North Pole and the Penguins in the South Pole the most...remember they never meet!  

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Spring 1 - Happy and healthy

This half term we are thinking about all the ways we can keep fit and healthy. We will be talking about different types of food and which ones are good for our bodies. The children will be getting active during PE lessons and exploring ways to keep fit. We will also celebrate Chinese New Year!

More fun in the forest!

Reception Class Assembly

Comic Relief

We came to school dressed in red to raise money for Comic Relief. The children enjoyed lots of different activities including baking, face paint and making red headbands. 

Autumn 2 - What a Wonderful World!

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A Wriggly Nativity!

The children were excellent in our Christmas production. They told the story of the Nativity through some very catchy songs and dances! We are very proud of them all

We do a 'wake up shake up' every morning to make sure our brains and bodies are ready for learning. It is also part of our daily exercise to keep us fit and healthy! Have a look at one of our favourite ones below:
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Chinese New Year!

World Book Day 2019

Science week!

Science week! We carried out two experiments. The first was 'slippery slopes.' We set up 3 ramps at different heights and then tested different liquids to see which traveled the quickest and how the liquids travel. We tested shaving foam, oil, soap, washing up liquid, water and golden syrup. The children loved feeling the different liquids, exploring the textures and using some excellent describing words. We found that the water traveled the quickest and the steepness of the ramp helped the liquids travel.
Another experiment was floating and sinking. 
We tested lots of different objects to see whether they float or sink in the water. The children had some excellent ideas, predictions and explanations. Take a look at some of the photos to the left. 

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