Early Years Foundation Stage
A warm welcome to all our children and families.
The curriculum we follow is called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This can be read here.
Information for parents and carers
- Please read our 'Settling into Lyndhurst' guide to get you started.
- You can find information about the EYFS curriculum and provision from birth to 5 at this website http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/
- What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a guide for parents is also helpful if you'd like to know more.
- 'What to expect, when?' will tell you which learning and development 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!
- Here is a list of free activities that parents and carers can do with their children at home. It can be read here.
- Choose your child's next book from this great list of recommended reads: Recommended Books for Reception
We had a fantastic half term exploring our topic ‘Can you tell a story?’. We started the half term with a wonderful story session by our fabulous TAs Mrs Long, Mrs McAvoy Smith and Mrs Taylor. Led by Mrs Long, they told the story of The Magic Porridge Pot to the spellbound children. Throughout the half term we explored different traditional tales including Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood; the children enjoyed getting to know the stories and being able to retell them themselves (‘Fee fi fo fum!’ rung out around the classrooms and corridors throughout the half term). Our forest school sessions with Mrs Eales were a highlight of the half term . We had a lot of fun exploring our surroundings, developing our maths skills and enjoying creating potions and delicious dishes in the mud kitchen. The children continued to enjoy PE, exploring how they can move and make shapes with their bodies through our gymnastics lessons. They continued to enjoy free flow where they are able to explore their learning in the classroom or in the different areas. We are very lucky to have the corridor, front playground and courtyard where, among many other activities, the children can have fun in the mud kitchen, investigate moving water, plant bulbs in our garden and role-play.
This half term our topic will be 'How does your garden grow?' We will explore different life cycles in nature. The children will be able to observe life cycles in action as we take care of caterpillars and through planting our own sunflowers and watching them grow. We will focus on new and exciting vocabulary that we can use in our own speech. We will continue to listen to different music thinking about how it makes us feel and joining in with singing different songs and rhymes. The children will also explore playing different musical instruments including boxed glockenspiels. In our maths work we will: explore the composition of numbers beyond 10; develop our counting skills; explore adding and subtracting; investigate how shapes can be combined and separated to make new shapes. Our PSED topic this half term is ‘Relationships’; we will be focussing on family and friends thinking about our roles in our families as well as how to make friends and be the best friends that we can be. The children will use the skills they learnt in Bikeability on our own balance bikes. We are very excited to have the Chelsea coaches back for PE this half term; we will continue to develop our ball skills, this time focussing on netball. We will explore the changing world around us as we move into another season in our artwork and continue to develop our modelling skills.
Each class will have the opportunity to go to the beach to learn about how to stay safe while we are having fun there. Keep an eye out for letters with further information about when your child's class is going.
Our trip to Pulborough Brooks on Wednesday 18th May will support and develop our learning. The children will go on a ‘Seasonal Sensory Walk’ where they will use their senses to explore the habitat to find out which season they are in and describe how the environment changes across the seasons while having lots of fun working together. They will also find out where minibeasts like to live and discover what’s special about minibeasts in the ‘Discovering land minibeasts’ session.
As we continue to grow together as a class we will make sure we are considering the feelings of others around us as well as our own feelings when making decisions. We will support each other to face new challenges in our learning encouraging each other to persevere if we find things tricky.
Please note all three Reception classes will have PE lessons on a Tuesday for Summer 1 half term.
In phonics, we are following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our meeting where we will give more information about this scheme and how you can support your child's learning at home.
You can find some phonic games to play with your children on these websites:
- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/InteractiveResources.htm (select phase 2 or 3)
Other helpful websites:
Find some counting games here: www.familylearning.org.uk/counting_games.html
Or here: ictgames.com/counting.htm (look out for the YR games)
Don't forget about Purple Mash and Espresso. Your child's log in details will be in their book bag or contact book. These website are great for home learning and to support your child in Literacy and Maths skills.