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 Miss Catchpool. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Early Years: Ms English and Miss Thurston. 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 2 term is Magical Moments and we will be learning all about special celebrations from around the world. We start the half-term with Halloween, Bonfire night, a festival of lights; and Diwali. Later in the term we will learn of Hanukkah and Christmas. We will learn about different beliefs, how people celebrate, where are the special places they celebrate, and what foods people eat during celebrations around the world. We will also look at the seasonal changes that are occurring around us. 

This half-term we will be focusing on understanding the world and other cultures. Before the the end of Autumn 1 we started our Phonics Programme with Floppy’s Phonics. We will continue with Level 1+ Floppy’s Phonics, which is the beginning of learning letters and their corresponding sounds. This phase of Phonics concentrates on developing children’s knowledge and understanding of certain single letters, recognising those letters to support children with reading by blending the sounds together and recalling those letters when children segment sounds in words to start writing. In maths we will be representing and comparing values and numbers, understanding the composition of numbers, e.g. that five is made up of five ones; five is made up of a two and a three, or two twos and a one etc. We will also be learning to subitise numbers to five, learning to use a fives frame, understanding one more and one less than a given number, and exploring shapes with four sides.

There will be a virtual curriculum workshop for parents on Wednesday 9th November. Further information will be available in the first Friday Newsletter this half-term. If you did not manage to join the meeting a copy of the slides will be attached under Useful Information below.

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 Monday mornings, and will either be outdoors or indoors. 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 (top and bottoms), velcro strap trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly! 

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 named 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 or come and find us!

Useful Information

YR long term planning overview 2022-23

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Penpals – Example letter formation before joining

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Early Learning Goals

EY Curriculum Workshop 2022

Helping your child with Reading at home

What to expect in the EYFS – A guide for Parents