Early Years

Welcome to Early Years!

In Early Years we have two classes (Gold Class and Silver Class), who work and play together.

Gold Class is a Reception class of 30 incredible children led by Ms Del Corso and Silver Class is a Reception class of 30 equally incredible children led by Ms Dil-Afuz. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Early Years:Ms Catchpool, Ms Stewart, Ms Chapman and Ms Kladi. We work hard together to build a happy and engaging learning environment for everybody to thrive in and to have the best possible start to their exciting school learning journey.

Our topic for the Autumn term is Marvellous Me, Wonderful You and we will be learning about ourselves, our families and our greater community. We will explore how we are all special and unique and learn about our bodies and our senses. We will also find out about the people who help us in our community, what is their role and how they help us. Usually we would welcome parents coming in and talking with the children about their occupations and how they support their community through their jobs or volunteering activities. Given the current circumstances we cannot have guests in school, but we might be able to organise an online session or prerecorded viewing. Please speak to your class teacher if you are interested in recording yourself talking about your job in the community. 

This half term we will be focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional Development and starting with Phonics Letters and Sounds Phase 1, which is all about learning sound discrimination. Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2 in Autumn 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

 

General Information

You will receive weekly newsletters through Parent Mail outlining what we have covered during the week and how you can support children with consolidating their learning. Further information about the Early Years Curriculum will follow, once the children are settled into their new environment.

P.E. lessons will usually take place on Wednesdays mornings, and will either be outdoors or indoors, weather dependent. Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too.  PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit, velcro strap trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly! Under the current circumstances PE will predominantly be outside so please ensure your child has a complete kit with a tracksuit for colder days.

Children have a fruit snack and milk every day (the milk is available through Cool Milk and free for all children up until the age of 5, after which you will be asked if you wish to continue and contribute to the cost. Children should bring in their own water bottles to school and take them home daily to be cleaned.

If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email, in person (when possible) or come and find us!

 

Useful Information

YR long term planning overview 2020-21

Presentation from 29 September 2020:

Welcome to EY 2020-21