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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

A warm welcome to all our new children and families.

 

The curriculum we follow is called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This can be read here:

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

Information for parents and carers

  • Please read our 'Settling into Lyndhurst' guide to get you started.
  • Further information to support the children's learning can be found in our newsletter.
  • You can find information about the EYFS curriculum and provision from birth to 5 at this website http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/
  •  A Parent's Guide to the EYFS here is also helpful if you'd like to know more.  
  • 'What to expect, when?' will tell you which learning and develoment stages the children go through from birth to five. It will also give you ideas and tips for how to help you child with their learning at home and may be particularly useful if your child has younger siblings. Read it here!
  • Last year, we had a great afternoon with our parents and carers at our '6 weeks in' meeting. Together, we created a list of free activities that parents and carers can do with their children at home. This can be read here.We would love you to join us at our '6 weeks in' meeting on Wednesday 19th October too. We will send you an invitation and reply slip for this.
  • WOW cards for sharing your child's achievements at home are here! We love to share them!

 

Autumn Term 2016

All of Reception took part in International Dot Day!

 The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

The children developed their skills through their own interests and the teachers were able to observe the children's achievements. Here is our newsletter for this half term.

The children have been excited by the Letterland characters in their daily phonics session and have chosen this as their learning journey for the second half of Autumn Term. The children dressed up for Letterland Day and their parents did a marvellous job of preparing their costumes!

Click here to read the skills we'll be covering this half term. Cick here to see who's who in Letterland!

Here's how you say the sounds. Take extra note of l, m and n! They may sound different to how you'd expect!

 
 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2015

Welcome to all our families - old and new!  Our first parent newsletter: Welcome newsletter

This term we have started with getting to the know the children and helping them learn the school rules and routines. Here is our 'settling in ' planner: Settling in planner 2015

We have also been observing which skills the children demonstrate in their play as part of our baseline assessments. These are some of the activities we've provided to encourage the children to show off their skills:

As you can see, we been having a lot of fun engaging in a variety of activities such as the mud kitchen, small world, role-play, gardening and we've been developing our fine motor skills too - just look at the girls using tweezers to take seeds out of the sunflower head!

Autumn Term 2 2015

A spaceship crash landed outside the school and we helped the aliens learn about life on Planet Earth! We even told them about the nativity in our play, Christmas With The Aliens.

Spring Term 1 2016

We started the term with the discovery of some strange objects... 4 large eggs in a nest! The National Museum of Strange Objects was very interested about what was inside the eggs.  We worked with them and the Police to help them find clues and solve the mystery!

Spring Term 2 2016

There was a lot of excitement in the Reception classes because we hatched our own eggs in an incubator. The children could watch the eggs from home too because we set up a webcam.

Summer Term 1 2016

We had a fabulous start to the term with  CBeebies' Rhyme Rocket coming to develop our rhyme and phonics skills!

      

 
We also developed our skills through our own interests and by learning about the farm. We went on a school trip to Fishers Farm where we learnt about the different animals, crops and vehicles!
 
 

Summer Term 2 2016

We enjoyed outdoor learning in Summer 2 - forest schools, beach schools, sports day and a sponsored run for charity. We also had visitors in 'All About Me' week, including the dental hygiene nurse who taught us how to brush our teeth properly and Lewis Crathern, professional kitesurfer who used to come to Lyndhurst!

The children have started their daily phonics sessions. We follow the order in a document called 'Letters and Sounds' but use the resources from the 'Letterland' series. The children absolutely love the characters and their stories and each letter is taught with its character, story, action, song and game. Information about the characters and their actions can be found in the front of your child's contact book.                                             

More information can be found on the letterland website www.letterland.com/parents

 

The songs for each character can be found here:

http://www.letterland.com/documents/pdf/Alphabet-Songs_Lyrics.pdf

 

A poster of the characters can be found here:

http://www.letterland.com/documents/pdf/Who%27s%20Who%20in%20Letterland.pdf

 

There are some video links on Youtube but these are not regularly checked by the school, so please watch the links with your child so they don't access other content.

 

You can also find some phonics games here: www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

or here: phonicsplay.co.uk/InteractiveResources.htm (select phase 1 or phase 2).

You could even visit the alphablocks here: www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/alphablocks/

                                                  

Special Visitors

We love having visitors come into the classroom and share their firsthand experiences!

                                                                                 

Fire fighters

We learnt about all the different types of emergencies the fire fighters have to go to. We looked around the fire engine and even got to sit in it!  Mrs Cramer got to try the uniform on. She said it was very heavy!

 

             

Mathematics

 

In maths, we will be:

  1. searching for shapes in the environment; naming and describing them
  2. sorting objects by colour and other properties e.g. all the boats in one group, the cars in another group and the trains in a different group.
  3. practising counting 3, then 6, then 10 objects accurately and extending this to 20 and beyond (when the children are ready)
  4. counting to twenty and back again
  5. reading numbers to 10, then 20
  6. singing counting rhymes such as 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little ducks went swimming one day, 1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive...
  7. comparing groups of objects using the words 'more', 'less' and 'same'

Find some counting games here :www.familylearning.org.uk/counting_games.html

Or here: ictgames.com/counting.htm (look out for the YR games)