Early Years Foundation Stage

Overview

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Queen’s Hill Primary School offers an engaging and nurturing environment for each child to learn and flourish.  Our goal is to instill a ‘Passion for Learning’ that will continue throughout pupils' lives by providing stimulating lessons, enquiry-based learning opportunities and a child-centred approach to help children develop their own love of learning.

We believe that each and every child has the right to achieve and in the Early Years we seek to develop this at every stage.  Our purpose built Nursery and Reception classrooms and outdoor area provide a rich environment in which the children can learn through their play and children are able to access our large outdoor area on a free-flow basis every day.  A balance of adult-directed and child-initiated learning ensures that children make progress across all areas of their learning and development. We follow the phonics scheme Read, Write, Inc. which teaches children to use letter sounds to support their reading and writing. We use a maths mastery approach when teaching early number skills.

At Queen’s Hill Primary School we see education as a partnership between the home and school. In the Early Years Foundation Stage we encourage and value open communication with parents and welcome them to take an active role in their child’s learning.  Good relationships between parents and staff are valued and there are frequent opportunities for parents to come in and share what their child has been doing.

Useful Websites

Here are some of the websites that can be accessed at home to support children’s learning and development specifically for the early years. Please find a list of suggested websites below. We hope you find this information useful and enjoy using these sites to enhance your child’s learning experiences at home!

Please do remember to review the sites ahead of time so that you are able to help your children find the best resources available within the sites. Some offer a great number of games, songs, stories, videos etc. so it is important to know the site well in order to support and develop your child’s learning.

www.busythings.co.uk
Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages available.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
Great site with some free phonics games

http://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html
Practise your phonics whilst reading simple comics

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/
Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories 
Cbeebies stories and rhymes.

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.

http://www.funwithspot.com/
New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.

www.sebastianswan.org.uk
Books for reading together with links to understanding of the world (good for natural science).

http://www.ictgames.com/
Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources

http://www.ictgames.com/looCoverWriteCheck/LCWC_demo/index.html
Good for spelling high frequency and tricky words!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html
Lots of maths and literacy games

www.boowakwala.com
Many games and songs including those relating to festivals.

www.poissonrouge.com
Many delightful games. Spend some time exploring!

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37
Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/
The Little animals’ activity centre - plenty of good quality activities to support learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/story/sbi.shtml
The Little animals’ activity centre – stories

www.abc.net.au/children/play
Various educational games, videos and craft ideas

www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-little-kids.htm
British Council “Learn English” – songs and stories

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=252,index
Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC. Supports communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy as well as other areas of learning.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime/index.shtml
Problem solving reasoning and numeracy

What your child will learn in Reception

End of Reception - Number in Maths

End of Reception - Shape, Space and Measure in Maths

End of Reception - English

Useful Links

Read and write alphabet and letters

Number Rhymes

Phonics made easy

How we teach phonics at Queen's Hill

Home communication

This year we have introduced Tapestry,  an ‘online learning journal’ which enables you to see photographs, videos and written observations of the activities your child does at school. In order to sign up to this, you will need to complete the confirmation letter below.

Tapestry sign up letter