Term 5 Weeks 1 & 2
Initial Learning Pre Easter
Dear Parents and Carers,
We understand that this is a very tricky time for everybody but we hope we can make learning at home just a little bit easier.
Early Years is all about learning through play and we don’t want that to get lost at home. Some of the most important things you can do with your child is interacting, playing, reading and having fun. We have put together lots of different ideas for you, including play-based, hands-on activities, as well as some literacy and maths practise.
We have put together a list of activities for you to choose from with links at the bottom. Many websites are kindly offering free access during this period. We do not expect you to do every activity on the list but instead have offered a wide selection to choose from.
We have created a visual timetable in line with how we usually do things in school. We hope this will help you and your child keep in some routine and normality! Share the timetable with your child so they know what to expect each day.
We will be sending home an empty exercise book for each child – feel free to use this as a place to record any home learning in a scrapbook style (much like our special learning journey books at school).
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share (we would also love to see what you have been up to – send us a photo or two if you’d like!)
Thank you for your continued support, we hope to see you very soon!
Mrs Bacon and Miss Winter
If you need help with learning at home please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you put FAO: teacher (insert name) in the subject line
An Introduction to EYFS at Nova Primary School
At Nova we recognise that all children are unique individuals with their own personalities, interests, abilities and needs. We ensure that each individual is able to learn, make progress, feel included and enjoy their time in Reception.
We believe that positive relationships between school and parents/carers, and between school and the child are critical in supporting learning and development. We hope that you will share your ideas and thoughts with us, and help us to make your child’s first experiences of school to be as positive and productive as possible.
The physical environment plays a crucial role in supporting and extending children’s development and our school has invested great resources creating bespoke areas to provide the best possible blend of experiences. We have a room for learning through child initiated play, an adult led group room, and a recently refurbished outside learning garden. Children can free flow between these areas throughout the day with adults in each area to support and challenge children during their play.
Using these areas, and the resources they contain, we plan for children across 7 areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We also plan to develop three characteristics of effective learning:
- Playing and Exploring (finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’).
- Active Learning (being involved and concentrating, keeping trying and enjoying achieving what they set out to do).
- Creative & Critical Thinking (having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things).
We aim to ensure that your child will have the best possible start to their time at Nova, and finish the year with skills, knowledge, attitudes and aptitudes to stand them in good stead. Please let us know if there is anything you think we can do to ensure this happens as best it possibly can.