Welcome to another exciting year in the EYFS Department at Our Lady of the Rosary RCVA Primary School. Mrs Atkinson is our EYFS leader, who works with Miss Carter teaching in Reception, and Mrs White teaches in Nursery. Support staff working in our EYFS Department are: Mrs Quinn, Mrs Elrick, Mrs Jones and Mrs Lisle.
Life at Our Lady of the Rosary is filled with play, fun and learning. Our EYFS is a large learning community, but every child is known as a unique individual. We work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that every child is happy, safe and learning as much as they can.
Here is a link to Childcare Choices – a Government website with all the information you need to know about your childcare eligibility.
2 year old ‘Play and Learn’ sessions – Early Learners
From September 2016, we are offering a limited number of 2 year old Play and Learn spaces. For more information or to apply, please click this link to visit the Durham County Council Frequently Asked Questions, or please do not hesitate to contact our school office and ask to speak to Mrs Atkinson, who will contact you with more information.
The word ‘curriculum’ is used to describe all of the learning experiences that children have at nursery and in reception. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in nursery through to the end of their reception year in our school. We plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and activities we provide. In EYFS we follow the children’s interests, and allow them to plan their own next steps in learning, therefore it is highly likely that various topics will emerge from the children themselves, although we do plan for many learning experiences throughout the year.
Please view our Planned Curriculum which is located in Our Curriculum section of our website.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
We work within the statutory framework for EYFS to ensure that all children are learning and developing. Here is a quote from our EYFS policy:
“Assessment mostly happens in the moment (formative assessment). Teachers and practitioners are constantly observing and asking questions to find out what children know and understand so they can adapt their teaching and the activities they provide to support next step learning for each child.
In Nursery and Reception, teachers make summative assessment judgements on children’s all round progress at the end of each half term.”
To find out more, please see our EYFS policy below.
Have you registered your child for their free milk? Click the Cool Milk logo…
Splish, Splash, Splosh!
As part of our provision, children have access to our Nursery and Reception Gardens in all weather. We have suitable waterproof clothing for all, but please send in a pair of wellies for your child to use in wet weather.
To play Mathletics, click here. (You will need your Mathletics username and password)
To play Spellodrome, click here. (You will need your Spellodrome username and password)
To visit Phonics Play website click here
Below is a link to the Boowa & Kwala website:
Find lots more useful links to EYFS websites by clicking here .
Our reception class liturgy is on Wednesday 21st June, all are welcome. Please remember sun hats and cream throughout our warm weather. This term we will be having our Sports Day and family BBQ on Tuesday 4th July. Also this term, all EYFS parents will receive their child’s progress reports. In reception, the reports will explain whether your child has met age related expectations yet within each area of learning. For more information, see below ‘Year Group Expectations’ and you can download the ‘What to expect, when?’ guide for parents.
Springing into action
In reception, children are really starting to fly with reading, and we welcome our brand new starters to nursery. There are lots of exciting celebrations coming up this term: reception children are visiting the local library, and we will be inviting parents into school/nursery for a Magical Me craft session on Thursday 16th February (more details to follow). World Book Day is Thursday 2nd March, and children and parents will be invited to visit Tweddle Farm with school, to hopefully see and feed their new lambs. We will also be having another ‘Gardening Day’. Reception class are leading Liturgy at 9:10am on Wednesday 22nd March, followed by a Mother’s Day tea. Mums will receive invitations in due course.
Getting to know you
At Our Lady of the Rosary, we believe that when children set off for their first day of nursery or “big school,” they should feel happy, excited, confident and positive. We aim for this to happen at our school, by working hard to ensure children know where they are going, who will be there what they will be able to do when they’re there and how long they will be staying there.
“Transition will be successful if:-
1. Practitioners know each child, including their interests and needs
2. The school is able to meet these interests and needs
3. Practitioners have formed a relationship with each family
4. Children know, and like, the practitioners
5. Children are familiar and happy with their new school environment, its routines and expectations
6. Children have met and made friends with some of the other children who will be in their class”
At our school we work hard to ensure that, where possible, children:
- Visited our school/nursery for a play session
- Visited our school for a school lunch (where appropriate)
- Had staff visit them at home or at their nursery
- Had the opportunity to tell us about themselves (in their All About Me booklet)
We also try to ensure that all parents can attend a ‘meet the teacher’ information session outlining what children and their families can expect for their new start.
The rest of Autumn term is spent establishing routines, learning rules and setting expectations.
Building relationships with children and partnerships with parents
Click the Tapestry logo above to log in and view your child’s online learning journal. We see parents as partners in children’s learning. Tapestry is a great resource to ‘weave’ together all that children are learning at home as well as school.
Please ensure all your child’s clothing is labelled. The staff would also be grateful for any donations of baby wipes; spare clothes such as pants, socks and tights and contributions of £1 to the Early Years Fund. Last half term your £1 contributions helped us fund a Pirate party and picnic for our EYFS children.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year Group Expectations
Click here to visit the Foundation Years website, where you can download a free copy of ‘What to expect, when? A parents’ guide’. This guide will help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
As part of your child’s start to nursery and school, we aim to visit you & your child at home. Please click here for information about home visits.
Adobe Reader You may need a product like Adobe Reader (free download) to view our PDF documents on our website.