Meet our Early Years Team
Early Years Education at Seabridge Primary School.
We believe that it is important to provide an Early Years Education that aims to meet the individual needs of every child in our care, both educationally and pastorally. Children develop most quickly in the Early Years and high quality early learning provides the foundation children need to fulfil their potential to make the most of their abilities as they grow up.
We offer children rich experiences in a variety of situations, in a happy, active, safe and secure environment that invites them to engage fully in their learning. We support development, care and learning needs through play following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), striving to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to 5. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all 7 areas.
The E.Y.F.S. focuses on seven areas of learning, these are;
Learning and development in the EYFS.
At Seabridge Primary School, learning and development in Nursery and Reception takes place through a wide range of adult-directed and child-initiated and enhanced activities. Learning through play and first hand practical experiences provide the children with the opportunity to develop in all seven areas of learning. This can also be interlinked i.e several areas of learning and development will take place during any one activity. We currently provide a rolling program of topics throughout the Nursery and Reception classes and parents are encouraged to support their children with their learning. We incorporate the children’s interests and ideas within the planning to provide personalised learning experiences. The foundation stage classes are adjacent to each other and we have a shared outdoor area where all foundation stage children can learn together.
Characteristics of Learning
We also integrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning into all aspects of the EYFS curriculum. These are:
This incorporates finding out and exploring. Playing with what they know and being willing to have a go.
This is how involved the child is, how well they concentrate, keep trying and how they enjoy achieving what they set out to do.
Do they have their own ideas, how they make links with their learning and choose ways to do things.
EYFS for Parents
For further information see this website for invaluable information and documentation for parents:
What to expect, when?
It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child’s development through the different age bands of the EYFS.
What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.
This latest addition to the EYFS suite of materials is available to download as a free pdf.
Please find the Parents' Guide for the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework below.
Autumn Term 2017.
We would like to say a really big well done to all of the Nursery children for settling so well. We have had a lovely first week getting to know them and look forward to exciting times ahead.
The Nursery Team
A few reminders;
Please can you ensure all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled. We have already got some items of clothing without names which makes it impossible for staff to return to the correct child.
All children need a spare change of clothing to be kept on their peg. We find that a plain PE bag is best as the children are more willing to leave this in school. If your child does have an accident, the bag will be sent home with a note inside along with the wet items. Please ensure that fresh clothes are put in the bag and it is returned the next day. The only only other bags the children need are the red book bag and their dinner if they stay for lunch.
Children do not need a water bottle in Nursery as we provide milk, water and fruit. Children who stay for dinner do need a drink with their lunch.
All children need a suitable coat and a pair of wellies. The wellies stay in school on your child's peg so that they can access the muddy area in the garden. Please do not send your child in an expensive coat as they will come home muddy!!
If you need to speak to staff, either before school or at lunch time we ask that you wait for all of the children to enter Nursery or exit at lunch time, as it is paramount that the children's safety comes first. If children have forgotten items at home time, we ask that you wait until all of the children have gone out to parents as it is very difficult for staff to safeguard the children if we have children coming in and out of the door.
The first few weeks.
The first few weeks will be spent building up strong relationships with your children to ensure they feel happy, safe and secure. Staff will be observing your children in order to make initial baseline assessments. We will send home a questionnaire about your child's development which we ask that you complete and send back to school as soon as possible as we use this within our assessments.
Alongside our baseline assessments, we will be focusing on 'Ourselves'. Within this we will cover Nursery rhymes and Favourite stories. We will also cover Autumnal activities as the weather changes.
Summer Term 2017.
Spring Term 2- Topic "People Who Help Us".
Spring Term 2. Curriculum Letter.
A warm welcome back after the half term!
This half term in Nursery our topic is "People who help us". We will start by looking at people who help us at home and around school. We will then move onto looking at people who help us in our community. We are looking for visitors to come into school to talk to the children who work in the occupations noted on the above topic web. If you know of anyone who would be happy to do this please speak to a member of the Nursery staff. We would be very grateful as it really brings the topic to life for the children.
We are continuing to work through our letter sounds this half term-recognising and hearing initial sounds in words and segmenting and blending simple words. We will continue to send home the letter sheets as we cover them so you are aware of what we are completing in class.
Discussion/ picture books.
Over the next few weeks, we will begin to send home a discussion book to share at home. We will begin by giving the confident communicators a book and then will work through the rest of the children when we feel they are ready. A letter will follow with more information about this.
Hopefully the weather will now start to pick up!! We ask that your child has a pair of wellingtons kept in school as we will start to use the muddy garden area much more. Children still need a suitable coat please.
Nursery Spring Term 1- Topic Web
Nursery Spring Term Curriculum Letter
Autumn Topic Focus: 'All About Me'
Nursery Autumn Curriculum Letter
Jolly Phonics Phase 2
We celebrate our British Values
Take a look at some of the exciting things we did in Nursery over the past few years. We look forward to all of the exciting times we will share over the coming year 2016-2017.