Early Years and Foundation Stage
Beginning school is a major event in the life of a four year old. At South Bersted CE Primary School, we strongly believe in encouraging our children to be independent learners through a range of practical activities. We follow a thematic curriculum which allows us to be creative with our lessons and lets the children follow and develop their own interests.
Throughout the year, there is a clear structure to the day that is focused on the 7 key areas of the Early Learning Goals:
- Communication and language,
- Personal, social and emotional development,
- Physical development,
- Understanding the world,
- Expressive arts and design.
In capturing your child’s progress, we produce a Learning Journal, which will include observations, your child’s work and pictures of their achievements against the Early Learning Goals.
We recognise and value the importance of working collaboratively with parents and carers to ensure children make the best start to their education at South Bersted. Therefore, through the use of ‘WOW Moments’ we encourage you to record and share observations at home.
During the first half of the Autumn Term, pupils will learn the routines and expectations. Creative themes focus initially on Who am I? Children begin by getting to know their new classmates and sharing stories about their families and the things they like to do. This leads into thinking about ourselves and the things that make us unique. We discuss our own talents and skills and the skills we would like to have. Following this children begin a short topic on Superheroes supported by the text Supertato and taking part in a Superhero Day full of exciting challenges. The end of a busy first half term at school asks the children to think about real life Superheroes including the emergency services and is supported by a visit from the Fire Engine. A camp fire afternoon allows children to reflect on all they have done since starting school. During this half term parents and pupils share a Bedtime Breakfast to enable parents to meet other parents and allow pupils to demonstrate some of the things they have been doing in class.
The second half term is just as busy! Our new topic is Once Upon A Time! Where children will become familiar with traditional fairy tales such as The Gingerbread Man and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will be learning how to recall and retell stories with lots of focus on imaginative play and acting out through the use of drama to extend our vocabulary. Alongside this, pupils are busy learning lines and songs for their first school Nativity.
This term also sees an outdoor learning day based on the theme of Autumn. Pupils begin to attend assembly with the rest of the school.
Children start this term with the topic ‘Off We Go!’ We will have an exciting scooter day with lots of outdoor activity. Children then look at different modes of transport and have the chance to go on both a bus ride around the town and a train trip further afield. We will have a space week during the term which will involve an exciting astronaut training day consisting of different challenges! One of the texts we will be learning about is The Hundred Decker Bus which will provide lots of writing opportunities for describing our own journeys!
The second half of the term follows the creative theme ‘Dragons and Fairies’. We will be reading stories and fairy tales linked to this topic including Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and How to Catch a Dragon. We will receive letters and visits from the fairies who live in our playground overnight and we will find a dragon egg on the playground! We will also learn about growth linked to Jack and the Beanstalk, and the lifecycle of animals including chicks and tadpoles. A second outdoor learning day this half term focuses on signs of Spring.
Learning in the first half of the Summer Term begins with the topic ‘Our World’ where we will begin to learn about the world we live in, including the animals, countries, religions and food. We will spend a week learning about animals on the farm and to support this learning we will visit Staunton Country Park where the children will get to meet some of the animals up close. We will talk about pets and different animals found all over the world. Learning this half term is supported by looking at non- fiction texts.
The second half of this term follows the topic Treasure Island! Pupils will explore things that could be found on a treasure island including pirates, mermaids and dinosaurs! We will be reading the text ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ and we will have a pirate day to follow up our learning. We will also be learning about creatures that live in the sea and our texts include ‘Sharing a Shell’ and ‘Barry The Fish With Fingers’.
During this term children begin their transition to Year 1. In class learning is adapted with more whole class session taking place in preparation for the Year 1 curriculum and timetable. Children begin to play outside on the big playground and field with the rest of the school during break and lunchtimes. Children also make a number of visits to the Year 1 classroom to meet the teacher and experience their new environment.
A final outdoor learning day takes place with a focus on Summer and is a chance for the children to look back and celebrate their achievements during their first year at school.