Welcome to Early Years

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child in to Early Years. Early Years is an exciting year where children learn through play, and begin to develop their confidence and independence. Learning is built around children’s interests; therefore topics are created to promote learning and inspire the children. Our class will be called RN [Reception/Neller].

Home learning:

Each week the children will take home reading books to share with you at home. Daily reading at home is so important and it’s a routine worth establishing as soon as the children start school. Once we start teaching phonics we will also send home a phonics book to help children develop their acquisition of sounds and spellings. A weekly ‘homework’ letter will come home, outlining what we’ve done that week, some ideas for activities to support at home, if you wish, and a heads up on what we will be learning next week. Attached to that letter will be a ‘WOW’ moment slip for you to complete at home and send into school with your child if anything significant has happened that you’d like to share with us. Occasionally, the children will be set a takeaway task which will be based around the current topic.

Other Information:

P.E will be on a Tuesday, so please could you ensure that the children have the correct kit in school on this day. . On Wednesday, the children will have music lessons taught by Mrs Moffat. Mrs Jackson will teach the class on Thursdays. Also, on Thursday there will be Spanish lessons taught be Mrs Robinson. Mrs Manning is the class teaching assistant and works full time in RN.

Assessment for learning:

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework outlines 7 areas of learning. This includes three prime areas of personal, social and emotional development, physical development, and communication and language. It also sets out specific areas of learning which include literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. All children are assessed against all areas of learning using Target Tracker. This system allows children, teachers and parents to assess progress in learning.

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