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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage 2019 - 2020

Welcome to EYFS(3)

Introduction

Mrs Bailey would like to welcome you to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

During the year, we will use book based topics to cover each of the areas of the EYFS curriculum. This will be achieved through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. 

PE is on a Tuesday but PE kits need to be brought into school on the first day of each term. At the end of each term, PE kits will be sent home for washing and for you to be able to check everythng still fits your child.

There are lots of additional things that happen each term. A few examples of this are: visitors, local school trips, the Nativity and a singing festival.

Homework

The children are expected to read and change their books on a daily basis. 

A reading box is sent home to reinforce the sounds learned in school and to practise blending words, such as pan, net, pig, dot and mug.

The children will also choose a picture book to share with you to develop their knowledge of stories and information books.

The children have 'Me, My Family, My World' books. These will be sent home with a short task to complete. 

Siena Class

Key Dates

Tuesday 10th September - Open Evening

Thursday 26th September - European Languages Day

Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday 3rd October - Parents' Evenings

Monday 21st October - Art Week

Monday 11th November - Anti-Bullying Week

Friday 29th November - Siena Class Assembly

Tuesday 17th December - Christmas Dinner

Thursday 19th December - Nativity

Friday 20th December - Carol Concert

Useful Documents

Our Vision

At St Catherine’s we believe that your child is unique and will bring a wide range of different experiences, skills and interests when they join school. Through our planning, resources and environment we aim to ensure that learning for your child is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore, investigate, discover, create, practice, rehearse, repeat, and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. We have high expectations of all children, within a secure, caring and respectful environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage encompasses the period of education from birth to the end of their Reception Year. This is a critical and very exciting time in a child’s development. At St Catherine’s we follow the government guidelines for learning, development and care for children. This is called the ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ and has at its core 4 overarching principles. These are: that every child is a unique child; that children learn through positive relationships; that they develop best in an enabling environment and that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

The Curriculum

 The Foundation Stage is organised into seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and Design

 

Personal, social and emotional development includes developing self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships.

This area of learning is vital for your child in all aspects of their life and it gives them the best opportunity for success in other areas of learning. At St. Catherine’s we aim to provide the support and experiences which enable your child to develop a positive sense of themselves and their respect for others. We actively use praise and encouragement to promote good behaviour and encourage all children in their efforts. A positive approach to discipline is paramount. Further information about our approach to behaviour can be found in St Catherine’s Behaviour Policy.

Communication and language

This includes speaking, listening, attention and understanding. Developing effective speaking and listening skills is fundamental to all aspects of your child’s learning and development. The children will be encouraged to talk confidently and clearly, answer how and why questions in response to their experiences and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical Development involves moving and handling and health and self-care.

We aim to improve skills of confidence, co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Physical development also helps the children gain confidence and self-esteem in what they are able to do. In our outdoor area children have the opportunity to explore and play with equipment on a larger scale, with a continuous focus on all seven areas of learning. Within Physical Development there is a focus on how we keep ourselves healthy and the importance of exercise as well as fine motor development associated with cutting, mark making and threading.

Literacy

This area covers reading and writing. Children learn the letter sounds to read and understand simple sentences as well as using their knowledge of phonics to decode unfamiliar words. They also learn irregular words which they can then read by sight. They attempt to write simple sentences and are encouraged to use their knowledge of sounds to spell unfamiliar words.

Mathematical Development

This area is divided into numbers and shape, space and measures. This includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns and calculating, along with exploring shape, space and measures. We use rhymes, songs and stories to encourage learning. Emphasis is also put on developing their ideas and methods to solve practical problems. It is essential that children’s experiences in this area are enjoyable meaningful and purposeful.

Understanding the World

This involves helping your child make sense of the world they live in. This forms the foundations for later work on geography, history, science, design and technology, and computing. Our activities are based on first hand experiences, which encourage interest and curiosity. Children will learn to investigate, be curious, to show enthusiasm and experiment. Areas of learning are based around people and communities, the world and technology.

Creative Development

This involves exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative.  Children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity through a range of activities including role play, music and art. At St. Catherine’s we aim to provide a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued.

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the EYFS, but the official EYFS Profile for each child is completed in the final term of Reception. The assessment takes place through teacher observation of children’s learning and development as they take part in everyday activities, and planned observations, where teachers spend time on a specific task with an individual child or small group.

The activities are usually based around a topic or theme. Within the Foundation Stage, play is at the heart of the curriculum. Well-planned play, both indoor and outdoor, enables children to learn by experience, to interact with one another and to learn with enjoyment and challenge.

There are three separate achievement levels within each Development Matters age band:

·         Emerging: your child is working below the expected level

·         Expected: your child is working at the expected level for their age

·         Exceeding: your child is working above the expected level


Your child's teacher will award one of these levels for each of the seven EYFS areas of learning.

On leaving the Foundation Stage at the end of Reception, your child will be assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals and their progress will be shared with you. A child is considered to have a 'good level of development' if they have achieved at least the expected level in the Early Learning Goals in all aspects of Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development, Communication and language, Literacy and Mathematics.

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