Welcome to our Early Years page!

Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

 

In our Early Years Unit, you will find:

Mrs Williams – Early Years Teacher & Assistant Head Teacher

Ms Frazer – Support staff

Miss Cavanagh – Support staff

Miss McDonald – Support staff

Miss McGlynn – Support staff

Our classroom is always busy and full of stimulating resources and activities that the adults have planned for us.  It is so much fun investigating the different areas of our classroom; we can be pirates digging in the sand for treasure one day and we can be on a spaceship to the moon the next.  We play to learn!

 

Ready, steady…get your wellies!

We are fortunate to have a lovely outdoor area where our children can express themselves physically and investigate our natural world.  There are opportunities for the children to explore their immediate environment by searching for mini-beasts, making mud pies or participating in water play.  The children are encouraged to discover new things and they are provided with plenty of opportunities to talk about what they have found.  As a result of this, our children begin to develop the key skills that they need in order to be competent and capable explorers and learners.  These opportunities also support development in our prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.

 

We are learning how to read and write!

Alongside these fabulous play opportunities, the children in Reception  are starting to become fabulous readers and writers through learning phonics.  We spend some time each day learning phonics and we use our phonetic knowledge when we are playing to help us read and write as we go.  We sometimes send out ‘Super Sounds’ homework and we encourage parents to support their child with this.

 

Children in Nursery also take part in learning phonics that is planned for them at their individual level.  This journey starts with focusing on our listening skills. The children take part in listening walks, singing nursery rhymes and starting to identify rhyme and alliteration.

 

 

We love maths too!

We also dedicate special time to mathematics and the children love going to Magic Maths Island each day. Maths sessions are tailored around the children’s next steps.  We love to explore the mathematical concepts of shape, space and measures through lots of exciting real life experiences such as baking, water and sand play. Children are encouraged to explore the similarities and differences in the shapes and amounts that they see and find in the world around them. We have so much fun doing lots of active maths activities such as counting as we jump, hop or clap and enjoy lots of engaging small group activities to promote mathematical development as we play.  We love to give the children maths challenges!

 

Mrs Williams’ favourite poem:

Just Playing

When I’m building in the block area,

Please don’t say I’m “just playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play,

About balances and shapes.

Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

 

When I’m getting all dressed up,

Setting the table, caring for the babies,

Don’t get the idea I’m “just playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play;

I may be a mother or father someday.

 

When you see me up to my elbows in paint

Or standing at an easel,

Or moulding and shaping clay,

Please don’t let me hear you say, “He is just playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m expressing myself and being creative.

I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

 

When you see me sitting in a chair

“Reading” to an imaginary audience,

Please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing.’

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a teacher someday.

 

When you see me combing the bushes for bugs,

Or packing my pockets with choice things I find,

Don’t pass it off as “just play.’

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a scientist someday.

 

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle

Or some “plaything’ at my school,

Please don’t feel the time is wasted in ‘play.’

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate.

I may be in business someday.

 

When you see me cooking or tasting foods,

Please don’t think that because I enjoy it,

It is ‘just play.’

I’m learning to follow direction and see differences.

I may be a cook someday.

 

When you see me learning to skip, hop,

Run and move my body,

Please don’t say I’m “just playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning how my body works.

I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.

 

When you ask me what I’ve done at school today,

And I say, “I just played’,

Please don’t misunderstand me.

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.

I’m preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I am a child and my work is play.

 

–  Anita Wadley