St. Peter's Catholic Primary School
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Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

The EYFS Staff

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff support the children as they embark on their learning journey through our school. Mrs Brogan (RJB) and Miss Evans (RAE) are the EYFS teachers. They are supported by Mrs Collinson, Mrs Richards and Mrs Sparey, the EYFS Teaching Assistants. PPA cover is provided by Mrs Davis in RAE fortnightly and Mrs Fox in RJB each week.

Summer Terms 2018 (April - July)

The children’s learning will be linked to different types of animals - pets, farm, jungle and mini beasts. The children will have opportunities to use money through play based scenarios, such as buying pets from a pet shop or inviting mini beasts to eat at the ‘Caterpillar Café’. Some teachers / teaching assistants will be bringing in their own pets to share with the children so that the children become aware of how we care for living things. We will be observing the growth of live caterpillars to help them learn about the life cycles of animals. We will learn some interesting animal facts about jungle animals and the children will be encouraged to find out more facts at home. We will also walk to St. James’ City Farm and have a visit from ZooLab to enhance the children’s learning.  

Supporting your child at home

It is important that the children practise their digraph/trigraph* sounds and high-frequency words at home, at least five times a week, so that they can be recalled quickly. Children have word sets, captions and books to develop their reading skills too.

Most children are now ready to practise spelling the high-frequency words in their yellow packets from memory. This can be supported through the look, cover, write, check method the children use during their Early Morning Task activities in school.

Young children also need as many daily stories as an adult is able to read from a book, recall from their own childhood or even make up! This helps children to develop their listening skills and build an understanding of story structure. In addition, it fosters their imagination, as well as being an enjoyable experience!

Home learning books are sent home every Friday and are due back the following Tuesday.

* digraph: two letters together that make one sound, such as ‘ai’ in the word ‘rain’.

trigraph: three letters together that make one sound, such as ‘air’ in the word ‘fair’.

Wow Vouchers

We hope that you will share your child’s achievements with us. These achievements should be independent and be things that have made you think, “WOW, I did not know you could do that!”
 
It could be that you have noticed that your child has mastered a new skill, e.g. riding a bike without stabilizers, recognising numbers, or writing their name with the correct letter formation. Or it may be that you have noticed that your child has developed confidence or become more independent in something.
 
Once completed, please send the WOW voucher into school so that we can celebrate the achievement in a Friday celebration assembly and also put it on display. A new voucher can be collected from each classroom. Alternatively, a WOW voucher for RJB (Mrs Brogan) or RAE (Miss Evans) can be downloaded by clicking on the name of your child’s class.
 

EYFS Curriculum

For more information please click on the The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum