EYFS - Nursery & Reception

The team produce a weekly plan for the areas inside the classroom, which is displayed on the wall/door. This will tell you about the different activities for each area of learning and the key questions that we will be asking the children each week. This plan is also sent on Class Dojo, along with other photographs, news and reminders, so please check the class page regularly.

At Chapel Street Primary School we believe that all children are entitled to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, which will enable all children to reach their full potential and develop personally, socially, academically, spiritually, morally and aesthetically.

It is the aim of our Nursery and Reception to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which each child is valued as an individual, developing the self-confidence and the ability to interact effectively with others.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum ‘Development Matters’ as this is a statutory framework that sets out a broad range of knowledge and skills to develop the children’s learning in the Foundation Stage.

The children will be learning skills, knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design

The Early Years curriculum at Chapel Street is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow and cater for your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn through playing and exploring, being active and inquisitive and developing their creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning. The activities that you do with your child at home are essential in supporting their learning and development, and are critical to your child’s learning as they progress through school. For example, talking, listening, reading, singing nursery rhymes, cooking and baking or playing outside with them.

 

Nursery at Chapel Street

Learning in Nursery

In Nursery we spend a large amount of our day engaged in play activities these may be adult-led or child-led. This is vitally important as when children are engaged in an interest they are highly motivated and show a desire to learn. Our highly skilled staff are able to assess when to interact with children to provide them with further provocation, encouragement to continue persevering with a task and to develop language. By observing children in their play we know when it is right to interact with the child or children and when to hold back to ensure we don’t interfere with children’s learning and demotivate them.

Daily Routine
8:30-8:45 Door is open, children and families are welcomed into the nursery to access our play opportunities and over the year complete some starter session tasks.
8:45-9.00 Chn will go to their base carpet for registration, daily calendar chat and some topic provocations.
9:00-9:30 Chn will access continuous provision indoors/outdoors
9:30-9:45 Chn will return to their Carpet for their first group session. This could have a story, mark-making, maths or phonics focus.
9:45-10:35 Chn will access continuous provision indoors/outdoors
10:35-10:50 Chn will return to their Carpet for their second group session. This could have a story, mark-making, maths or phonics focus.
10:50-11:10 Chn will all go outside to access provision or play group games
11:10-11:25 Home time carpet including a story, songs and reflection time.
11:25-11:30 Home time
12:15-12:30 Door is open, children and families are welcomed into the nursery to access our play opportunities and over the year complete some starter session tasks.
12:30-12:45 Chn will go to their base carpet for registration, daily calendar chat and some topic provocations.
12:45-1:15 Chn will access continuous provision indoors/outdoors
1:15-1:30 Chn will return to their Carpet for their first group session. This could have a story, mark-making, maths or phonics focus.
1:30-2:20 Chn will access continuous provision indoors/outdoors
2:35-2:55 Chn will return to their Carpet for their second group session. This could have a story, mark-making, maths or phonics focus.
2:55-3:10 Chn will all go outside to access provision or play group games
12:45-1:15 Home time carpet including a story, songs and reflection time.

 

Every day children will have the opportunity to;

  • Explore
  • Sing Songs
  • Play instruments
  • Join in with stories
  • Count
  • Draw, paint and write
  • Role play
  • Create
  • Run, climb and balance
  • Play with water and/or sand
  • Squeeze playdough
  • Construct
  • Relax
  • Enjoy snack with friends
  • Smile and laugh

 

Parent workshops

Phase One Phonics Workshop Powerpoint

Phase Two Phonics Workshop Powerpoint

Writing Workshop Workshop Powerpoint

Mathematics Workshop Powerpoint

 

In Nursery we plan carefully for each stage of reading, ensuring children develop a love of books, have many opportunities to listen to stories, tell their own stories, begin to recognise familiar print around them and start to play with letters and sounds.

  • Develop a love for books and story language
  • Develop a sense of rhythm and musicality
  • Play listening games, silly soup, Georgie’s gym, bears picnic
  • Join in with familiar books using words and actions
  • Differentiate between words and illustrations
  • Begin to recognise familiar print in the environment
  • Use letters and sounds in our play

In Nursery we plan carefully for the different elements of mathematical learning. We hope to develop an enjoyment for number and number sense whilst encouraging the use of mathematical talk. The children will also be able to engage in shape, space and measure work through construction activities, baking and playdough club.

  • Use numbers in our play
  • Begin to count objects, actions and sounds
  • Use the language of quantity
  • Play dice games and recognise the pattern (subitise)
  • Use language involved in shape, space and measure when constructing
  • Begin to recognise numerals
  • Begin to recognise numerals

In Nursery we are dedicated to promoting language and social communication. These are the basics skills required for learning.

  • Ready, steady, go activities that require children to ask for more
  • Offering a choice between two and encouraging a child to orally say one before giving it to them
  • The unexpected – putting a hat on hands, putting a banana in a cup
  • Adults playing alongside and commentating on play
  • Singing nursery rhymes
  • Playing cooperatively and negotiate ideas

Reception at Chapel Street

All children will complete the EYFS profile by the end of Reception as part of statutory end of key stage assessment. Staff who work with the children carry out ongoing assessments and observations and use this to fill in the profile and report the outcomes. We have high expectations of our children and support all individuals to reach their potential.

In Reception our learning is developed through topics which are developed through the children’s interests and understanding. With key learning objectives and questions that nurture their language, thinking, reasoning and understanding in all areas.

Children have planned daily sessions of:

Teacher-led learning in Literacy (reading, writing, phonics) and Maths (numbers and shape, space and measure)

Independent learning through Literacy and Maths activities providing well-planned opportunities for children to apply and challenge their skills and new learning.

We provide a challenging, stimulating, exciting environment to enable every child to reach their potential and to build strong foundations to continue on their learning journey through school.

You can find out more about the EYFS at www.foundationyears.org where there is a “Parents guide to EYFS”

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