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Early Years

Welcome to the Autumn term in Early Years!

We are delighted to have welcomed lots of new families into our Early Years community and are delighted to say that all the children have settled well into both Nursery and Reception.
This term we are going to have fun and begin our learning with our new topic ‘Rhymes’. We will focus on learning a range of traditional and more modern rhymes and use these as a starting point for our individual learning journies. Staff will plan a range of exciting, stimulating and challenging activities to promote understanding and skills.
In the Early Years Unit we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, learning through play. We have lots of lovely resources in our classroom and outdoor area so we are always busy playing and learning together .Throughout the year, staff will plan lots of stimulating activities however, please remember that we will also follow the interests of your children as this will be the best way to ensure that they are motivated to learn
Please see the Learning Overviews for Nursery and Reception for more details of our planned learning. As usual, more detailed weekly plans are on display in the nursery cloakroom. If you would like to find out more about how we plan for your child’s learning please do not hesitate to chat to a member of Early Years staff.
You will notice your child occasionally wearing a “Ask me about………” sticker. This is to help your child to remember some of the exciting activities we enjoy in the Unit. Do please ask them to explain what the sticker is all about!

Staff will continue to share observations of your child’s learning and experiences through our super online assessment tool, Tapestry. It is always really great to read contributions from home and the children love sharing photographs from home with their friends. Thanks to all of our parents who have uploaded photos or comments to Tapestry so far this year. If you would like staff to chat with you about how to upload to Tapestry, please feel free to ask at any time. Also, please shout up if you have mislaid your password – they are very easily reset!

As usual, learning in the Early Years Unit will take place both indoors and outside. Please ensure that your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the weather – raincoats, wellies, sunhats and suncream might all be necessary this term!
P.E. sessions with our fantastic specialists will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Reception children will begin to get changed for these sessions soon – please ensure that your child has a named P.E. kit in school or speak to a member of EY staff if you need to borrow a spare kit.
Nursery children do not need P.E. kit.

Reading is at the very heart of everything we do in Reception. To support the development of a lifelong love of reading our Reception children all borrow a book from the school library each week on Fridays. Your child chooses these books independently and they are for you to read together for pleasure. Please return the book each week ready for it to be changed on Friday thanks.
As we approach half term your child will bring home a reading book to share with you – more details to follow.
Although Nursery children don’t have formal reading books, reading is also central to the Nursery day. Your child shares a range of high quality picture books each day as well as learning Nursery rhymes and songs. Please support your child by continuing to share books with them – nothing beats a bedtime story!

Reception children at Tesco, Hexham.

We love doing woodwork!

Happy Mothers Day

Celebrating World Book Day

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