Welcome to EYFS
Hello and welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Water Primary School. Your EYFS team includes Mrs Smith as class teacher, supported by Miss Cooper and Miss Fourie as the class teaching assistants.
We will continue to read and discuss a range of stories each half term. The children have recently shown an interest in titles by Julia Donaldson, so we are going to place a focus on this over the next few weeks. These stories will be used during our literacy and maths lessons. Our focused lessons of handwriting and phonics will continue daily as we progress through the spring term. Please aim to bring your child to school for 8:50am so that they can take part in our handwriting sessions before registration.
As you know, not all of our learning in EYFS is through adult-led, focused groups. We also give children the opportunity to learn through play in time called continuous provision. This will continue throughout the year. Our provision will be enhanced with ITL's (Invitations to Learn) where special activities and resources are presented in the classroom (indoors and outdoors) in an inviting way to encourage the children to carry out tasks to help them develop and progress.
Learning through Exploration
Throughout the year, where possible, we will follow the children’s interests. We will encourage children to share their hobbies and interests with us and provide them with the opportunity to develop these interests through independent learning in continuous provision. Children will also be supported to independently apply the skills taught by accessing provision both indoors and out.
Minibus Mystery Tours
Each half term, EYFS will have the opportunity to go on our Minibus Mystery Tour. Our first trip was a huge success. The children behaved impeccably and showed fantastic physical skills both on the football pitch and in soft play.
What a fantastic way to return from my maternity leave. It reminded me how special our school and the children in it really are. The comments from the children throughout both mornings were lovely to hear. "Mrs Smith. This is AMAZING! Thank you so much for bringing us here!"
Plans are already in the making ready for next half term.
Early Years will continue to have PE every Tuesday morning. This will last for the whole morning. Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit. This can be worn underneath the school tracksuit. Children wear their PE kit, along with trainers, for the whole day every Tuesday.
Our children will continue to attend Forest School sessions in groups. These sessions take place on Friday mornings. As usual, more information on specific dates, group lists etc. will follow on Class Dojo.
Small, WOW moment slips are still available in class for you to take and fill in at home. If your child achieves something new, shares learning from school, or completes a task that you are particularly proud of, please write it on a WOW slip (found at the entrance to our classroom) and we will add it to your child's learning journey.
In EYFS, we operate our own snack system. This ensures that children are able to try new snacks and make independent, healthy choices. If you would like your child to have snack, please bring in £5 at the start of the new half term, which will cover your child’s snacks for the full half term until after the May break. Alternatively, you can pay £1 every Monday morning. Please hand in snack money to either myself, Miss Cooper or Miss Fourie so that we can tick you off our list.
Thank you for looking after our class mascot, Pepe the puppy. He loves his weekends at home with you all. Pepe will continue to go home each Friday with one child. Please include him in your weekend plans and let him share in the fun you have as a family. Pepe will bring his pyjamas for the sleepover and also a notebook for you and your child to write, draw or add photographs to about his adventures with you. Pepe’s adventure book looks amazing and I look forward to hearing about his adventures to come.
Keeping in Touch
As mentioned, please check Class Dojo for updates, and follow our adventures on Twitter - @mrsejsmith and @Waterprimary.
Don’t forget, the door is always open so, if you have a query, please get in touch.