"Good parenting and high quality teaching and learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up"
(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
At St Wulstan's and St Edmund's we like to have lots of fun with our teachers and friends. Our teachers are Miss McDonnell and Miss Martin and our teaching assistants are called Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Eacott. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Yau who comes and works with us every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is a play based approach to learning and development, enabling children to develop in all areas. We plan creative and practical activities that support the children's interests, which enables them to build confidence, explore, problem solve, relate to their peers and most importantly develop independence.
There are seven areas of learning and development: within the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum'
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design.
Our aim is for both you and your child to have a happy and confident beginning to an exciting learning journey with us. Together we can guide your child through this important year and lay the firm foundations for their school education.
Characteristics of Effective Learning|
The 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' are how children learn. These are reflected within the learning environment; when the teachers and teaching assistants observe and plan for children’s next steps in learning and through high quality questioning and dialogue between the adults and children in the setting. A child’s individual learning characteristic will determine the way they respond to both the teaching and learning taking place in the environment.
Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning identified by the EYFS are:
Communication and Language|
Within EYFS we develop the skills and confidence to express ourselves, and enjoy speaking and listening to each other and our teachers.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development|
Within our Personal, Social and Emotional Development we learn to feel good about ourselves and others, and develop positive relationships. This supports us in becoming independent, excited and motivated learners.
In EYFS making progress in Physical Development gives us confidence and enables us to feel the benefits of being healthy and active. We enjoy taking part in structured PE and dance sessions, improving our skills of co-ordination, control and movement. Opportunities to develop gross and fine motor skills - e.g through using scissors, glue, paintbrushes and pencils are also encouraged through daily hands on planned and independent activities.
In EYFS we like to read lots of different books with our friends and teachers. We practise mark making, writing our names, letters, sounds and words in fun and creative ways. We always make sure we are careful listeners when having conversations with everyone.
In this area of our learning we develop our mathematical understanding through stories, songs, games, everyday activities and imaginative play. We also experiment and become confident and curious about numbers, shapes, patterns and measures.
Understanding the World|
In this area of learning, we develop our knowledge, skills and understanding that help use to make sense our local community and the world, with opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Art & Design|
This area of learning includes art, music, dance, drama and imaginative play – we enjoy trying new experiences and express ourselves in a variety of ways.
Creativity is an important part of successful learning; it enables children to make connections between experiences, solve problems and be inventive.
We are really excited to start another school year and look forward to seeing you all on your first day of 'Big School' on Monday 4th September! Don't forget we are part time for 2 week (Monday 4th- Friday 15th September). Session times are 8:45-11:30am and 1:00-3:30pm for these first two weeks!
Please send in star moments, we love sharing these fantastic achievements with everyone. This is also a fantastic way of contributing to your child's learning journey!
What can you do to support your child's learning and development?|
One of the best ways for you to help your child do well at school is to take a positive interest in what happens there.
When children know their teachers and parents are interested, they are more likely to be successful learners.
This will be important throughout their school lives. Your child will attend school for many years.
It will make a big difference if you remember to:
· Keep on doing things together
· Keep on noticing and praising progress
· Keep on talking and listening together
· Keep on being a good example
· Keep on sharing books everyday
Please read our termly letter to find out what we are learning this half term. We have also uploaded the 'home learning' which has some fantastic ideas for you to support learning at home. Don't forget to choose three activities and send them in on time, we can not wait to share them with the class!
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.