Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We love learning in Early Years! In both Nursery and Reception we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. There are 7 areas of learning which are divided into the prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design).
Project: Recently many of our children have shown a strong interest in the outdoors, and especially how plants, flowers and vegetables grow. In response to this our focus this term is “Let’s get growing”. This topic will allow us to develop an understanding of where our food comes from and how to care for living things and the environment, linking to our global theme of Sustainability. Through the story of the little Gardner by Emily Huges the children will embark on a project to get the rest of the school growing vegetables in the school allotment, developing the skill of finding and using knowledge for the greater good of the community.
Maths: This half term we will be exploring the concept of size, length and quantity through many exciting activities relating to the gardening and growing. We will use real life situations such as how many seeds to grow, how large things will grow and weighing out enough soil. A visit from a local greengrocer will give us the opportunity to further practice our weighing and counting skills as we buy produce to make vegetable soup.
Role play- The Nursery role play den has been converted into a greenhouse and garden center. This will give children the opportunity to explore a variety of fruit and vegetables, and practice their early reading and maths skills as they price up and sell produce.
ART- This term the children will be building on the skill of printing, cutting and sticking as they use vegetables to create pictures and patterns. We will also be using vegetable’s in creative ways such as dying material and create trainset great with vegetable’s.
Tips- This term we are planning a trip Shooters hill Farm. Here we will have the opportunity to learn about planting, how things grow and where they grow. As we are at the Farm we will also be taking a look at the animals and link this with our learning about how things grow.
Project: This term we will be reading a range of books related to Human Rights such as, ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil and Dreams of Freedom’. Children will learn that we have rights and that sometimes our rights are taken away. They will learn about fair and unfair and the importance of speaking up for your rights. Children will reflect on the struggle of Malala, a girl fighting to go to school. Children will have a variety of role-play areas across the three classrooms focusing on rights.
Maths: This term the children will develop their number skills looking at counting forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond as well as ordering and finding missing numbers. Children will also be working on their bonds to 10 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children will have opportunity to look at money and use this in their classroom play as well as opportunities to halve and share. Finally we will complete the term exploring data in the forms of tally charts and bar graphs.
Art: In art, we will be cutting out stencils to use on our placards. Please come along to the playground to hear us using our voices to be champions of positive messages. Our teachers will send out a letter nearer to the time.
Finally, the big news in Reception is our amazing new role play corners! Each class represents different rights.
In Maple, there is “The Right To Be Safe” – a police station.
In Walnut, there is “The Right TO Learn” - a classroom.
In Chestnut, there is “The Right To Be Looked After” – a hospital.
Please come into the classrooms and take a look at the amazing provision for learning that we have to play and imagine in every day
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Throughout the year the Reception children will be attending education visits. The details of the trips will be sent to you separately nearer the time. Please see your child’s class teacher if you are interested in supporting us.
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Please click here to read the statutory framework for the Key Person Approach.
If you need anymore information about the Foundation stage, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Miss Williams, our Foundation stage phase leader.