Welcome Back for the Spring Term!
We would like to welcome all our FS2 children and their families back to school for the New Year. We look forward to seeing how the little ones continue to grow, learn & explore.
We will continue to teach in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). This documentation sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.
Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time, we see our role as important partners to enable this development by carefully planning a mixture of adult and child led play and learning opportunities. On our page you will see a booklet called 'What to expect when', it has been written to help you as a parent/carer to know what to expect during these vitally important years. In this guide, your child’s first five years have been divided up into six age bands which overlap. This is because every child is different and children do not grow and develop at the same rate. It highlights what you might notice your child doing at these points.
Throughout each half term our EYFS professionals will work together to gather evidence of what your child can do in relation to developmental expectations. Staff will use these to then set further learning and challenge to ensure progress towards the end of year expectations (the 'Early Learning Goals'). These were shared at last terms parents evening. Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, creative and quality adult interactions to help their thinking. As mentioned in our parents workshop & parents evening we really value your out of school contributions towards these learning expectations. Please use our dojo message option to send us photos or comments explaining new skills & achievements your child is proud of. For example swimming certificates, writing the alphabet, growing vegetables, riding a bike without stabilisers &/or adding coins etc
Reading, writing & maths basic skills will be at the heart of our curriculum. Children will continue to work on phonics skills daily. Please try to recap sounds on your child’s desktop sounds chart on a daily basis and share stories. Ideally children should read some of their school reading book each day to an adult. We ask that they read at least three times per week. Please write the book title & a comment in their reading diary where they can earn dojo rewards & in turn reading badges when certain amounts are reached.
This term we will be asking ‘What’s behind the door?’ This will inspire learning linked to people who help us, allowing us to explore jobs and careers. Our ‘brilliant beginning‘ to launch the topic will be our educational visit to Little Town of Play. At Little Town children will be able to role play & be immersed in a play town of many different shops and buildings. Back in class we will link our visit & existing experiences to inspire learning in all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.
Another exciting development will be the construction of a new outdoor learning space for FS2 children. Building will start on the 13th of January to transform part of our outdoor area into a rich learning environment. This has been carefully planned in order to promote all areas of learning & development with maximum opportunities to be active.
PE will be on Wednesday morning, children will require black shorts & a white T shirt. It is really helpful if children can continue to work on dressing/undressing themselves and if parents can ensure all belongings are clearly labelled with children’s names.
After school clubs will commence on the second or third week back (see newsletters/texts). Parents continue to be welcome at our scheduled celebration assemblies on Friday mornings from 9.05.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact one of the EYFS team.
Mrs R Webster