Our current 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.
This term we are learning about ‘Myself and My Family’.
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.
F2 (Reception) children participate in daily Topic lessons, which focus on speaking and listening skills , cooperation, concentration and early writing development and daily maths lessons, which promote early counting, number recognition, an understanding of the number system as well as addition and subtraction. Each day there is also phonics and reading sessions, that allow children to hear, identify and use sounds to read and write words and simple sentences.
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 them to learn in different ways and on different scales, have first-have experience with the natural world and to become physically active.
In the Early Years, we set home learning tasks to support the children in consolidating the learning that we have done at school during the week and to enable parents to be part of their child’s learning journey
Home school learning in EYFS consists of:
Home School Reading Books – 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 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 books.
Common ‘Look and Say’ Words – To support children’s reading development, children are issued 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.
‘Be the Bookworm’ - As part of sharing books regularly at school we ask the children to bring in a favourite book from home to share with their class. The children can talk about their book in front of the group and help to tell the story with the teacher.
Tapestry Tuesday – As part of developing children’s speaking and listening skills and their confidence, we set practical, skill based weekly tasks for the children to complete at home. We ask parents to upload the children completing these tasks on our online Tapestry Journal so that we can share these with the class. Every Tuesday we will look at what the children have done and enable some children to talk to the class about this.