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Wainscott Primary School

EYFS- Ladybird, Butterfly and Dragonfly Classes

Wainscott EYFS Curriculum Intent

Intent
At Wainscott EYFS, we offer a curriculum rich in memorable experiences which widen our children’s world, inspire them and provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to build the firm foundations upon which the rest of their education and future is successfully based. 

We believe that a language-rich environment helps to build children’s language and communication skills effectively. The prime areas of learning are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive, regardless of their background, circumstances or needs.

In our EYFS, a balance of adult directed and uninterrupted child initiated play ensures the best outcomes for pupils. Warm and positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents are also key. Staff reflect on and respond to the different ways that children learn, enabling them to develop and practise the skills necessary to become ‘good learners’.
We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We work hard to provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities, promotes language development, challenge, exploration, adventure and a real love of learning - a place where children feel safe and secure to think critically, be creative, take risks, develop and apply their learning and be resilient.

It is our intent that all children develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally in an environment which values all cultures, communities and people and fosters tolerance and understanding. We aim for our children to be happy, confident and independent, to believe in themselves and interact positively with others.

 

Implementation:

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. However, development depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. These underpin all learning within our EYFS:

  • Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. Practitioners foster the characteristics of effective early learning:  Playing and exploring • Active learning • Creating and thinking critically.

 

Our curriculum is inclusive, widens our children’s experiences, builds upon previous knowledge and involves activities and first-hand experiences for children through all seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are inter-woven throughout our curriculum and environment.

The three Prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The four Specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Pupils learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. The timetable is carefully structured so that, as well as uninterrupted child-initiated play to allow time to explore, create, master skills and apply learning, children have daily directed teaching in English, maths and phonics. The children also have regular small group or one-to-one work with an adult to develop their skills and understanding and work on their next steps.

The curriculum is taught through topics which are enriched with classroom enhancements, trips and visitors. These topics inspire children and widen their experiences - exposing them to exciting new ideas, worlds and cultures. Topics are supported by quality key texts. These are chosen carefully to encourage children's speech, language and communication development and interweave the specific areas of learning within them. All planning, however, is flexible and responsive to children’s needs and interests. As children grow older, there is a greater focus on teaching the essential skills and knowledge in the specific areas of learning.

In Wainscott EYFS, we work as a team to care for and support all children’s learning. This means that our differentiated curriculum runs through Nursery and Reception, with all adults aware of our intent, as well as of the needs of all children. We operate a ‘free-flow’ system, so children are able to play and learn across the whole unit and with all other children. This encourages independence and confidence and enables children to learn with and from a wide variety of different people who will respond to and interact with them in different ways. It also ensures a smooth transition from Nursery to Reception and offers a clear progression in learning.

We understand the importance of parental engagement and believe that our parents have a crucial role to play in their children's education. We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school.  Parents receive termly newsletters to inform them of what their child is learning and to explain how they can support this at home. They are also invited to workshops, to help develop their own subject knowledge and understanding of how children learn. They are also encouraged to take an active part in their child’s learning through regular stay and play sessions, as well as through regular interaction with our online learning journal, ‘Tapestry’. Through this, they are provided with regular updates and next steps in their child’s learning, as well as giving them an opportunity to share their child’s successes and experiences at home.

Whether it’s during adult directed tasks or during play, our EYFS staff are expected to focus on supporting and extending children’s learning in the moment, which in turn enables them to gain a deep understanding the children they’re working with. We carefully notice and listen, focusing on high quality assessment that helps us to understand every child - their interests, who they are as an individual, their difficulties and obstacles and when they might need extra help. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year.

Impact
Our curriculum and its delivery ensure that children make strong progress from their own starting points, both academically and socially - developing a sense of themselves, others and the wider world. Rich experiences inspire children to want to learn broaden their horizons and experiences. They form strong relationships with adults and their peers and develop the core skills they need to become ‘good learners’ – to be able to sit and listen, to take turns and find compromise; to be able to communicate effectively with others; they build firm foundations in reading, writing and maths; they develop their characteristics of effective learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations, making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Our children are confident to take risks and are resilient. They are curious about the world, creative in their thinking and tolerant towards others. They are happy and independent and have begun to learn and master the skills they will need to build a successful future.


Our curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure relevance and to ensure the voices of our pupils, parents, staff and governors are heard.      

                                                        Miss Hatfield Butterfly Class Teacher/EYFS Lead
Miss Sultana Dragonfly Class Teacher
Miss Wilson Butterfly Class Teacher-Monday and Tuesday
Miss Atkins EYFS TA
Miss Layton EYFS TA
Mrs Nicolaou EYFS Teacher
Miss Greenway EYFS TA
Miss Benjafield Nursery Practitioner/Room Leader
Miss Ally Nursery Practitioner
Miss Paulicelli

 

 

If you require any further information, or would like to discuss your child’s learning. Please make an appointment via the school office.

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TERM 6 TOPIC: WET & WILD

These are the texts that will be supporting our learning this term: 

 

NURSERY  RECEPTION

 

EYFS Newsletter Term 6 2021

Term 6, Week 3

Welcome to our final term! We can’t quite believe we are in the final term! What a year it has been …

 

This term in literacy, we began our topic of ‘The Seaside’. Reception began the term by reading an information text all about the sea. They looked at photographs of the seaside in the past and present and thought about similarities and differences. The children learnt about how to stay safe at the beach and also looked at each other’s photographs of them at the seaside. During week two, the children read ‘Mr Seahorse’ and thought about why they love their daddy and what their daddy does for them that amazes them. The children created Feather’s Day cards and wrote inserts for their daddy’s. This week, the children read ‘The Storm Whale’ and read an extract from a diary entry. Then, they created their own diary entries. The children also created freeze frames from some of the scenes of the story and thought about how the characters were feeling at different points in the story. Later in the week, the children used musical instruments to recreate the sounds that might have been heard during a storm in the story. They also enjoyed painting pictures of whale and sea, thinking about colour mixing and creating different effects and textures.

In maths, Reception began the term by learning about the meaning of estimation. The children estimated how many objects they could see and then counted the objects to check if their estimation was correct. They also estimated the length of objects, for example if the giraffe is 6 blocks tall, how many blocks tall might the elephant be? The children also recapped teen numbers, using Numicon to show the 10 and ones. They also ordered teen numbers, thinking about the pattern of numbers and showing that each number is one more than the number before. During week 2, the children practised adding two amounts together to find a total amount, by putting the first number in their head and counting on. The children used Numicon to practise adding and began to add using a number line, counting on from the first number. This week, the children progressed onto practising subtraction, by counting back on fingers. For example, first I made 5 ice creams. Then I sold 2 ice creams. Now I have how many left?

Come rain or shine, the children have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning.

Reception have been very lucky to begin their Forest School learning in the Nature area with Mr Hayward.

Nursery have also enjoyed exploring the nature area, especially in the pouring rain. Waterproofs and wellies on and singing rain songs like 'it's raining, it's pouring'. We also took snack and bubbles over there one week for the children to try and catch.

In Nursery, our books have been about water/sea. We have separated animals into groups, including which ones live in the sea and which ones live on the land and any animals that may live in both. We spoke about how we would get to the sea and what transport we would need. Then we spoke about how we would see the animals in the sea.

In Nursery, the children all did really well using the climbing frame in the hall and exploring different ways to reach the top. We have also played ring games like sandy girl/boy and duck duck goose as well as physical games such as the traffic light game.

The EYFS Team

Term 5, Week 6 

 

This term has flown by! It is hard to believe that there is just one more term left until the end of the school year.

 

This term, we have been learning all about Minibeasts. In particular, we have been learning about butterflies, caterpillars, spiders, ladybirds and crickets and reading stories about them. The children have shown a huge interest with our Minibeasts topic. A few weeks ago, the children received a mysteriously small package with a miniature letter attached to it. Once we had read the letter (using our visualizer as the font size was so small) we found out that there were 5 caterpillars inside the box. The children were so excited to have our very own caterpillars to look after. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making daily observations of the caterpillars. Recently, the caterpillars have turned into cocoons so there is a lot of excitement within the EYFS unit! It is also lovely to see that so many of the children have been looking after their own caterpillars at home, the children have loved sharing updates and pictures from Tapestry with their peers.

 

We took a trip down to the nature area to see what types of Minibeasts we could find. We were only able to find a few Minibeasts however the children had so much fun climbing trees, balancing on the log seats and discovering new routes and paths in our nature area. As of next term, we are very much looking forward to starting weekly Forest School sessions with Mr. Hayward, our Forest School leader.

As part of our learning in Maths, we have been looking at doubling, halving, money and sharing. We have been using our knowledge to solve problems. For example, if I have 10 oranges and I need to share them equally with a friend, how many oranges do we need to have each to make it fair? To support your child at home with sharing, you could get your child to have a teddy bears picnic and share food items out equally. To support your child at home with learning about money, you could encourage your child to make a shop. All you will need is some objects, price tags and some coins.

 

 

The children have made so much progress with their reading and writing this term. The children have had lots of opportunities to show off their writing, we have written clues for our secret Minibeasts, re-telling stories, describing Minibeasts and writing about what we have ate. To further support your child with their writing at home, it would be great for them to practice their letter formation, we follow the Read Write Inc letter formation patter which helps the children to form their letters correctly by saying the different captions out loud. Thank you for your continued support with reading with your child regularly at home, this makes such a huge impact on your child’s reading.

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term break. We are looking forward to a fun and busy term ahead!

 

The EYFS Team

 

Term 5, Week 3

 

We have had a great start to term 5!

 

In phonics, Reception have been using Jolly Phonics songs and actions and have been learning phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. The children have been learning what these sounds look like and have been practising letter formations. As well as writing the letters on whiteboards, the children have been practising by writing the letter on their hands, in the air, on their partner’s backs and in sand and glitter trays.

 

This term in literacy, we began our topic of ‘Minibeasts’. Reception began the term by learning about different types of minibeasts and their features. The children were very excited to design their very own minibeast! They had to draw a picture of their minibeast and write facts about it. The children had to think about how many legs they had, their colour, how they moved, where they lived and how they protected themselves. During week 2, the children read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and wrote their own food diary, thinking about what they ate for breast, lunch and dinner the previous day. The children discussed whether the foods they had eaten were healthy or unhealthy. This week, the children had to choose a minibeast and write clues about their minibeast, for example: It has six legs, it has black spots, it is red and it can fly. The children had great fun trying to guess the clues and work out each other’s secret minibeasts. Later in the week, the children learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly. We discussed movements for the different parts of the life-cycle (e.g. how does a caterpillar move? How does it move when making its cocoon?) The children listened to music and created a class dance around the life-cycle of a butterfly.

 

In maths, Reception children began the term by recapping 2D and 3D shapes. They sorted 2D shapes according to different criteria (e.g. 3 corners / 4 corners; 4 sides, 1 side; curved sides, straight sides). The children also made pictures using 2D shapes, for example: a triangle roof, rectangle door, square windows and a circle door bell. The children identified 3D shapes and sorted these shapes according to different criteria (e.g. curved faces/ flat faces; corners (vertices) / no corners; square faces / not square faces, etc.). They were challenged to find real life 3D shapes around the classroom and match them to the correct shape. During the second week of term 5, the children recapped adding by finding how many there are altogether. They were also introduced to adding by counting on. We have taught the children to do this by: representing the first quantity with a numeral and the second with objects. Model putting the first number in your head and counting on to find out how many there are altogether. This week, the children were introduced to subtraction. We have taught the children to do this by: using number line to count back by crossing off the number that is being subtracted.

 

This term the children have enjoyed some wonderful learning experiences outside.

Term 5 -  Topic of Mini-beasts

Here are the the texts we will be using to support our learning

 

Nursery  Reception

 

EYFS Newsletter Term 5 April 2021

EYFS Newsletter Term 4 February 2021

Term 4 -  Topic of Traditional Tales

Here are the the texts we will be using to support our learning

 

Nursery  Reception

 

EYFS Term 4 Week 3

 

All the children in EYFS enjoyed celebrating World Book Day both at school as well as at home. The children were all set a challenge to decorate a potato and transform it into their favourite story book character. 

 

All the children had an opportunity to decorate a potato and turn it into their favourite storybook characters.




 

 

We were also really lucky to have a virtual Author visit from Saviour Pirotta, the children at school and at home were all able to join the Teams session. Saviour Pirotta read to us the his story 'The Unicorn Prince' which was also our focus book for the week. 
 




Following on from our storytelling session, the children in Reception received a special letter from Princess Annis who had asked the children to help her make some homes for the fairies. The children decided that the nature area would be a great home for the fairies so we headed over there and to our amazement the fairies had moved in! The children were all so surprised! 
 

What a great term it has been! It was lovely to welcome all of the children back this term. The children were so excited to come back to school and loved seeing all of their friends again! It was lovely to have some normality back! We are SO SO proud of our EYFS children (and parents) for working so hard at home.

In phonics, Reception have been using Jolly Phonics songs and actions and have been learning phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. The children have been learning what these sounds look like and have been practising letter formations. As well as writing the letters on whiteboards, the children have been practising by writing the letter on their hands, in the air, on their partner’s backs and in sand and glitter trays.

 

This term in literacy, we began our topic of ‘Fairytales’. Reception began the topic by thinking about Mother’s Day. They read the book ‘I love my mummy’ and made Mother’s Day cards. The children thought about why they love their mummy and all the special things their mummy does for them. Then, the children read ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They arrived in the classroom on Monday morning to find some giant foot prints, some magic beans and a golden egg lying around in the classroom. They thought about who could it be and what should we do. The children read a letter from the giant to Jack, saying how upset he was about what Jack had done. Then, they wrote a letter back to the Giant from Jack saying how sorry he was. Later in the term, the children read ‘George and the Dragon’. We discussed fears and what it means to be brave. Then the children wrote about their own fears.

 

In maths, Reception have focussed on number. The children began the term by learning how to double numbers to 5. The children learnt that they needed to add the same number twice to double a number. Then, the children were introduced to teen numbers. They practised counting from 10-20 and ordering teen numbers. They had to think very carefully about what the number looked like and the formation of the number. Later in the term, the children learnt about 2D shapes. They learnt the name the shapes, how many sides the shapes have (curved or straight), and how many corners the shapes have. The children also sorted the shapes based on their properties, for example curved sides and straight sides and corners and no corners. They also went on a 2D shape hunt around our classroom. The children had to explain what shapes they could find and explain how they knew it was that shape; for example: I know it’s a triangle because it has 3 sides. They also practised making 2D shapes using matchsticks.

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