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Foundation

Welcome to your first term at Sacred Heart School!

We hope you have had a lovely holiday and are ready to start learning lots and having fun at school.

The first half-term will be about settling the children into the routines of school life and making lots of new friends, which fits perfectly with our first topic;

All about me! Am I a superhero?

Every day, we provide opportunities for children to come together to learn and share their experiences. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements. The curriculum is centred around children’s interests with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.

Reception timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

8.45

Registration & Soft start/ INTERVENTIONS/Reading /Pray

 

9.15

Phonics

Phonics

Phonics

RE

Understanding the world

 

9.30

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

10.30

Maths

Maths

Literacy

Phonics

 

11:00

Literacy

 

Literacy

PE

    Maths

Phonics

 

Literacy

 

11.30

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

11.35/11.45

Review free flow

 Review free flow

Review free flow

Review free flow

Review free flow

 

12.00

Pray/Lunchtime

 

1.00

Registration/Pray

 

1.05

NELI

NELI

NELI

Reading

NELI

 

1.25

PSED/RSE

Expressive Art and Design/ ICT/UW

Maths

reading/Handwriting Child initiated activities

Observations

Expressive Art and Design/ ICT

Child initiated activities,

Observations

 

PE

 

2.30

Handwriting/ Reading

Child initiated activities,

  Observations

 

 

Story time/ Reading

 

2:45

Story time/RE

Story time

Story time/RE

Story time

Assembly

 

3.00

Pray/Home Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Environment

Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play indoors and outside. We provide children many different opportunities of learning with carefully, tailored plans which allow children to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources. In EYFS children will learn and develop different skills for life, we tailor our progression map curriculum according to our children’s unique needs.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provides the foundation children with all they need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The EYFS framework specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. 

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language (CL)
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Physical development (PD)

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world (UW)
  • Expressive arts and design (EAD)

Attached below - progression maps for different areas

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at Sacred Heart will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. The curriculum and experiences that we provide are suitable for EYFS children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.  The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn.  They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.  Development is not an automatic process, however.  It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

You could find further information about the reforms in the EYFS curriculum in “The Early Learning Goals, guide for Parents and Carers”

Attached below - ELGS guide for parents

Reading in EYFS

In Foundation Stage children will learn their phonics sounds by being inspired by the Phonics Fairy, the children are taught the sounds of the letters through the StoryTime Phonics programme and whole class teaching. Each sound is linked to a real book and has an action to help the children remember and relate the sound to the book.

StoryTime Phonics follows the phases of the Letters and Sounds document. Alongside learning the sounds, the children are taught to read and write Tricky Troll and Fairy words (common high frequency words). They are taught the skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for spelling. 

Attached below - Phonics in Reception

In a couple of weeks time the children will be bringing home sounds to learn and practise and we will send reading books to share with you at home when possible. Please write a short comment in their reading record books so that we know their book is ready to be changed.

Other information

If your child is having school dinners please choose with them at home using the live kitchen website, this saves time at school and ensures the children will have a meal they will enjoy.Live kitchen link

P.E days in Reception class: Will be on Wednesdays and Fridays - please ensure your child is wearing their PE kit on these dates from the week beginning 4th October.

We are sure your child will be very happy at Sacred Heart, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at via email schooloffice@sacredheart.peterborough.sch.uk

Thank you for your on-going support.

Mrs Lopez and Mrs Wilson