Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Bradshaw Community Primary School.
We have a very experienced Early Years team who work together to ensure that all children are safe and happy learners. We pride ourselves on being one big family at Bradshaw and we welcome both children and their families into our school community.
Mrs Calder is the Early Years lead and teaches in class on a Monday and a Tuesday.
Mrs Appleton is the class teacher on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Class teachers are ably supported by teaching assistant Mrs Smith and sports coach Mr Farrell. All members of staff work closely together to support each and every child in the class.
Teaching and learning follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Reception year is the second year of the EYFS and builds on children’s previous early year’s experiences.
Children have access to 3 learning environments at Bradshaw. There is daily access to the classroom provision, the conservatory and a large and well equipped outdoor area. All three of these learning areas are exclusively used by the reception children to aid transition and settling into school.
We have a wide range of resources to develop children’s skills across all areas of the curriculum and children have the opportunity to learn through both teacher led and child initiated activities every day.
As well as fulfilling all aspects of the statutory Early Years curriculum, children at Bradshaw enjoy learning Spanish, yoga, forest school and trips to the library, park and farm as part of our wider curriculum.
Phonics, Reading and Writing
At Bradshaw, children have daily phonics lessons which enable them to learn, develop and practise their skills of letters and sounds to support their early reading and writing. Children work as a whole class, in small groups and individually with lots of opportunities to apply their developing skills in a range of exciting, engaging activities both indoors and outdoors.
Parents are encouraged to read daily with their children to practise these key skills. Children read weekly with a class teacher and have many opportunities to apply their skills in phonics lessons and independent learning in continuous provision.
The children have a wide reading curriculum in school with shared stories, poems and non fiction texts which aid the development of story telling skills, vocabulary and information gathering.
Children’s mark making and early writing skills are encouraged and celebrated throughout their reception year. Fun, purposeful writing opportunities are presented that engage children in the writing process and give them the confidence to see themselves as writers. As children learn letters and sounds in phonics lessons, they begin to apply these to their writing and spelling. Writing is taught and practised as a whole class, in small groups and on an individual basis.
In addition, fine motor skills are essential for writing and these are practised daily using a range of interesting and engaging activities such as dough gym, threading, tweezing, cutting etc… Children’s gross motor skills are developed through daily outdoor learning activities and weekly PE lessons.
Our maths teaching and learning follows the White Rose Maths scheme and incorporates the very successful, ‘Number of the Week’ mastery approach. Our maths is very practical with a wide range of supportive materials and real life resources. Children learn using concrete apparatus and then using pictures and eventually to a more abstract approach.
Children learn about number and number patterns as well as shape, space and measure.
We have daily maths lessons as a whole class, small groups or individually and children have many opportunities to apply their developing skills in all 3 learning environments.
Homework: Children are encouraged to read daily at home to practise their developing phonic skills. In addition, parents are asked to read regularly to their children.
We send home a weekly newsletter detailing the children’s learning for that week so that you can talk to your child about their learning in school. In addition, we provide suggestions for activities to do at home to consolidate and extend this learning.
Parents are encouraged to share any home learning such as photographs and videos with class teachers via the class email.
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Our learning plan for the year: