Welcome to the
Early Years Foundation Stage
Summer Term 2022
This half term, our topic is ‘When we grow up…’ We are learning all about different occupations and people who help us in the community. We have been thinking about what job we would like when we grow up. Towards the end of this half term we will be learning about the Royal family to prepare our celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Next term, we will be learning about Pirates and Mermaids then we will finish the term by learning about minibeasts. We will be spending lots of time outdoors, looking for bugs; learning about their life cycle, what they eat and where they live.
Dates for your diary
27th May 2022 – Last day of term
7th June 2022 – Return back to school
27th May – Jubilee Party
22nd June – Parents Evening
27th June – 1st July Health Week & Sports Day
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.
Our Nursery staff for 2021-2022 are:
Miss Buxton (Teacher and Penguin Group Key Worker)
Miss Cogdon (Teaching Assistant and Polar Bear Group Key Worker)
Miss Stothard (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Guthrie (Teaching Assistant)
Organisation of the School Day
The nursery is split into various learning areas including; sand, water construction, writing, reading, maths, role play, art, creative, playdough, small world, fine motor, music and sensory. These areas are called ‘continuous provision’.
Our learning environment and activities stimulate and challenge the individual needs of all of the children.
Your child will have the opportunity to work in these areas every day where they will be able to use a wide range of resources to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Throughout the year there will be whole class teaching times, small group times, and individual work for children in our setting. 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.
The children have access to the outdoor learning environment throughout the school 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. The Key Worker will be help your child to settle into school, to support their 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 their key worker group.
Your child’s progress and achievements in all areas of the curriculum will be observed and assessed. Staff will focus on strengths and areas for development that children may encounter, to enable them to make progress toward the next stage of learning.
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
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
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.
Things to Remember…….
- Send your child in to school with their book-bag every Monday. These will be used in school and returned home on a Friday with a library book inside for parents to read to children at home over the weekend.
- Children to bring a water bottle to school every day (no juice or milk please).
- Ensure that everything, including coats, water bottles and shoes, have name labels on them.
- Send children with weather appropriate clothing. Always send your child in with a coat for our very unpredictable weather!
- In the summer, sunscreen and a hat are essential! Please apply sunscreen at home and if needed we can reapply from a bottle with your child’s name on it.
Morning Session: 8:45am – 11:45am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Full Day Session: 8:45am – 3:30pm
Nursery’s PE day is every Monday.
Nursery children do not need a PE kit. Children will remove their jumpers/cardigans, shoes and socks before their PE session. For safety reasons no ear rings to be worn at all on a PE day.