Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage at Stoke Heath Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage is from birth to 5 years. At Stoke Heath Primary school we have a nursery class (3-4 years) and reception class (4-5 years)

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children will develop the 3 prime areas first.

Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s initial development and will enable them to develop their learning further.

As children’s learning develops, the prime areas will help them to acquire skills in 4 specific areas.

Literacy;
Mathematics;
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The teaching and supporting staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

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Seedlings

Throughout the autumn term, we will be supporting the children to settle into the nursery environment.  As part of this, we will help them to:

  • Build relationships with their key worker
  • Find their way around the Nursery, both indoors and outdoors
  • Make some friends to play alongside
  • Join in with story and group times
  • Develop their independence e.g. putting on and taking off their coats

There will be lots of activities –

  • Exploring and investigating materials – paint, sand, water, clay, mud, foam and bubbles – sometimes getting messy!
  • Being creative in their play – choosing what they would like to do
  • Dancing, running and climbing
  • Experimenting with resources
  • Talking, talking and talking!

Nursery

Throughout the autumn term, we will be supporting the children to settle into their new nursery learning environment.  As part of this, we will help them to:

  • Build relationships with their key worker
  • Find their way around the Nursery, both indoors and outdoors
  • Make some friends to play alongside
  • Join in with story and key group times
  • Develop their independence e.g. putting on and taking off their coats

In Nursery the curriculum follows the children’s ideas and interests.  In the Autumn Term we will also focus upon the themes of ‘Ourselves, Our Family and Celebrations’.  We will be learning about different celebrations such as birthdays, Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas.  During the term, we will also be exploring two seasons – autumn and winter and how we can see the changes in the seasons.

Reception

Reception

During the first half term, we will be supporting the children to settle into the daily routine of school and to explore their new learning environment.  The children will also be building positive relationships with all of the adults in EYFS.  We will be supporting the children to continue building good relationships with their peers in their social development.

In phonics this half term we will teach the letters and sounds from Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. The children will begin to blend and segment words to support their reading and writing. Children will be working within phase 2 and reading and writing the tricky words and high frequency words.

We will start the term learning about ‘Ourselves and Our Families.’  We will then be moving onto our new topic called – “The Wild World” using stories such as The Gruffalo, Snail Trail and Where the Wild Things Are to inspire where our learning will take us. After half term, we will focus on our new topic of Celebrations where we will also learn about different festivals and look at how people celebrate Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas.