Reception - Ladybirds
Teachers - Miss R. Peterson and Miss T. Twining
Early Years Practitioner - Mrs K. Rayner
Early Years Practitioner - Mrs S. Milner
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
Children start their school journey at Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy, in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The unit has provision for Nursery children, who we call the Bumblebees and Reception children, who we call the Ladybirds.
Children can start in Nursery the term after they turn 3 years old. You can complete a ‘Registration of Interest’ form – available from the school office – as soon as your child is born! When your child is ready to start Nursery, we use this information to contact you to organise the transition process. Further information about funded places for 3 and 4 year olds, can be found following this link, Funded early education for three and four year olds - North Lincolnshire Council (northlincs.gov.uk)
Children can start in Reception during the academic year when they turn 5 years old; applications for starting school are made online Apply for a school place in North Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire Council (northlincs.gov.uk)
The Foundation Stage builds upon the children's previous experiences and learning within their own family and the wider community. We have a lengthy transition process that allows us to build strong foundations with you and your child, helping to create a happy and safe place for them to transfer to when starting their new journey in to school.
The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. A detailed read for parents/carers can be found What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed.pdf (foundationyears.org.uk)
Within the early years, three areas are fundamentally important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are called the prime areas:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
Our learning is largely based around play – ‘PLAY IS WORK AND WORK IS PLAY’. We aim to ensure children feel safe and happy to enable confidence, independence and the ability to learn and grow.
As a setting, we must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
It is our intention to encourage our children to become independent, resilient learners, who love to explore the world around them, seeking challenges through exploration and curiosity whilst showing a ‘can do’ attitude and ultimately developing a lifelong love of learning.
Religious Education is a core subject taught throughout our school, starting in the Nursery through to Year 6, and underpins the heart of our teaching. We are a Catholic school and teach the word of God using the ‘Come and See’ curriculum.
The topics we are following this half term are Myself and Welcome
Children must come to school wearing their P.E. kit on P.E. days. Details about the uniform for P.E. can be found on the Piota app or please ask the team for a copy of what children should wear.
Children in Nursery must wear a plain white t-shirt for P.E. with their P.E. uniform.
Nursery have P.E. on a Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
Children in Reception will be part of the main school house teams and will wear their house colour t-shirt. The class teacher will email you details of what colour house your child is in. Colour P.E. t-shirts can be purchased from Shah’s clothing shop.
Reception have PE on a Wednesday afternoon.
‘Imagine what a difference it would make if every child loved to read’
(Taken from www.earlyreadingconnects.org.uk)
All of the children in our early years setting benefit from the ‘North Lincolnshire Imagination Library Scheme’. We ensure through our transition process, that we have every family signed up. To further the enjoyment of the book, that the child receives FREE, every month to their home, we share exciting resources that include activities, via our online learning platform - ‘Tapestry'. These fabulous activity sheets are made by the North Lincolnshire Early Years Team. They are always welcoming feedback and any support linked to the Imagination Library. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further ideas about this amazing scheme.
How we implement the scheme in school:
The books are shared in school every month with enthusiasm and focus.
An Imagination Library table is placed in provision to promote the stories.
Our reading gardens encourage and promote a love of reading using a range of resources that may include: story stones, story teller’s basket, masks, puppets and props to engage children to re-tell the stories.
New vocabulary from the texts is introduced, modelled and displayed.
Playing in the reading gardens, promotes imaginative play, develops communication and language and embeds a repertoire of stories in the child’s memory, which can then be drawn upon when creating their own stories.
“Parental involvement in their child’s reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy.” (Bus, van Jzendoorn and Pellegrini,1995 – taken from www.earlyreadingconnects.org.uk)
Please continue to access Tapestry to ‘Like’ and read the fabulous Imagination Library ideas. We would also love for you to add your own observations to show the fun with reading, you have at home!
NURSERY – Bumblebees
Our theme this half term is ‘I am Special’. We will be helping the children to think about what makes them special. Through the R.E. topic - Myself, the children learn about how we all have a name and this name is an important part of making us unique and special.
We will also focus on the changing season – autumn. This will enable the children to think and talk about harvest time. We will be going on autumnal walks with the children to help them experience the changes to the world around them. If you are able to enjoy autumn walks together, we would love for you to share your adventures on Tapestry.
Children will be introduced to a love of words and numbers through songs and rhymes. Singing songs and rhymes at home is such an important way of supporting your child’s development in many areas of the early year’s curriculum. Nursery Rhymes and Songs - BBC Teach
RECEPTION – Ladybirds
Our theme this half term is ‘All about me’. We will build upon learning children have experienced in nursery and think in more detail about how we are each unique and special. We will think about the wonders of what our bodies can do, including learning about our 5 senses.
We will deepen the children’s knowledge of the changing seasons by encouraging them to think about how the world has changed since summer time – what changes does autumn bring? The children will enjoy an autumnal walk and have the opportunities to explore autumnal artefacts. We will teach the children about an artists called ‘Andy Goldsworthy’ and show them how he uses the great outdoors to create artwork – the children will become an artist like him and create autumnal faces!
English is a core subject taught throughout our school, starting in Reception through to Year 6. As a school, we use an English scheme called Read to Write. This half term the children will be introduced to this scheme using a story called ‘The Something’ by Rebecca Cobb – a glorious, imaginative adventure about how a little boy’s ball disappears down a mysterious hole in the garden! The little boy’s imagination goes wild thinking about what could be down there – a little mouse’s house, the lair of a hungry troll, or maybe even a dragon’s den – whatever it may be, he is determined to find out!
The English scheme allows children to develop a rich vocabulary and to learn how stories are developed. This half term we will introduce the children to the characters who help them learn about writing sentences and retelling stories.
Phonics and Reading Practice
Phonics is the understanding of letters and the sounds they make. It supports the development of early reading and writing.
In Reception, we teach Phonics using the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ curriculum. Please click on this link to find out more about how we teach this scheme with your child -Phonics and Reading.
Further information can be found on the parent page on the Little Wandle website - https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
This half term, your child will bring home a password to enable them to access a website used throughout school called Reading Eggs. This allows your child to have access to phonic activities.
Through our varied maths experiences our children will know:
Cardinality and counting helps children to know the quantity or ‘howmanyness’ of things
Comparison involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other
Composition helps children know that numbers can be made up from two or more smaller numbers
Subitising helps children to notice patterns and be able to see amounts without counting
Pattern helps children notice and understand ‘maths’ relationships
Shape and space helps children to know how we can move and combine shapes and develops thinking skills
Measures allows children to explore how we can find out about and compare length, weight and height
The children in Reception follow a scheme called White Rose Maths; this half term, the units of work are called ‘Getting to Know You’ and ‘Just Like Me! Advice and guidance for parents | White Rose Maths We also teach the children mathematical concepts using NCETM Mastery Maths.
During this half term, your child will be given a password that they will bring home to enable them to access an online website called Mathletics. This website gives your child access to learning opportunities that link to the areas we are teaching within school. Mathletics is used throughout the school and forms a part of your child’s homework when they move into Year 1.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
We look forward to working together with you and your child in the early years. Please remember we are always here to help and support you during this journey together.
Please remember to check Tapestry every week – if you have not yet accessed your account, a link has been sent. (Sometimes the link goes to the Junk box.) If you have not been able to access your account, please let a member of the team know asap. You can add observations to Tapestry and as your child’s first educator, these observations are crucial in helping us to build up a picture of your child’s progress.
Here are some additional useful websites:
North Lincolnshire Library -https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/schools-libraries-and-learning/libraries-in-north-lincolnshire/
Tiny Happy People -https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
Phonics Play - PhonicsPlay - Parent Information
Topmarks - Early Years - Topmarks Search