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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage section
EYFS education at Warren Park aims
- To give each child a happy, positive and fun start to their school life in which they can establish strong foundations and foster a love of learning
- To inspire children in a stimulating environment to be happy and enthusiastic learners
- To ensure quality and consistency in teaching and learning so that every child makes progress, ready for 21st century life
- To develop strong partnerships between practitioners, parents, families and the local and wider community.
- To ensure equality of opportunity for every child.
At Warren Park we adhere to The Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage and the guiding principles that shape the EYFS curriculum
- A unique child – every child is unique and is continually learning, is resilient and capable, is confident and self-assured
- Positive relationships – children learn to be strong, secure and independent through positive relationships with peers, adults and the wider school community
- Enabling environments – children learn and develop in an environment that is stimulating, with experiences that respond to their needs and interests
- Learning and development – children learn and develop in different ways, are all included in their learning journey and develop strong foundations to be positive learners.
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Here are some ideas to support your children before coming to our school and whilst they are in Reception.
Ready steady school (weblink) https://documents.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolreadinessleaflet.pdf
Our First Half Term at School
It has been a brilliant half term for all the child starting school at Warren Park.
We have made some life long friendships and enjoyed our first term together getting to know each other.
We have learnt to explore and make our own choices in the reception classes. Practising to share and negotiate the resources.
Taking care of our classrooms and our friends.
Lots of excitement and laugher can be heard every day.
It has been a wonderful term and we can’t wait for the next terms fun to begin.
We have been learning all about Monster Phonics. We love the monsters that represent our new sounds that we have been learning and we are getting clever at remembering them and using our learnt knowledge to help us with our reading and writing.
Numbers and Shapes
In number time we have been learning to count and to numeral match. We have also been exploring shape and using all that we have learnt so far in our discovery time and impressing our teachers!
All about Me and My New School
This topic has been great and we have looked at pictures of ourselves when we were babies and very little and matched them to a picture of us on our first day at school. Looking at similarities and differences to our friends. We have had a little look at how close some of us live to our school and how we get to school.
We have looked at Autumn and watched some Pumpkins change over time and this has been a nice quiet area for some children to do observational drawings.
After half term we will be learning about ‘Under The Sea
What is Monster Phonics?
The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 speech sounds in English. The 44 sounds (phonemes) are spelt by 144 different letter combinations (graphemes). For example, the sound A is spelt 5 different ways ay (play), ai (train). Traditional ways of learning to spell can be time-consuming and for some children they are ineffective. Monster Phonics categorises sounds into 10 areas and uses the Monsters as a categorisation. Each monster has a different colour. That colour represents that way of spelling the sound. Watch the video https://monsterphonics.com/how-it-works/
So far this term we have learnt these sounds:
(s, a, p, t, I (i), n, m, o, d, g, o, c, k, ck, u, e, r)
We have also learnt these words:
in, is, it, I
on, am, up, was
he, she, me, we, the
mum, dad, and, went, to
Please keep practising the sounds they have learnt, build words with the sounds and have a go at writing the sounds and words they know.
Find the words they have learnt in the books they read. Play games with these words. (you say the word and they have to find it)
Go onto the website with your child play some games and most of all have fun learning their sounds and their words.
Monster Phonics is giving parents free access to resources. There are loads of fun videos for each of the sounds1 Here is a guide (https://monsterphonics.com/helping-parents-to-support-their-children/) to help you get started!