Early Years 2019 - 2020
We are always very busy and our learning happens in lots of ways. You will see us playing or is that what we are really doing?
For example some of us were fishing in the water. But what were we catching? Numicon pieces and matching them to the corresponding digit. We worked together to decide who had which piece and which number should match it. We listened to each other really carefully and helped each other to solve the problem and organise our catch!
In Early Years, we learn to become independent and think for ourselves. We learn to overcome problems and think how we would change things if we were to do them again.
Our mornings include a rolling snack which means we can eat when we feel hungry and then return to our work.
We have daily phonics sessions when we learn new letters and their sounds and then we use them in our reading and writing. We work hard on our number skills in a daily taught session and also in our own time in the Maths area.
The afternoons focus on learning about our world, history and geography. We have i-pads and interactive whiteboards in each classroom.
We always give new learners and visitors a friendly welcome, so come and see our exciting environment.
Things You Need to Know
School Opening Times School gates are opened at 8.45am please feel free to drop your child off any time between then and 8.55am when school starts. The gates will then be closed at 9.00am, if you arrive after 9.00 please head to the school office to sign your child in.
PE We do PE on Friday morning, please ensure that everything in your child's PE kit is named including pumps. It is also really useful if you could put in an extra pair of socks and pants just in case your child gets wet. All PE kits are sent home at half term but if you want to wash it more frequently then please take it home and return it on Monday.
Names Please check all clothing, water bottles, lunchboxes are clearly named. Names that are written onto labels may wash off during the year and may need checking regularly.
Nut & Kiwi Free School Please do not send your child to school with any food that contains nuts or kiwi fruit.
Water Bottles We encourage the children to bring a water bottle each day, please ensure it is only water. If your child is having a packed lunch please send a separate drink.
Parent Helpers We welcome parent helpers. We mainly use helpers to hear the children read. If you are interested in helping please speak to your child's teacher. To allow the children to settle we will welcome parents after October half term.
Mystery Reader A mystery reader can be a parent, guardian, relative, sibling or close friend etc. who can share a favourite or well liked book with the class. The role of the mystery reader is to remain anonymous until he/she enters the classroom. The day is supposed to be a surprise so even your own child cannot know that you will be reading to the class. We welcome Mystery readers any afternoons at 2.50pm. If you would like to be a mystery reader then please let your child's teacher know.
Stay and Play As a school we are always looking for new ways to include our parents in the everyday life of the school. There will be an opportunity for an hour every half term for you to visit us in our classroom. This will give you the opportunity to not only see your child in the school environment but also to see for yourself what life in Early Years is all about. This is not compulsory and we understand if you cannot make it but it would be lovely to see you if you can. The sessions will begin when you bring your child into school and last until 10 am. The dates for Stay and Play can be found in our entrance, the whole school newsletter and we will put a reminder in our own newsletter.
Class Assembly Your child will be involved in a class assembly once every half term. You will be notified of the dates on the whole school newsletter and our own Early Years newsletter.
Absence If your child is poorly please call or email the school office as early as possible, the answerphone system is available 24/7, call 01606 74164 option 1.
SRE (Sexual, Relationship Education) in Early Years
In Early Years, children will be taught;
To show a range of feelings when appropriate.
To be sensitive to the needs of others.
To form good relationships with adults and peers
To work as part of a group, taking turns and sharing fairly.
To consisder the consequences of their actions.
To understand that people have different needs, views, cultures and beliefs.
To interact with others, taking turns in conversations.
To manage their own personal hygiene.
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