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Early Years


 The team for this year:

  Mrs Shepherd 

  Miss Mingo

  Mrs E Greenway

  Mrs J Twigger

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Home Learning

This will be included in the pink communication book for your child every Monday. It is optional but anything that the children complete will be shared and we value your support with this. You can share your child's achievements using Seesaw.


The children will be given a phonetically levelled reading book which can be changed as necessary. These reading books will be from a range of reading schemes including; Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat and Song Birds. Please use the blue reading record to make any comments. Library books are changed on Thursdays. 


PE kit needs to be worn to school every Wednesday.


In Early Years our topics are led by the interests of the children. Throughout the year we will incorporate celebrations, seasons and specific books.Our planning is guided by the Early Years Curriculum for each of the 7 areas of learning-Literacy, Mathematics, Communication and Language, Physical, Personal and Social, Understanding the World and Expressive arts and design.

 Spring 2 2021


This half term the children have expressed an interest in different places around the world. Following their ideas we are planning to use stories, poems and rhymes and hands-on experiences as the 'hook' for our Literacy ideas. One of these stories will be Handa's Surprise. This will be the starting point for exploring the food, animals and culture of Africa.

Our aim is to develop confidence in applying phonic sounds to different forms of writing and to communicate their ideas using an increasing vocabulary. We will continue to foster a love of books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Phonics plays a key role in underpinning reading and writing learning and our daily phonic lessons will focus on revising all Phase 3 letter sounds, word building and recognition of Phase 3 tricky words. A tricky word booklet will be sent home to support the learning of these words.

 Communication and Language

 As part of everything we do in Early Years speaking and listening is key. We will be setting up experiences to support the children in learning new vocabulary and using it in different contexts. They will be encouraged to talk about their responses to stories, events and to develop explanations about how things work. Developing listening skills will be supported through our daily routines.


 This half term we will focus on the following concepts:

  - Composition of Numbers up to 10- children will be continuing to develop the idea that all numbers are made up of smaller numbers. They will explore and notice the different compositions through a variety of visual models and games, allowing partitioning and re-combining of sets. They will also be relating this to subtraction facts. Children will need to begin to recall pairs of numbers at least to 5 and the subtraction facts from 5.

  - Pattern-Children will explore patterns which use items more than once in each repeat. It is important that children see a model of a pattern with three full repeats, as this makes it easier to identify and continue the pattern. For Example, ABB, AAB, AABB. Children will be encouraged to say each pattern aloud and to create patterns around the edge of shapes as well as in straight lines. 

Physical Development

 This area will focus on developing gross motor skills through activities designed to strengthen muscles and engage in physical games outside. Fine motor skills will concentrate on developing letter formation, with control over size and shape. We will start to introduce the patterns that lead into supporting the Early Years section of Letter Join, which continues into Year One.

 We will also be talking about our health and well being. E.g. healthy eating, exercise and personal self-care.

 Personal, social and emotional development

  This half term we will be focusing on the children and their feelings. We will be encouraging children to identify their own feelings socially and emotionally, and to consider the feelings of others. A part of this is to learn how to negotiate problems and resolve conflicts.

 Understanding the World

 We will be sharing texts, images and stories to develop understanding about the world. Through stories, photos and the internet, we will recognise that some environments are different to the one in which we live. Children will be encouraged to talk about some similarities and differences.

 Ongoing will be our longitudinal study on the changing seasons, with a focus on Spring. We will also look at how we celebrate Easter.

 Expressive arts and design

 Our aim is to offer our children the opportunity to explore different tools, materials and techniques through our play provision, this may be collaborative. Imagination, through the use of props for play and storylines, will be proved. They will also have the chance to visit the music studio and learn  new songs and to add movement to music.

 Linked to our work on Africa, we will respond to African music in dance and African patterns in Mathematics and our creative activities.

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