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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years and Foundation Stage at Halsford Park School prepares the children for the wider world through consistent modelling of good behaviour strategies and language, helping children to relate to both their peers and adults in a positive way, and helping children develop vital life-skills, such as safety, kindness and considerate behaviour.

Day to day, the children learn by working and playing in a free-flow environment in which they have constant access to a wide variety of resources, including computers, role-play areas, creative and outside areas. By fostering independence and encouraging initiative at all times, the children learn through self-initiation and play in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.

All teaching and learning is based around the government non-statutory document, Development Matters, and children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in the Prime and Specific Areas.
Teachers work closely with the children to ascertain and follow their interests, and so adapt the curriculum and learning to their specific needs. Short teaching inputs, group work, and one-to-one reading help ensure that the children are challenged and that the pace of learning is maintained.

 

 

Please follow these helpful links to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage..

Friday Phonics

 

Join us every Friday from 2.40pm for a short session that builds on the phonic sounds that we have been learning over the course of the year. If you do not know or remember how to pronounce a sound correctly or do not know the song or action, please ask the teacher and/or consult the Jolly Phonics booklet put in book bags at the beginning of the year.

 

Phonics Play 

                                                                                                

You can access this free resource to play phonics games at home.  The children particularly like the 'Buried Treasure' and 'Obb and Bob'games.  http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

 

Oxford Owl

                                                                                                  

Take a look at this free reading resource which includes e-books containing the Oxford Reading Tree characters.

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Tapestry 

 

Tapestry is an online resource which enables you to access your child's online learning journal.  You will need to provide the school with an email address in order to do this.  once you have done this and been registered by the school you can access this via this link:

https://tapestryjournal.com/

 

You will also be able to add your own comments to the observations that have been made and share what your child has been doing at home with us!

Our Learning

We have been looking at the story of 'The Gigantic Turnip' and exploring the story through role play with our friends.  We are also going to be making our own vegetable soup to try and thinking about how things are starting to change now it is Autumn.  

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