Early Years Practitioner - Mrs K. Rayner
Teaching Assistant - Mrs N. Whitehead
F2 - Ladybirds and Dragonflies
Teachers - Miss R. Peterson and Mrs N. Begum
Early Years Practitioner - Mrs S. Milner
Teaching Assistant - Mrs A. Hussain
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 is divided into a Nursery (Bumblebees) and two Reception classes (Dragonflies and Ladybirds)
The Foundation Stage builds upon the children's previous experiences and learning within the family and wider community. The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are the prime areas:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
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.
Religious Education is a core subject throughout our school and underpins the heart of our teaching. We are a Catholic school and teach the word of God using the ‘Come and See’ curriculum. For more information about how we teach RE please click this link, Saint Augustine Webster (staugustinewebster.com)
The topics we are following this half term are Celebrating and Gathering.
The Catholic value for this half term is Respect.
Children must come to school wearing their PE kit on PE days.
Children in nursery must wear a plain white t-shirt for PE.
Nursery have PE on a Tuesday morning.
Children in reception will be part of the main school house teams and will wear their house colour t-shirt.
Reception have PE on a Friday 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 and sometimes stories told by the teachers, 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 introduced in school every month with enthusiasm and focus.
An Imagination Library table is placed in provision in both nursery and reception, to promote the stories.
Both nursery and reception have their own reading garden where we encourage 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-telling the stories.
New vocabulary from the texts is introduced, modelled and displayed. This vocabulary supports and extends a child’s language in an immersive way which is not intimidating for a child, particularly if English is an additional language for them.
Playing in the reading garden promotes imaginative play, communication and language and embeds a repertoire of stories in the child’s memory, which can 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
The children in Bumblebees enjoy learning through many play-based activities within an enriched indoor and outdoor provision, that is enhanced to follow the children’s interest throughout the school year. PLAY is the most important part of their education. PLAY is work and WORK is play.
Children are exposed to a range of stories, songs, rhymes and varied activities to develop key skills within their learning, at a pace that meets their individual needs.
One of our biggest focus areas for our children in nursery, is an enjoyment to talk and share their ideas. Being a confident communicator enables the children to develop in all areas of learning.
We will focus on our December Imagination Library book ‘Winter Wonderland’. We are looking forward to finding out what our January book will be. Remember to look on Tapestry for further activities to complete linked to the book.
RECEPTION – Dragonflies and Ladybirds
Lent 1 – ‘Superheroes’
Our children will deepen their awareness of what makes them special by thinking about their own super powers linked to our main book in English, ‘Juniper Jupiter’.
We will make links to winter and help the children to make comparisons to the seasons we have already experienced.
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.
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
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 the whole school scheme of work called ‘Power Maths’ with links to ‘White Rose Maths’.
This term we will complete the following Power Maths Unit of Work:
Unit 5 – Number bonds within 5
Unit 6 – Space
Unit 7 – Numbers to 10
Unit 8 – Comparing numbers within 10
Unit 9 – Addition to 10
Unit 10 – Measure; length, weight and height
Our children also have access to Mathletics, where they can access learning opportunities that link to the areas we are teaching within school. Children are given a password to access this website when they start in reception.
The children in reception follow the whole school scheme of work called ‘READ 2 WRITE’. Through this scheme the children learn to become storytellers, readers and writers with the help of the characters:
Wise Owl, Octopus Opening, Build-up Bear, Penguin Problem and Elephant Ending.
We begin every book with a ‘Jump in’ lesson where the children have an opportunity to explore an aspect of the story to spark an interest and excitement. We learn how to form sentences and how to create a storyboard. Our children work towards being able to retell simple stories. Our children learn how they can then make links to writing informative text such as a letter.
This half term, the book will be:
Here are lots of other books that will link to our vehicle text. Maybe you have some of these books at home?
Supertato Sue Hendra, Super Daisy Kes Gray, Superworm Julia Donaldson, Super Duck Jez Alborough, Eliot Midnight Superhero Anne Cottringer, Nat Fantastic Giles Andreae
The Jolly Postman Janet and Allan Ahlberg, The Day the Crayons Quit Oliver Jeffers, Can I Be Your Dog? Troy Cummings, Dear Teacher Amy Husband, Dear Greenpeace Simon James
Non-fiction: People who help us (Series) Rebecca Hunter
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