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Reception

Emerald class
Class Teacher: Mrs Strachan
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Beech

Ruby Class
Class Teacher: Mrs Brooks, Mrs Tatham-James
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Soto

Amber Class
Class Teacher: Miss Arthurs
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Barnett

 

Arghh me hearties!

What a fantastic day we had in EYFS last Friday. The children came to school in their best pirate costumes - don’t they look fantastic?!

We had fun creating pirate hats, swords and eye patches, we learnt how to walk the plant, and we built our own pirate ships and even had a treasure hunt.

The children worked together to follow the map left by Captain Black Beard and followed the clues to successfully find the prized loot ........ ice cream with sprinkles!

Thank you to parents and careers for your continued support this year.

 

         

 

 

EYFS - SHARING A SHELL

 

Last week the children in EYFS enjoyed retelling the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ written by Julia Donaldson.

 

We have explored the rock pool outside and searched for hidden creatures, and have created characters from the story out of junk modelling including the crab, anemone (Blob) and bristleworm and much more.

 

We even made new home for the creatures to share and worked hard together to make sure they had enough room and it would not break.

 

We have used the rock pool to search for numbers and we have shared the creatures we found with our friends.

 

The children have enjoyed hunting for snails and have added them to the rock pool……..Look at our new classroom pet, we named him FLASH! (An Albino African land snail).

 

         

EYFS - Milton Creek Park Ranger

 

On Thursday last week Kris. the Milton Creek Park Ranger, came to see our children in EYFS.

 

He had heard that the children have been busy exploring their garden and was eager to find out more about the bugs they had found.

Kris explored with the children in our Forest School environment and helped the children search for more mini beasts. He taught them how to search whilst also showing them how to care for them and their habitats, where to find them and how they live and grow.

 

The children discovered snails, worms, woodlice, ladybirds, butterflies, spiders, and so much more.

 

Daniel was so lucky, he found a snake! (slow worm)

 

The children have really enjoyed the visit from Kris and we hope to see him again soon.

 

        

 

 

THE BAD-TEMPERED LADYBIRD

 

Last week in Early Years we were reading and retelling the story of The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle.

 

We loved that he was such a grumpy ladybird but that he learnt his lesson at the end!

 

On Friday, after looking at recipes and learning how to make dough, we made our own pizza biscuits with jam and fruit to look like ladybirds! We hope they tasted as yummy as they look!

     

 

Mad about mini beasts

 

This week the year R children have been busy exploring and hunting for mini beast. We have been finding out fantastic facts about our favourite bugs and creating our own clues for our friends to try and guess which mini beast we are talking about.

The children have been using the facts the have learnt about the different bugs to find their different hiding spots. Ethan in Amber class said ‘we will find the worms in the wet mud, they burrow down deep’.  The children even had the adults flipping the tyres in the outdoor area to find out what laid beneath. The children have been building their own bug hotels to try and keep their new found pets at home. What a busy week in EYFS!

 

   

Term 5

 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

 

In the reception classes last week, we were reading and retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have been exploring mini beasts that we find in our outside area as well as all the fruit and vegetables that the caterpillar eats. Caterpillars have arrived in our classrooms and so far we have seen them grow bigger and bigger in their little pots of special food.

We have been learning about their life cycle, so we know that they will be preparing their cocoons soon, when we will move them to their bigger nets.

We can’t wait for them to change into beautiful butterflies!

     

 

Term 1

Starting School

 

What a fantastic start to Westland Primary school! All the adults are so impressed with how nicely our youngest children have settled in to life at Westlands. The children have been busy making new friends, learning new routines as well as learning in many ways both inside and in our garden.

  

 We have been mark making using chalks, paints, pens, crayons and pencils.  We have been creative with painting, playdoh, collage and glue.  We have been getting messy and exploring the mud kitchen, messy play and sand pit.

  

 We have been reading lots of stories and singing lots of songs.  We have role played in the home corner, with dinosaurs, and as doctors.

  

 It has been fantastic to see how independent the children are becoming already and we look forward to a busy year ahead!

 


Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children are assessed throughout the year against 17 Early learning goals. The expectation is for children to be working within these Early Learning Goals at the end of their first year at school, to ensure they are ready for the progression into the National Curriculum in year 1.In the early years, teachers teach to the children's interests. We offer a play based curriculum in a safe and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to use the inside and outside learning environment on a daily basis, to become independent learners.

The 17 Early Learning Goals include:

Personal Social and Emotional Development:

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-confidence and Self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development:

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language:

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Literacy:

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics:

  • Numbers
  • Shape Space and Measure

Understanding of the World:

  • Peoples and communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Exploring using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

 To encourage children to become independent readers and writers we have a huge emphasis on Phonics in the early years. To support this we follow the Read Write Inc programme written by Ruth Miskin. 

Read Write Inc Programmes

These sessions are fun and interactive for all children and continue into Key Stage 1.

 

End of Year Expectations
 

Expectations for the end of Early Years

 

Parental Partnership

To make transition into school as easy as possible for children and parents we have worked very hard to ensure positive relationships between school and home.At Westlands Primary school we recognise that parents are the childrens first and influential educators.

 

Transition into school

In the summer term before your child starts school we hold open mornings for parents and children, this is followed by an evening meeting where parents/carers are given the opportunity to meet Senior Leadership, the SENCO and the teachers and teaching assistant that will be working with your son/daughter. During this evening you are able to sign up for a Home visit, where the teacher and teaching assistant associated with the class your child will be in, come and meet with you in a familiar environment. In the term before the children start school we invite them in for a morning to see their new surroundings and meet their teacher and TA.

During term 6 teachers will also be out and about visiting children at their nursery, parents/carers are welcome to be present on these visits.

 

Stay and Play Sessions

Once the children are fully settled into school, we offer stay and play sessions. The idea of these is for parents/carers to come into the classroom and spend the last hour of the day learning alongside their son/daughter. This is a great way for you to see how the children have settled into their new routines and see how they have become independent learners.   

 

Parent swimming sessions

As we are very lucky to have a swimming pool at the school we offer parent and child swimming sessions once a term. This allows children to become familiar with the swimming pool and gain water confidence before they start having swimming lessons in year 1.  Parents/carers are expected to get into the swimming pool with their child but there will be trained staff, poolside.

 

Library Sessions

We like to offer Library sessions for you and your children every other week starting in term 3. The idea of these if for you to come and collect your son/daughter at 2:50 and take them to the school Library with a member of EYFS staff, where you can choose a story and share it together. We feel this is a real positive experience for children as they love to share a story with their family.