Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an integral part of Firs Primary School. Our aim is to provide an environment where each child feels happy, safe and secure. At the start of the academic year 2015, we had a refurbishment giving us a newly decorated environment and brand new equipment to help support and develop the children in their learning. The Foundation Stage unit includes all children in Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 . Foundation 1 (FS1) is sometimes called ‘nursery and Foundation 2 (FS2) is also known as ‘reception’.
At Firs Primary School we take guidance from Development Matters in the EYFS (a non-statutory guidance to help us to teach the statutory guidance). Set out in this document are the themes and principles that underlie our practice in the Foundation Stage.
The Early years Foundation Curriculum is based on ongoing observation and assessment in three prime and four specific areas of learning and the three learning characteristics, which are set out below:
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Miss R Marley – EYFS team leader/teacher
Miss F Gilder – EYFS teacher
Mrs A Ottewell – EYFS teaching assistant
Mrs L Capewell – EYFS teaching assistant
Each class has one child who represents their class on the school council. The school council allows the children to voice their opinions and to improve their school. Our school councillors are;
Each class has a Dojo Master. Their job is to make sure everyone is following the Firsy values; Fascinated, Independent, Respectful, Sociable and having a You can do it attitude. They also get the opportunity to greet visitors who come to visit the class.
Every week, pupils from each class are chosen to go into the school Gold Book, this may be either for following our ‘Firsy Five’ school values or to be recognised for an achievement. The children will receive a certificate and sticker in assembly.
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We recognise the importance of children having access to good quality texts throughout their time at school. Some of the books that we will read over the year include-
We’re really excited to cover the following topics this year!
Autumn 1 & 2- Will you read me a story?
Spring 1- Are we there yet?
Spring 2- Why do Zebras have stripes?
Summer 1- Are carrots orange?
Summer 2- What is a reflection?/ What’s that sound?
This term (Autumn) our topic is called ‘Will you read me a story?’ We will be learning all about Fairytales and how they differ in settings, characters and events as well as the countries they come from. The children will learn to orally retell the stories and innovate them by changing the setting, characters or events. The children will also begin to write captions, recounts of events and book reviews.
Each week the children will have the opportunity to take home a new library book. This could be shared together at bedtime. During the year, we will also send out other materials that you can support your child with at home.
Your child will be given a reading book to take home. We would encourage you to read with them as much as possible. We will hear your child read their reading book once a week and in addition they will have daily reading practice during our Read Write Inc sessions. We will change your child’s reading book weekly.
This will be sent home weekly on a Friday. Please help your child but we would like them to be as independent as possible. We do not send home anything for the children that we have not covered in class or spoken about. Please return the home learning book by the following Wednesday.
Reception will have the opportunity to have a teacher led PE session on a Tuesday.
On the odd occasion our PE day might change due to other experiences at school. Please can your children bring their PE kit in at the beginning of each half term and take it home at the end to wash.
Tuesday 10th September – Back to school