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Emerald class
Class Teacher: Mrs Strachan
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Beech

Ruby Class
Class Teacher: Miss Brooks, Mrs Tatham-James
Teaching Assistant: Miss Barnett

Amber Class
Class Teacher: Miss Arthurs
Teaching Assistant:Mrs Powel

Term 1 Curriculum Overview

Term 1

Emerald, Ruby and Amber Class have been learning about traditional tales this term. We have been exploring our inside and outside learning environment during free flow.

We started with The Gingerbread Man, we had lots of fun baking our own gingerbread men and decorating them. We went into the hall and the chef taught us how to make them really delicious.

 

We focused on our numbers to ten, we ordered Gingerbread Men and identified the numbers on Gingerbread Men. It was a busy week.

The Three Little Pigs was our next traditional tale. We built houses of straw, stick and bricks. Then we tested our houses to see if the Big Bad Wolf could blow the house down. We started our Read Write Inc sounds this week and began writing and reading sounds all around our learning environment.

 We acted out the story and sequenced pictures from The Three Little Pigs. Georgia’s favourite part of the story was then the sneaky wolf climbed onto the roof of the house of bricks. We made our own stew for The Three Little pigs cutting up vegetables and mixing it all together. We even made repeating patterns printing with the vegetables.

Finally we read The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been busy building bridges and creating rafts for the Billy Goats to get across the river. The Troll even came to visit us in our classroom. He made a mess in our role play area because he was looking for food, he left us and letter asking for help to make some goat surprise.

 

 

Last week the children in EYFS were looking at the story, The Gingerbread man. We retold the story through role play in the classrooms and outside area, we created the house from the story in the wrokshop area and on Friday we were lucky enough to go into the school kitchen with the new chef from Pabulum and make our own Gingerbread men.

 

Chef Quentin showed us what ingredients we needed and then he mixed it all together.

We then had a piece of dough each to roll out and cut out our Gingerbread Man shape.

 

In the afternoon we decorated our Gingerbread Men and wrapped them up to take home.

A big thank you to Chef for a wonderful experience.


Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children are assessed throughout the year against 17 Early learning goals. The expectation is for children to be working within these Early Learning Goals at the end of their first year at school, to ensure they are ready for the progression into the National Curriculum in year 1.In the early years, teachers teach to the children's interests. We offer a play based curriculum in a safe and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to use the inside and outside learning environment on a daily basis, to become independent learners.

The 17 Early Learning Goals include:

Personal Social and Emotional Development:

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-confidence and Self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development:

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language:

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Literacy:

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics:

  • Numbers
  • Shape Space and Measure

Understanding of the World:

  • Peoples and communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Exploring using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

 To encourage children to become independent readers and writers we have a huge emphasis on Phonics in the early years. To support this we follow the Read Write Inc programme written by Ruth Miskin. 

Read Write Inc Programmes

These sessions are fun and interactive for all children and continue into Key Stage 1.

 

End of Year Expectations
 

Expectations for the end of Early Years

 

Parental Partnership

To make transition into school as easy as possible for children and parents we have worked very hard to ensure positive relationships between school and home.At Westlands Primary school we recognise that parents are the childrens first and influential educators.

 

Transition into school

In the summer term before your child starts school we hold open mornings for parents and children, this is followed by an evening meeting where parents/carers are given the opportunity to meet Senior Leadership, the SENCO and the teachers and teaching assistant that will be working with your son/daughter. During this evening you are able to sign up for a Home visit, where the teacher and teaching assistant associated with the class your child will be in, come and meet with you in a familiar environment. In the term before the children start school we invite them in for a morning to see their new surroundings and meet their teacher and TA.

During term 6 teachers will also be out and about visiting children at their nursery, parents/carers are welcome to be present on these visits.

 

Stay and Play Sessions

Once the children are fully settled into school, we offer stay and play sessions. The idea of these is for parents/carers to come into the classroom and spend the last hour of the day learning alongside their son/daughter. This is a great way for you to see how the children have settled into their new routines and see how they have become independent learners.   

 

Parent swimming sessions

As we are very lucky to have a swimming pool at the school we offer parent and child swimming sessions once a term. This allows children to become familiar with the swimming pool and gain water confidence before they start having swimming lessons in year 1.  Parents/carers are expected to get into the swimming pool with their child but there will be trained staff, poolside.

 

Library Sessions

We like to offer Library sessions for you and your children every other week starting in term 3. The idea of these if for you to come and collect your son/daughter at 2:50 and take them to the school Library with a member of EYFS staff, where you can choose a story and share it together. We feel this is a real positive experience for children as they love to share a story with their family.