Nursery & Reception

Mrs Barford

Newsletter Autumn Term 1

I hope that everyone has had a lovely summer and I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to the Autumn term. This term is going to be a very busy one for all of us, with the excitement of new beginnings, harvest and the festive season building up, and of course lots of learning.

In EYFS we will continue to put your children at the forefront of their learning. This is with the aim of your children becoming more confident, independent and engaged in their learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage states: “Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests and stage of development for each child in their care, and MUST use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning and development.” This statement fits perfectly with our way of planning and teaching. We will treat each child as an individual, working alongside Parents to plan and educate your children to allow them to achieve their best.

We will be focusing on the children’s interests and using these as themes for our activities. This is to allow us to engage the children more purposefully in their learning; the more that they are interested, the more they are inspired, the more they will learn!  I am very excited to see where their interests and imaginations will take us. Reception children will write weekly diaries, this will give us a hint of the exciting things they have been up to at home during the weekends. If you have been out on a day trip or your child has shown a particular interest in something, please let us know so that we can include this in our themes and activities.

Numeracy and Literacy/Letters and Sounds are both still key areas within the Early Years curriculum, we will be covering both of these through play based learning and adult led activities.

The children will bring home a reading wallet later this half term, this will contain a sound wall, word wall, a reading diary and a reading book. Please read with your child every day and practice the highlighted sounds and words on their word walls. A little and often makes an enormous difference to their fluency and comprehension when reading.

How to help your child at home.

  • Listen to them read/read stories with them
  • Count objects whenever possible
  • Talk about the stories that you read, ask them to describe the pictures and characters. Can they tell you the story in their own words or tell you a different ending to the story?
  • Practise writing letters and numbers
  • Ensure your child is holding pencil correctly

Please continue to bring your children into the classroom in the mornings. Please keep encouraging them to be independent when organising themselves in the morning with hanging their own coats up and putting their reading wallets and water bottles in the right place.

As required by all EYFS settings, we gather information about every child’s starting points when they start school. From 2020 the Government statutory baseline will be implemented for all reception children. This year we are pleased to have been invited to take part in the pilot baseline. Please be assured that this is a very gentle and informal process. The information is gathered through observation and play. I have attached a letter from the government to explain the process in more detail.

I am always available in the morning for a chat. Please feel free to come and talk to me with any questions or concerns about the baseline or anything else.

Kind regards

Kate Barford