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 have had a wonderful start to the Autumn Term getting to know each other through our topic 'Who Am I'. The children love 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 we had a great time in Bikeability sessions run by West Sussex County Council. The children had a great time manoeuvring the bikes around the playground markings, playing games and even rolling down the hill on their balance bikes. It was wonderful to see how they all grew in confidence over the week.
Next half-term our topic will be 'How Do We Celebrate?' We will explore celebrations such as Harvest, Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas thinking about how people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways. The children will create art to express all the exciting things we see and hear at this time of year. We will have fun learning about poetry using exciting words to describe fireworks. The children will listen to and share lots of different books such as The Gingerbread Man, Same Same But Different and Julian is a Mermaid. 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. Outside we will explore how the change in season is affecting the world around us; we will talk about what we can see, feel, smell and touch at this time of year. In our maths work we will continue to explore the composition of numbers to 10, develop our counting skills, compare numbers and subitise. The children will use the skills they learnt in Bikeability on our own balance bikes. They will continue to have a PE lesson each week. As we 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.
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.