"And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."

Luke 6:31

How have you been a good friend today?

"Love is more important than anything else. It's what ties everything completely together."

Colossians 3:14

How did God show his love for the world?
How do you show your love for others?
What can you do today to show love to other people?

'God said to human beings, "Fill the earth with people and look after it. Care for all that I have made."'

Genesis 1:27

What is our responsibility to care for God's world?
How can I behave responsibly today?
Who relies on me to act responsibly?

"I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid."

Isaiah 41:13

How was Jesus courageous?
What helps people to be courageous?
How have you shown courage today?

"It is better to be honest and poor than dishonest and rich."

Proverbs 16:8

Why is it important to be honest?

"Try to earn the respect of others."

Romans 12:17, paraphrase

Who do you respect and why?
What sort of behaviour earns respect?
What do you do to show you respect someone?

Welcome to Early Years: Badger, Dormouse and Fox

About Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

We adopt a topic approach to curriculum planning and adapt the topics to engage different cohorts year on year. Our curriculum is planned carefully and progressively so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We support the principle that young children learn through play through engaging in well planned, structured activities. Our teaching builds on the experiences of children's previous learning, including that of preschool settings.

Documents and Presentation

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All items in PDF format

Phonic Workshop - 27/09/2016

Early Years Welcome/Curriculum Meeting

Early Years Goals

Wow Moment

Please follow the links to find fun phonics games…

Initial Sounds

Blending

Word Building

News Update

23 May 2017

Date Change for the transition meeting - due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of the Transition Meeting to Tuesday 4th July at 9am

As before the meeting will be focused on the transition from Early Years to Year One. The meeting will aim to...

  • provide parents with information regarding end of year assessment and reports
  • inform parents of strategies in place to help prepare their child for Year One
  • provide parents with information about the differences between Early Years and Year One
  • give parents ideas and activities to be carried out at home to help prepare their child
  • inform parents of information about ‘Moving Up’ day

All information and Powerpoint slides will be posted on the website prior to the meeting.

15 May 2017

Dear Early Years Parents and Carers,

We have been busy joining in with some super learning! We have enjoyed learning about real-life superheroes like doctors, nurses and paramedics. We were very lucky last week as Mrs Craik, who is a doctor, came to talk to us about her job. The children learnt lots about how she helps people and she highly praised the children on their fantastic listening. We would like to say a big thank you to her. We are also looking forward to a visit from Noah’s dad, who is a police officer. He is coming to talk to the children about his job on Tuesday 16th May. The children have been busy thinking about what questions they would like to ask him.

This week in literacy we are focusing on spelling words correctly by listening carefully to the sounds that are within them. Some words we should be able to spell and some should be phonetically plausible. We will be writing a letter to our visitor to thank them. At home you could encourage your child to write a letter to a family member. Encourage your child to reflect on their learning and remember the key features of a letter. In maths we are learning to use everyday language to talk about money. Encourage your child to identify different coins at home. Can they select the right coin if you describe it? E.g. ‘This coin is round and has no corners, it is smaller than a 1p coin’.

Transition

Week beginning 22nd May - we will no longer be checking your child’s book bag in the morning. This aims to help prepare your child for Year One and encourage increased independence. If your child has a letter or a note that needs to be given to the teacher please remind them to do so.

We would like to invite you to a meeting on Thursday 8th June at 2.30pm. This meeting will be focused on the transition from Early Years to Year One. The meeting will aim to...

*provide parents with information regarding end of year assessment and reports

*inform parents of strategies in place to help prepare their child for Year One

*provide parents with information about the differences between Early Years and Year One

*give parents ideas and activities to be carried out at home to help prepare their child

*inform parents of information about ‘Moving Up’ day

All information and Powerpoint slides will be posted on the Early Years webpage prior to the meeting.

Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes and the Early Years Team

31 March 2017
We have had an amazing half term full of brilliant activities. The children have become familiar with a wide range of nursery rhymes and traditional tales including ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. They have also explored the Easter story and have had lots of opportunities to discuss and reflect on the true meaning of Easter. On Easter Pause Day, Tuesday 28th March, the children listened to the story from Mary’s perspective and created and shared their own ‘teaspoon’ prayer. The children have also thoroughly enjoyed learning the songs in preparation for our Easter service on Friday 31st March. We are sure that you have heard these at home!

Well done to the children in Early Years for taking part in the Mother’s Day assembly last week.
Their singing was great! They particularly enjoyed the ‘doo-wops’.

“I love my Mummy; she’s so good to me!”

Students - We would like to thank Mrs Keenan and Miss Woodvine who have been working in Early Years this half term for their contributions. The children have really enjoyed working with them and joining in with their activities. We wish them all the very best in their teaching career.

Staffing -  We are pleased to share with you that we have recently appointed two Learning Support Assistants to join the Early Years Team. We welcome Miss Barnes who will be working across Badger and Dormouse Class and Mrs Vivien who will be working in Fox Class.

Staffing is as follows…

 

Badger

Fox

Dormouse

Teacher

Miss Cannon

Mrs Lockyer

 

Mr Hughes

 

LSAs

Miss Barnes (Mon & Weds)

Mrs Tompkinson
(Tues, Weds, Thurs)

Mrs Smallbone (Wed)

Mrs Newton (Fri)

Miss Horlock
(Special Needs Assistant)

Mrs Vivian
(Mon, Tues & Fri)

Miss Barnes (Weds)

Mrs Newton (Weds)

Miss Smallbone (Thurs)

Miss Smallbone
(Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri)

Mrs Newton (Wed)

Miss Barnes (Thurs)

 

After half term we begin our topic on ‘Superheroes’. We have lots of fun learning opportunities planned. We will be exploring fictional superheroes and real superheroes such as paramedics and police officers.

During the first week back we will be focusing on fictional superheroes. Within literacy we will be writing our ‘Holiday News’. We look forward to finding out what the children have been up to during the holidays. In maths we will be learning the days of the week and ordering them correctly. At home you could encourage your child to talk about what day it is and what day it was yesterday/tomorrow.

Ladyland Farm & Zoolab - This week you will receive a letter regarding our planned trip to Ladyland Farm and visit in school from Zoolab. Please look out for this. More details to follow soon…

We hope you have a restful holiday and look forward to welcoming the children back on Wednesday 19th April.

Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes and the EYs Team

10 February 2017
What a fantastic half term full of brilliant learning! The children in Early Years have taken great pleasure in joining in with a wide range of dinosaur themed activities. The children particularly enjoyed concluding the topic by dressing up as pirates to support our learning through the theme of ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’. They enjoyed pirate games, stories and songs!

After half term we begin out topic ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be exploring a range of traditional texts and songs. During the first week back we will be engaging in learning around the theme of ‘Nursery Rhymes’. In literacy we will be learning about alliteration and rhyming words. At home you could encourage your child to use alliterative phrases e.g. smelly socks! In maths we will be learning about pattern and making our own repeating patterns using a range of resources.

Genre Challenge - In your child’s yellow ‘Reading Record’ you will find a genre challenge. This is to encourage reading a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Please discuss these different genres with your child at the key features within them e.g. contents page.

Challenge Books - Please note that your child will have a new fortnightly challenge after half term. The theme will be ‘Book Week’.

Students - We are pleased to be welcoming two trainee teachers to Early Years after the half term. Miss Woodvine will be primarily based in Fox Class and Mrs Keenan in Badger Class. They have already met some of the children and are looking forward to working with them!

Letter Formation - Watch this space – letter formation video to be posted after half term! This video will enable you to support your child further at home with their formation of letters.

We hope you all have a fantastic half term.
Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes & the Early Years Team

4 January 2017
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas!
We would firstly like to say a huge well done to all the children for doing so well in the Christmas performance. They were fantastic!

We are looking forward to our exciting learning opportunities this half term. Our theme this half term is ‘Dinosaur Explorers’. We will be engaging in learning focussed on dinosaurs, fossils, volcanoes and reading stories about Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

In literacy we will learn to realise that writing can be used for a huge variety of purposes. This will include exploring labels, lists, letters, stories and more. Your children will be going on a ‘Dinosaur Hunt’ and recording the clues that they find. They will also act like palaeontologists and label dinosaur bones. At home you could help your child explore writing for different purposes further by encouraging them to help you write a shopping list or even write a letter to a family member.

In Maths we will be focusing on counting beyond 10. We will be learning to select a numeral to represent a group of objects too. This will help us to identify how many dinosaur bones or fossils that we find! At home your child could use their number booklet to select the correct numeral to represent how many objects they can find. You could focus on something your child is interested in such as cars, trains or dolls etc.

In order to develop our creative skills, we will be exploring different sounds and how they can be changed. We will be roaring like dinosaurs and squeaking like mice to make loud and quiet sounds. At home your child could make their very own instrument to explore sounds or even go on a ‘sound walk’ and listen for loud and quiet noises.

*Reminder – Thursday 12th January – Early Years Open Door Session – 3.15-3.30pm.
Feel free to come and look at your child’s Learning Journey.

Early Years Garden - We would like to develop our growing area and would like to invite parents to come and help us do so. If you are interested in helping us achieve this, please speak to Miss Cannon. If you are unable to help, we would hugely appreciate any donations of seeds, bulbs and grasses.

Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes and the Early Years Team

11 November 2016

In Early Years we have ‘boomed’ back in to learning!

We have enjoyed using our brand new learning space in our corridor! The children have had the opportunity to enjoy using our new role play shop, our reading area, our construction corner and building board plus lots of opportunities for writing! Watch this space for pictures of us using our new learning environment.

This week we have been learning all about Diwali. The children have learnt the story of Rama and Sita, made their very own rangoli patterns, made celebration cards and much more. Next week our theme is ‘Around the World’. We will be engaging in lots of different activities and experiences and some will be themed around travel, India, Japan and South Africa. In literacy we will be learning to identify the initial sounds within spoken and written words. At home, you could ask your child to label objects using post-it notes to show the initial sound e.g labelling the table with a ‘t’. In maths, we will continue to learn about 3D shapes. At home, you could go on a shape hunt to find 3D shapes! Can your child identify the differences between 2D shapes and 3D shapes?

Next week we will be helping to raise money for Children in Need. We will be baking our very own cakes to sell on Friday after school in the Early Years garden. We would really appreciate the help from any parents who can spare ten minutes at the end of the day. Please let Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer or Mr Hughes know if you are able to support us with this. Remember Friday 18th is a mufti day at school. The theme for this year’s mufti is ‘Spotacular’!

Today at 11 O’clock we all assembled on the playground for 2 minutes of silence. This week the children have thought about what Remembrance Day means and what the poppy represents.
If at home you have any ‘Dove’ soap boxes, Mrs Lockyer would very much appreciate them.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer and Mr Hughes

20 October 2016
Wow! What a fantastic first half term at St Martin’s. We are so pleased with how well the children have settled in to school. The children have engaged in a wide variety of activities and have enjoyed exploring their new leaning environment. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the children and are excited about watching them develop, learn and make progress throughout the year.
Thank you to all the parents who completed the Early Years Induction Questionnaire. We look forward to sharing the findings with you.

Thank also to all the parents who came along to our ‘Early Years in Action’ sessions. The children really enjoyed showing you their classrooms. Here are some comments from parents following the session...

“Thanks very much for the invite in, the kids so happy and busy!”

“Thank you for letting me come and see my little boy in school. It was wonderful”.

“Great opportunity to see the children interacting and having fun. Thank you.”

“Lovely time. Hope to do it again soon!”

“So nice to see them happy and confident in their new school. Thank you very much”.

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to see my son happily learning and playing at school. He loved being able to show us around”.

“Thank you very much, such a lovely opportunity to see the children ‘in action’, such a credit to the school”.

“What fun they have!”

“Thank you for the opportunity to see the children at school and all the facilities in full use”.

Thank you for all your wonderful comments!

We would like to inform you that we have appointed Mr Eastmond who will be joining the Early Years Team after half term in Fox Class. He will be working as a Learning Support Assistant alongside Mrs Lockyer. The children have already had the opportunity to meet him and are looking forward to welcoming him to their class.

The children attended their first assembly with Mrs Down this week. They enjoyed learning an autumn poem all about pumpkins and impressed Mrs Down with their fantastic behaviour throughout.
We are pleased to inform you that children in Early Years will now be attending our ‘Birthday and Good News’ assemblies on Friday mornings at 9am starting after half term. You are always welcome to attend these assemblies.

The children will be learning through the topic, ‘Fun Festivals’, after half term. They will find out about firework night, Diwali, Hanukkah and, of course, Christmas! We will begin by finding out about firework and bonfire night. Please have a look at our Topic Web for information about what we will be learning and some ideas for ways in which you can support your child at home.

Our thinking question for the first week back will be: How can we keep safe on bonfire/firework night?
In literacy we will be learning to join in with repetitive refrains within stories and suggesting how they might end. This will help the children to develop their awareness of the way that stories are structured. At home you could share stories together and discuss what happens at the beginning, the middle and the end. Perhaps half term could be the perfect excuse to visit the library and enjoy sharing some books together! We will be sharing poems about firework night too.

In mathematics we will be working with numbers 1-10. We will be ordering these numbers and matching numerals to different amounts of objects. The children will also be comparing groups of objects and identifying when they have the same amount. At home you could use your number book to match numerals to different amounts of objects e.g. match number 6 to 6 conkers. You could also encourage your child to write numbers 1-10 as this is something we have been working on at school.

Other activities will include making a catherine wheel, listening to and making firework sounds, running skilfully and adjusting speed and direction and creating props to support role play.
If you have any kitchen roll inserts or large newspapers, these would be hugely appreciated in Early Years.

We wish you all a restful half term and look forward to seeing you back on the 31st October.
Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes and the EYs Team

Welcome to Early Years!

We hope you all had a great summer and are pleased to welcome you to St Martin’s. This is where your child begins their exciting journey...

We would like to begin by saying a huge ‘Well done’ to all the children in Fox, Dormouse and Badger Class who have settled in to school extremely well and have wowed us with how happy and confident they have been when entering the classroom. We are extremely pleased with our induction process and hope that you and your child have found it an enjoyable time. We really appreciate your feedback on our induction process so that we can improve our practice further each year. Later this week you will be sent an induction questionnaire, we would be very grateful if you could complete this.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Welcome to Early Years Information Session which was held on Wednesday 21st September. We hope you found this a valuable session and any questions you had were answered. Please find the Powerpoint slides from the meeting on this page for your reference. Remember that we are holding a Phonics Information Session for Early Years parents on Tuesday 27th September at 2.30pm. This meeting will also be repeated at 6.30pm. The aim of this meeting is to provide parents with an overview of phonics at St Martin’s, reading development within the Early Years and top tips to help your child at home. At the meeting you will also learn how to say each sound (phoneme) correctly which is hugely important when supporting your child at home. Your child will be bringing home a ‘Phonic Sound Book’ following this meeting.

We are pleased to inform you that we have now appointed a Learning Support Assistant for Fox Class. We welcome Mrs Verma to the Early Years team. Please find below the Early Years Team.

Badger Class - Class Teacher – Miss Cannon
LSAs – Mrs Tompkinson (Monday – Thursday), Mrs Day (Friday) & Mrs Smallbone (Wednesday AM)
SNA (Special Needs Assistant) – Miss Horlock

Fox Class - Class Teacher – Mrs Lockyer
LSAs – Mrs Verma (Monday – Friday) & Mrs Day (Wednesday PM)

Dormouse Class - Class Teacher – Mr Hughes
LSAs – Miss Smallbone (Tuesday – Friday) & Mrs Day (Monday & Wednesday AM).

Ms Sinnott & Mrs Stott work with children across all Early Years classes

Your children have been busy exploring their new environment and becoming familiar with the staff members in their class. Some children are already keen to free-flow and have ventured in to other Early Years classrooms to find out what is going on within the unit. Whilst the children have been getting used to their new school, they have also been practising a song (about a scarecrow), which you may have heard at home, ready for the Harvest Assembly.

The Harvest celebration is on Wednesday 28th September at 9.15am. As your children are new to the school, we felt it appropriate to make Early Years children part of the audience for this specific celebration. Therefore, children will be sitting with their backs to the audience. We thank you in advance for your support and co-operation with this, as we are keen to make this a ‘low-key’ event for our children.

This week (week beginning 26th September) our theme is Harvest & Autumn. Our ‘Thinking Question’ for the week is: What might you see in Autumn?

In Literacy this week we will be learning to show an interest in illustrations and print in a variety of books. We will be enjoying a range of texts and will be exploring further the stories of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Ginormous Turnip’. At home you could encourage your child to talk about their reading book and discuss what is happening in the various pictures. Your child will have brought home a wordless book last week. Reading wordless books are a crucial part of the reading process and learning to read. Please note that your child will read every week with their teacher or LSA, and will alternate so each child will read with their teacher fortnightly. Therefore, they will have their book changed once a week. If we are lucky enough to have parent helpers reading within the classroom then they will be changed more frequently. In light of this, please ensure that your child always has their reading book and reading record in their bookbag.

We will also begin phonics sessions this week which is a daily discrete session. Our focus sounds are ‘m’, ‘a’ and ‘s’. At home you could encourage your child to find a variety of objects that begin with this sound such as ‘milk’, ‘ants’ and ‘slugs’! Please let us know of any learning that your child does at home, or even a wow moment that amazes you. Through completing a ‘WOW moment’ certificate you can contribute to your child’s Learning Journey and let us know what your child can do at home. Please find the certificate template on the Early Years webpage. This is one way of contributing to your child’s Learning Journey. We also hold Open Door Sessions and send home activity scrapbooks at the end of each half term/term so that you can let us know what your child can now do at home.

In Maths this week we are learning to recognise that anything can be counted. We will be playing some mathematical games in order to investigate this. At home you could play a simple game whereby you clap a certain number of times whilst your child has their eyes closed. Can your child tell you how many claps you did? You could develop this game and incorporate stamps, jumps etc. Please find our autumn topic web and key vocabulary on the Early Years webpage for further ways that you can support your child at home.

Other activities this week include creating a reading den, singing familiar songs and carrying out a vegetable investigation!

Have a fantastic week!

Miss Cannon, Mrs Lockyer, Mr Hughes and the EYs Team