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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.

 Autumn 2 2020


This half term the children have expressed an interest in food, hot and cold places and the animals that live there.Following their ideas we are planning to use stories,poems and rhymes and hands-on experiences as the 'hook' for our Literacy ideas.

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 acquiring all Phase 3 letter sounds,word building and recognition of Phase 3 tricky 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:

  - Comparing Numbers- use vocabulary e.g more than, less than, fewer, the same as ,equal to, whilst exploring 1 more/1 less. Children will be encouraged to see the link betweeen counting forwards and the 1 more pattern and counting back and the 1 less pattern.Books, rhymes and songs will support this learning as will a range of representations to support the 1 more/1 less pattern.

  - Composition of Numbers- children will be introduced to 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.

  - Length- Children will begin to use language to describe length and height. When making comparisons, children will be encouraged to use specific mathematical vocabulary relating to length e.g. longer,shorter, taller, shorter, wider, narrower. They will be asked to make direct comparisons using objects such as blocks or cubes to measure items.

  - Capacity-Children will build on their understanding of full and empty to show half full, nearly full and nearly empty. They will be given the opportunity to explore capacity using different materials such as water, sand, rice and beads. Children will be prompted to use the language of tall, thin, narrow, wide and shallow when investigating various containers. They will be asked to make direct comparisons by pouring from one container to the other and by counting how many pots it takes to fill a container.

 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 and pencil grip will be developed through opportunities to make patterns, trace, thread, use dough and other malleable materials and to use a variety of tools in different contexts.

 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.

 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 enocuraged to talk about some similarities and differences.

 Ongoing will be our longitudinal study on the changing seasons, with a focus on Winter.

 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.

 Throughout this half term we will also look at the artist Paul Cezanne and his observational painting of fruit.

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