Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to Early Years
We would like your child to have a very happy and successful first year with us as they start their educational journey at Grenoside Community Primary School.
FSKS | Miss Sawyer
FSAM | Mrs Mitchell
PPA cover teacher | Miss Warrender
Support staff | Miss Warrender, Mrs Frost
The children will need to feel confident with their morning routine, so please help them to be as independent as possible in putting their things away and in completing their morning activity.
An interactive whiteboard will detail an activity to work on, the menu choice for lunch time and a visual timetable will display the events of the day.
What do we need each day?
Please ensure your child brings to school their coat each day.
We do try to go out whatever the weather so a waterproof is essential. We would also request that children keep a pair of wellies in school. We often like to go on adventures around school and wellies help to keep the school (and your school shoes!) clean and tidy. Please ensure all items are clearly named.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, we encourage reading as much as possible to help children in their first stages of learning, to work towards them becoming confident and able readers.
Please encourage your child to read on a daily basis (where possible!) for a short time and record how they do in their reading record, this can then act as a two-way dialogue between home and school to share positive achievements and reading targets. We will also be sending home sets of high frequency words; these are words which can’t be decoded by sounding out, and should be learnt on sight. We encourage children to discuss the book’s features, characters and events in detail, responding to questioning in full sentences. The level of the book they take home should not be overly difficult for them (they should be able to read at approximately 90% accuracy with the words). This is so they can enjoy and understand the book as well as using their phonics knowledge to decode some unfamiliar words. Your child will read 1-1 with an adult in school at least once each week.
Miss Sawyer | Monday
Mrs Mitchell | Tuesday
Please ensure your child has their PE kit with them in school every day.
Although PE is on set days, this may change depending on other activities taking place across school throughout the year. PE kits should include a white T-shirt, navy shorts and pumps. Please ensure all items are named. Long hair will need to be tied up. As well as in discrete PE lessons, children have continuous opportunities for physical development in the outdoor area of provision as they have access to a range of sporting equipment and balancing and climbing apparatus. Jewellery should not be worn for PE - please remove this on PE days.
In the autumn term we plan go on a whole school visit to the Pantomime, this is a fantastic and magical experience for all the children to enjoy together.
We also hope to spend time visiting the local woodland area, and exploring the Grenoside community each half term to make the most of our amazing local surroundings.
In the summer term we hope plan a visit as part of our topic ‘How Does your Garden Grow?’ This will be booked nearer the time and parents will be informed of this experience. There will also be opportunities for children to enjoy external visitors coming into school throughout the year.
Please look out and keep your eyes peeled for updates on parent workshops.
For these sessions, we invite parents in to school to enable them to learn more about the way in which children learn so you are able to build upon the learning which we when you are at home.