NEWSLETTER- Week ending 27th November
It’s been a great week in Early Years this week and the children’s behaviour has been fantastic! Although the days are getting darker and it’s getting a little chillier, all of the children continue to have such a positive attitude towards school and their learning. It’s wonderful seeing them so excited as they arrive at school in the mornings! This week the children completed another successful PE session. They are doing so well at getting changed back into their uniforms- thank you for all of your support with this.
In Maths this week we have been learning all about patterns. We have discussed how patterns are all around us, on animal fur, curtains, wall paper, our clothes etc. Perhaps you could go on a pattern walk around your home with your child and explore the patterns in your household? Or maybe your child could collect some natural objects on a local walk and make a pattern using these items? Please feel free to post pictures of any home learning on Tapestry- we would love to see some pattern work!
In Phonics we have learnt 4 new sounds ‘r’ ‘u’ ‘h’ and ‘b’ as well as some new tricky words ‘into’ and ‘go.’ Where possible, please practise these sounds and tricky words with your child at home. Please remind your child that tricky words are words that we are unable to sound out, we simply have to remember what they look like! The children have been really enjoying mark making this week and many of them are keen to have a go at writing the sounds we have learnt using chalk, shaving foam and good old fashioned felt tip pens and paper! The children are also showing an enthusiasm to blend sounds together to read whole words which is fantastic.
Quite a few items from PE kits are being lost and misplaced. Please can we ensure that all items of the school PE kit and uniform are clearly labelled. Also if your child brings home an item of clothing which does not belong to them please return these to school as soon as you can.
The final swimming session will take place this coming Monday (Monday 30th November.) This is Owl’s swimming session.
EYFS NATIVITY 2020
We are going to be organising and filming a nativity show for this upcoming Christmas period for you all to enjoy. Hopefully this will add a little festive cheer and sparkle to your Decembers!
This week we have been busy assigning nativity roles for your children. We will contact you separately through tapestry to inform you if you need to provide extra items to complete your child’s outfits.
We hope you are all keeping well during this difficult time.
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. Thank you for all of your continued support.
Early Years team
Week ending 13th November 2020
We have arrived at the end of another busy week. Thank you for your kind donations this morning to Children in Need - to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. It is good to take part in this worthwhile cause that has been making positive changes in children's lives for 40 years!
Hedgehogs began the week with their first swimming session. We were proud of how the children listened well to the swimming teacher and on return to the classroom they were all enthusiastic about the experience. Owls class have their first swimming session on Monday 16th November. Wednesday was our first PE session in the KS1 hall. All the children loved joining in with the bean game and the traffic light game and especially enjoyed noticing how their hearts were beating faster. Thank you for making sure the children came to school in their PE clothes and after PE it proved to be a smooth transition back into their school uniform. That will be our routine for now every Wednesday morning.
Other events that have happened this week include Remembrance Day (Poppies). We talked about remembering the people who went to war and watched the lovely animated short film on Cbeebies. The children loved telling me in the afternoon about the loud noises and the poppies that grew in the fields. Some children wanted to be creative and printed their own poppies with apple halves or used their fingers to make the petals on the poppies.
This week in phonics we have learnt new sounds m, d, g and o. These sounds are coming home today attached to your reading record. Please practice the pure sounds - not putting uh on the end. We recommend you check out Oxford Owl pure sounds on youtube for tutorials of all the sounds (so you won't be caught out by your child). Saying the pure sounds makes it easier to blend the sounds to make words. We have also started today to learn some tricky words - these are words we cannot sound out e.g I, the (you just need to know them).
Soon we will send some tricky words and high frequency words home so you can learn them. These are the words that we see most frequently in books so repetition is the key.
This week we are sending some decodable captions home to read in your reading record to practice blending at home. It is so important to spend a little bit of time practicing and we would appreciate a comment in your reading record as to how your child responded to blending.
In maths, we have been looking at capacity and enjoying telling each other when a bottle or container is empty, half full and full. Keep practicing at home even at bath time by asking how full the water is etc. You can extend by saying 'the water is nearly empty now' as you let the bath water out. We will focus on numbers 6-10 next week as we introduce a 10 frame.
We hope you enjoy your weekend together.
The EYFS Team
Week ending 6th November
We hope you have had a restful half term break and managed to have lots of fun with your family (despite the rain!). We have been really impressed by how well the children have settled back into school this week and it was great to see the children returning to school with such positivity, enthusiasm and energy. The children have enjoyed sharing with one another what they have been up to over the half term- pumpkin carving seemed to be a very popular activity!
As always, it’s been a very busy week in Early Years. The children have had their flu sprays, visited the swimming pool and even baked some bread! The children were so excited to visit the swimming pool and they can’t wait to get started with their swimming lessons. Swimming lessons will commence the week beginning 16th November (Hedgehogs will be swimming this week and Owls will be swimming the following week.) Please remember to provide the following for your child: a swimming costume, a swimming hat and a onesie/tracksuit. Also, please ensure that each item from their swimming kit is clearly named.
We are starting PE next Wednesday (11th November.) In order to make the transition of getting changed a little easier and speedier, we ask that on each Wednesday you bring your child to school already dressed in their PE kit carrying their school uniform in a separate bag. We will be sending any PE kits home that are already in school this coming Friday.
In Phonics this week, we have been learning about the letters ‘p’ ‘I’ ‘n’ and the sounds they make. We are starting to blend the sounds we have learnt to read simple whole words such as ‘pin’ ‘in’ ‘sit’ etc. Please support your child’s phonics learning at home by going through the flashcards (attached to the reading record) each time you read with your child. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to Phonics, please let us know and we can support you.
In Maths this week, the children have been learning how to compare quantities of objects using vocabulary such as ‘more’ and ‘fewer.’ We have also been comparing heights using the terms ‘shorter’ and ‘taller.’ The children have enjoyed comparing heights with each other to see who is taller! Next week we will be looking at capacity. Perhaps you could explore capacity at home by filling up different containers and using the words ‘full’ and ‘empty’ to discuss their capacity.
With the second lockdown now upon us, we understand that this is a really challenging time for many families. If you have any worries at all in regards to school life during this lockdown period, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
The EYFS team
Welcome to our EYFS information page
(Early Years Foundation Stage)
RR Owls are taught by Mrs Reeve
RKP Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs King and Mrs Patient
Our teaching assistants are Miss Dance and Mr Woods
The Early Years Foundation Stage aims to develop children to their full potential through play based learning. The areas of learning are divided into 7 areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding The world
Expressive Arts and Design
At Fermor, we provide a safe and stimulating environment. The teachers and TA’s observe and assess learning to inform next steps. We see every child as an individual and plan exciting and playful activities based on the children’s interests and development.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. This is referred to as the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Children in reception attend Forest School weekly. This takes place in our attractive woodland area. Experiences include outdoor woodland games, craft in the natural environment and cooking over the fire. Play is recognised as an important part of Forest School and activities are based on the children’s interest and unique way of learning.
˜Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment˜
Forest Education Initiative (FEI)
At Fermor we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents. We use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to share the children’s development as well as communicate important information and dates with parents. This is a two way communication, with parents adding their own observations of their child, which is shared with the class. The children love to share their experiences whilst developing their confidence and language skills.
At Fermor we feel that the transition from pre school to nursery is a big step for children (and parents). Therefore we provide supportive opportunities for the children to visit their new classroom and get to know the team through stay and play sessions, story times and nursery visits in term 6. Before children start in Reception, a home visit is offered to new parents, giving the opportunity to talk informally with the Early Years Foundation Stage staff.
Parent quote: “I love how much time they spend learning outdoors. The muddier my son is when I pick him up the more fun he has had learning that day”
We promote British Values through Learning and Play. We support children's Personal Social and Emotional development (PSED) by developing their self confidence and self awareness; giving opportunities to the children to make choices about what they choose to learn and the resources they will need. We encourage the children to manage their own feelings and behaviour. The children put together a list of expectations and rules and this is reflected on regularly. Each class has a class value. Hedgehogs is Joy and Owls is Hope.