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Early Years

Welcome to the new half-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 ‘Castles’. As always we will be following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, predominantly learning through play. This half term we will begin by using lots of stories that involve castles, both traditional and modern, as starting points for our learning. Staff will then plan a range of exciting, stimulating and challenging activities to promote understanding and skills, based on the interests of the children. We anticipate that this will involve lots of dragons, knights and princesses!
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 may 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 and to encourage lots of lovely conversations at home about things we do in school.. 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 do now get changed for these sessions – 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 the Early Years Unit. To support the development of a lifelong love of reading all our children borrow a book from the school library each week on Fridays (or Wednesday if your child does not attend school 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.

Reception children all read at least twice a week with a member of school staff. Two reading scheme books home are sent home each week to share with parents/carers. We are delighted with the progress that all our children are making with their reading – thank you so much for reading together!

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!

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