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Early Years

Children arrive at Halam Church of England Primary School full of curiosity and it is our responsibility to provide a safe and secure place which allows them to explore and develop the skills and knowledge they need to acquire, to experience a lifelong love of learning. With a strong Christian ethos, we strive to support children’s personal development, as well as academic, in order that they should be able to live a ‘Life in all its fullness.’

Our Foundation Stage learning environment is vibrant and it offers exciting, challenging opportunities. We provide a wide range of indoor and outdoor opportunities that allow children to learn from a combination of independent play and exploration and adult focused tasks. Positive learning attributes are promoted and activities are purposefully planned to encourage independence, individuality and resilience, ensuring all children grow to respect and support each other irrespective of ability, race, belief or background.

Planning for children in the Foundation Stage is based on both the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ and the ‘Focus Learning Challenge’ scheme. The seven areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ (Communication and Language, Personal, Social, and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive arts and design) are woven together with the stimulating topics of the ‘Learning Challenge’ to underpin the activities and experiences children are offered. Opportunities to explore child led interests are also highly valued and swiftly acted upon.

Children enter our Foundation Stage class in the September of the academic year they turn 5. Their learning is tracked using the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ and their progress measured against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ at the end of their first year in school. Some children will exceed the goals and others will be working towards some or all of them. Monitoring each child’s progress is essential to ensuring they are making progress and any particular difficulties in any of the areas of learning can be identified and addressed. Monitoring includes observing the way children learn (The Characteristics of Learning) and playing alongside, as well as focused learning activities and challenges. Planning is adapted and evolves to accommodate each child’s needs, next steps and their learning styles.

We value the important role parents play in supporting their child’s progress and we strongly encourage their communication and participation.

School Day

Time Activity
08.50 Lining up in playground

Session 1 - Phonics, English Explore and investigate - continuous provision

10.30 Playtime
10.50 Session 2 - Maths Explore and investigate - continuous provision
12.00 Lunchtime
13.00 Session 3 - Topic Explore and investigate - continuous provision
14.30 Playtime
14.40 Session 4 - Topic Explore and investigate - continuous provision
15.20 Home time/Extended Provision

What Will My Child Learn?

Learning through Play, continuous enhanced provision alongside high quality direct teaching.

Characteristics of effective learning

• Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
• Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
• Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

Communication and Language
• Listening, Attention and Understanding
• Speaking

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Self-Regulation
• Managing Self
• Building Relationships

Physical Development
• Gross Motor Skills
• Fine Motor Skills

• Comprehension
• Word Reading
• Writing

• Number
• Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World
• Past and Present
• People, Culture and Communities
• The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design
• Creating with Materials
• Being Imaginative and Expressive

What Will My Child Need?

• School Uniform (school uniform, smart uniform, sensible black shoes and PE kit)

• Book bag- reading book, reading diary

• Water bottle, water only

• Named wellies in a bag

• Packed lunch, snack

• Sun hat, sun cream

• Waterproof coat, suitable clothes for the weather

Ready For School

• Dress self

• Put on coat and zip

• Put on shoes

• Going to the toilet and wiping own bottom

PracticeTaking turns, sharing and loosing sometimes too!

Listening; to stories, others talk and share own ideas

Have a go at new things

Please label everything!

Welcome Packs

• Data capture form

• Medical information form

• Uniform sheet

• Free school meals/Universal free school meals letter

• School milk letter

• School money

• Calendar dates

• Local visits form

• All about me