Heath Fields Primary School

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Our EYFS curriculum is practical and interest driven, however children are expected to spend short amounts of time throughout the day on the carpet and listen. We ask for children to listen when it is  whole class time and expect that children follow our carpet time rules, which are; good sitting, good looking and good listening . In EYFS the rest of the time is free-choice or completing adult- led tasks and the children can get a drink or go to the toilet whenever they choose. We like the children to lead their learning and think it is very important to learn through play. 

Curriculum

We are following the new and updated EYFS curriculum 2021. We learn mostly through topics and children's interests and we follow Development Matters. 

We use lots of continuous provision, known as free-choice and have direct teaching sessions in phonics, guided reading, writing, topic, Talk4writing, maths, music, PE, PSHE and our Understanding the World which includes RE, Science, History and Geography.

Maths is taught through a mastery approach where children consolidate their number knowledge and we like to encourage children to show me and explain to me. An example is looking at the five-ness of five and exploring number bonds to 5 rather than just knowing number formation for the number 5. This term we are looking at numbers 9 & 10, then the composition of ten, using addition, subtraction and number bonds. 

Phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds and the programme Bug Club. We begin with Phase 2 which are the single letter sounds. These need to be taught as ‘pure’ sounds. This term we will be completing the remaining sets of Phase 3 phonics and then consolidating our reading and writing using our phase 3 sounds. 

We follow the scheme ‘Letter Join’ to teach handwriting, which is a whole school approach. We teach the letters in print. 

Topic

This term, we will be starting off using our much-loved story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We will be engaged in role play, small world, sensory experiences and lots of opportunities before changing the story to make it our own!

We will be looking at Bears and Caves and maps to make our own journeys. 

 

The second half of the term we will be looking at Supertato and the Evil Pea. This will lead onto our Healthy food discussions and looking at the fruits and vegetables we like, where they come from and linking our science and Geography.

 

We will look at our Easter celebrations and the Easter Story.

 

We do not do ‘Show and tell’ but we will talk about our weekends on a Monday morning. This will eventually be replaced by your child drawing a picture of, and talking about, their weekend and eventually having a go at writing about their weekend, representing with words and then sentences. So, please chat with your child on a Monday morning about what they would like to share in class. We ask that children do not bring toys, games, or valuable items into school as they may get lost or broken.

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Homework

We understand that weekends can be a busy time; so it is not very often that we send homework. Our priority in EYFS is that you read with your child as often as you can. Please sign to say you have read. 

 If there are no comments, we presume your child hasn’t read at home.

ALL children will start with picture books. and these will progress to books with words as the children retain their sounds. As we learn a new sound in class, we will attach a sound card to your child's reading diary. Please revisit these sound cards as often as you can to help them learn the sounds. You could look for those sounds in your books, or you could put the sounds on doors as passcodes to see them more frequently. if you would like more ideas then please ask. 

 

We have a number of books which we have been donated. We will eventually let the children take a 'library' book home to read as a bedtime story. If you have any unwanted books at home, please send them in!

 

As your child begins to learn their phonics, we will issue an online phonics book. 

Bug club www.bugclub.co.uk is our online library. 

It is important to practice the phonics sounds as much as possible. The books link to the phonics sounds we teach and can be read on a tablet, laptop or phone. Great for car journeys and waiting times. These will help with the phonics programmes taught in school and eBooks will be issued in the first term. A log in will come home in your child's reading record during Term 1. Please keep this safe as it will have a username and password which you will need to access the online resources. We will let you know via Tapestry when the eBooks will start. 

From time to time, we may ask you to do an additional task over the weekend or holidays, usually to fit in with our topics or themes. 

 

Tapestry

Tapestry is there for you to use as frequently as you like. As we only get to see a snippet of learning in school, it is valuable for you to share any achievements outside of school with us. The more posts the better to help us see your child’s application of skills at home.

If we send you a Tapestry post, then we really appreciate a ‘like’ or a comment, as we will also do the same when you send us posts. We spend a lot of our time at home uploading onto Tapestry, so it is lovely to know that you are seeing the posts and have a dialogue about the things we have been doing and things that your child has particularly enjoyed. Please keep comments supportive, and if you have a query then pop us a separate message.

 

 

Parents Involvement

If you need to speak to us the best time to get hold of us is after school, however please be understanding that it is difficult to chat as we are releasing the children at the end of the day Alternatively, send us a message on Tapestry and we can arrange a time to call you. 

 

The school day starts at 8.45-8.55 and finishes at 3.10 which is five minutes before the rest of the school, so we can release the children before it gets busy. 

Please continue to support your child at home by consolidating learning and sharing it on Tapestry so that we can create a greater profile of your child's learning.

If your child has any allergies, please let us know. We often have snack, reward time or topic work that involves food tasting, so it is important that you tell us. Children have free milk and fruit everyday and for the first term, we will provide an afternoon snack of crackers or biscuits similar to nursery.

PLEASE only send water in your child’s water bottle as we do not allow juice or squash in class. If your child has sandwiches and wants juice for their lunchtime drink, then this is fine, however, they will only be given water throughout the rest of the day.

 

Lunch times

It is important that your child has a full tummy after lunch to help them learn.  Please have a look at the menu and send your child with a packed lunch if they do not like anything on the menu for that day.