Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)
The EYFS Staff
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff support the children as they embark on their learning journey through our school. Mrs Brogan and Miss Williams are the EYFS teachers. They are supported by Mrs Collinson, Mrs Richards, Mrs Sparey, Mrs Desando and Mrs Aravindan, the EYFS Teaching Assistants. PPA cover is provided by Mrs Davis in RLW fortnightly and Mrs Fox in RJB each week.
Summer Terms 2017 (April - July)
The children’s learning will be linked to different types of animals - pets, farm, jungle and mini beasts. The children will have opportunities to use money through play based scenarios, such as buying pets from a pet shop or inviting mini beasts to eat at the ‘Caterpillar Café’. Some teachers / teaching assistants will be bringing in their own pets to share with the children so that the children become aware of how we care for living things. We will be observing the growth of live caterpillars to help them learn about the life cycles of animals. We will learn some interesting animal facts about jungle animals and the children will be encouraged to find out more facts at home. We will also walk to St. James’ City Farm and have a visit from ZooLab to enhance the children’s learning.
Supporting your child at home
It is important that the children practise their digraph/trigraph* sounds and high-frequency words at home, at least five times a week, so that they can be recalled quickly. Children have word sets, captions and books to develop their reading skills too.
Most children are now ready to practise spelling the high-frequency words in their yellow packets from memory. This can be supported through the look, cover, write, check method the children use during their Early Morning Task activities in school.
Young children also need as many daily stories as an adult is able to read from a book, recall from their own childhood or even make up! This helps children to develop their listening skills and build an understanding of story structure. In addition, it fosters their imagination, as well as being an enjoyable experience!
Home learning books are sent home every Friday and are due back the following Tuesday.
* digraph: two letters together that make one sound, such as ‘ai’ in the word ‘rain’.
trigraph: three letters together that make one sound, such as ‘air’ in the word ‘fair’.
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