Welcome to the
Early Years Foundation Stage
At Southwick Community Primary School, we understand the importance of providing children and families with a secure learning environment emphasised by our professional, approachable and friendly staff.
This year our Nursery staff are Ms Higgins, Miss Moir, Miss Cogdon, Miss Patterson and Miss Swinburn.
This year our Reception staff are Mrs Welburn, Mrs. Skipp, Mrs. Hewitt, Miss Scott, Mrs Wigham (am) and Mrs Williams (am) and Miss Flood.
Organisation of the School Day
The Early Years environment is split into Reception and Nursery. These two areas consist of a learning environment divided into workshop areas. Our stimulating learning environment, activities and experiences are carefully planned to challenge and meet the individual needs of all of the children and includes sand, construction, writing, reading, maths, role play, ICT, art, snack table and malleable media area.
Your child will have the opportunity to work in these areas every day. Your child will be able to use a wide range of resources to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. All of the classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and we have i-pads for the children to use. These areas are called ‘continuous provision’ and allow the children to develop skills from day to day and week to week.
Throughout the year there will be whole class teaching times, small group times, and individual work for children in both Nursery and Reception. There will be a balance of adult initiated activities and child initiated activities. We aim to foster a sense of independence and will provide developmentally appropriate activities for children to make choices and decisions about their learning.
Children in Reception will receive a ‘Read write Inc.’ session daily, which is “Designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers”, in addition to a maths session daily.
The children have access to the outdoor learning environment throughout the school day. The children are out whatever the weather and waterproof clothing is available for them to use. We have weekly P.E lessons in the hall, or outside in the summer. The children will have a singing/music sessions every day.
Key Worker Groups
Each child has a Key Worker who is a named member of staff who will act as a point of contact for you if you have any worries, queries or concerns about your child. This Key Worker will be helping your child to settle into school, to support his/her development and to help your child to cope with any changes of routine throughout the school year. This system helps staff to build close relationships with individual children and their families and to promote a sense of well-being and belonging. Your child will still work with all members of staff in the setting at various times during the day, but will start and finish each day in his/her key worker group.
Your child’s progress and achievements in all areas of the curriculum will be constantly observed and assessed. Staff will focus on strengths, difficulties and weaknesses that children may encounter, to enable them to make progress toward the next stage of learning. We will regularly share these assessments with you so that you can support your child at home. We record our observations and assessments in our online Journal ‘Tapestry’ which parents can access and contribute to throughout the year.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Our curriculum covers the seven areas of learning stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. However, at Southwick we recognise that learning through play is a natural process for young children and aim to build upon their natural curiosity. We want to ensure that learning is rewarding and enjoyable whilst recognising that children learn best when their interests are followed.
- Autumn Term 1 – Earth / There’s no place like home.
- Autumn Term 2 – Fire
- Spring Term 1 – Wind
- Spring Term 2 – Earth
- Summer Term 1 – Water
- Summer Term 2 – Water
Things to Remember…….
- Please send your child in to school with their book-bag everyday.
- Please check your child’s book-bag daily to ensure that no letters have been missed!!!
- Please ensure that EVERYTHING including coats are named
- Please help your child practise putting their coat on and doing it up
- If you send your child in with gloves, please help them learn to put them on independently.
Nursery – Morning 8:45a.m – 12:00 a.m
Nursery – Afternoon 12:15p.m – 3:15p.m
Reception – 8.45 am —3.15 pm
Dates for your diary
Monday 26th September – Nursery family workshops (am and pm)
Monday 26th September – Reception family workshops, Zebras and Giraffes (2.45-4.00)
Tuesday 27th September – Reception Reading meeting (9.00)
Monday 3rd October – Nursery family workshops (am and pm)
Monday 3rd October – Reception family workshops, Lions and Elephants (2.45-4.00)
Monday 10th October – Nursery Trip
Monday 17th October – A.M Nursery/Zebra/Giraffes and P.M Nursery/Lion/Elephants lantern workshops.
Friday 11th November– am and pm Singing in the hall (please see your child’s Key worker)
Friday 18th November – Children in Need
Friday 2nd December – Nursery Christmas Trip
Tuesday 6th December – 9.30 Nativity
Tuesday 6th December – 1.30 Nativity
Thursday 8th December– pm Family Christmas Workshop for Reception
Monday 12th December – Early Years Christmas Party (No morning Nursery party – 1pm – 3pm. Pick up at Nursery door)
Tuesday 13th December – Reception Trip to Beamish
Nursery P.E. – Wednesday AM and Wednesday PM
Reception P.E. – Tuesday Am
Please make sure that your child has a PE Kit in school and it is labelled.
Please help your child learn to dress and undress independently.
Home Reader & Homework
- Homework will be sent out every Friday and needs to be returned each Wednesday.
- Reading folders will be kept on a Thursday night so reading books can be changed for a Friday.
Reception children can take a book home from our school library.
Please come along to our weekly Library sessions and choose a book with your child.
Mondays – 2.45-3.00
Class 2 (Lions and Elephants)
Tuesday – 2.45-3.00
Class 1 (Zebras and Giraffes)