1 West Park CE Primary School Information Book for Parents Early Years
2 Contents: 1. Welcome letter from the Early Years Team 2. School Aims 3. Teaching and Learning 4. End of Year Expectations 5. Curriculum 6. Timetable 7. Behaviour 8. Healthy Children
3 Dear Parents, Welcome to West Park Church of England Primary School. We are really excited to be part of your child's first experience of school and look forward to working with you to make sure they have the best possible start to their educational journey. We plan exciting themes to engage children in their learning and we observe them in their Child initiated, Go Explore time. These themes are based on the interests of the children and will change regularly throughout the year. When we observe the children we focus on what they can do and how we can support them to move forward in their learning. We believe that communication between school and home is key to helping us get to know your children as quickly as possible, come and see us if you have any questions. We would appreciate it if you would write your child s name on all of their uniform and belongings. Once the children are all settled we would be delighted to have parental help in class. If you are available to help in class please let us know and we can arrange for your induction and DBS check to be completed. We look forward to working with you. The Early Years Team.
4 The Staff in Early Years: Adult Role Class Mrs Bull Year Leader Mrs Batten Teacher Pear Mrs Calvert Teacher Peach Mrs Hatt Teacher Apple Miss Mangles Teacher Cherry Mrs Bergun Learning Support Peach Assistant Mrs Bevis Learning Support Apple Assistant Mrs Hart Learning Support Pear Assistant Hayley Marchewka Learning Support Cherry Assistant Mrs Buckham PPA Teacher
5 Our Vision West Park CE Primary School aims to provide each pupil with the opportunity to become a successful life-long learner by nurturing their creativity, supporting and challenging them to work independently and with others. Following our Christian foundation we will enable each pupil to develop a sense of their own spirituality. We achieve this through working closely with our school family of staff, parents and our wider community. Our Values Teamwork Faith Independence Creativity Our Aims To:- ensure our school environment is safe, stimulating and stable; provide exciting and inspiring learning experiences that give every child the opportunity to become enthusiastic, resilient, adaptable learners who actively participate in all aspects of school life; enable pupils to develop lively and enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and the skill of becoming independent and creative learners; provide a sense of community and citizenship, establishing skills to make and maintain positive relationships with others, working in a team both in and beyond our school; assist in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable all children irrespective of their ability, to achieve their full potential in subsequent phases of Education and adult life; enable everyone to develop a sense of their own identity and have respect and understanding of their own and other cultures, beliefs and religions.
6 Teaching and Learning Core Values Our Teaching and Learning Policy is based around our school s four Core Values: Faith, Creativity, Independence and Teamwork. Through each of these values we have identified a number of skills or characteristics that are vital for our teachers to foster through their teaching and our children to develop and implement through their work and achievements. In addition, under each value s core vocabulary we have stated how the children will demonstrate this value and how adults in the school will facilitate and develop these skills and characteristics within the children through careful planning and delivery as well as modelling these values themselves. FAITH Caring Respect What will the children do? What will the staff do? believe in themselves and develop a growth mind-set - an I CAN attitude ask Big Questions and seek the answers care for others in our school and the world in which we live have a respect and tolerance for their peers and for the adults they work with model self-belief and growth mind-set allow children time to reflect on their beliefs and those of others make time for and plan in opportunities to value and care for others and the world around us uphold the school s faith and model the faith of the church
7 CREATIVITY Courage Passion What will the children do? What will the staff do? explore and investigate, trying new and different things out use their imaginations and come up with their own ideas take risks and assess their success feel confident to express their opinions and views and make their own choices provide open ended opportunities which encourage choice, investigation and challenge the children s thinking be enthusiastic showing a passion for learning be flexible in their approach and planning ensure the children have time to develop their ideas INDEPENDENCE Determination Risk-taking What will the children do? What will the staff do? make decisions and find solutions for themselves set their own challenges at a high level of expectation, persevering when they encounter failure or difficulty know that errors are good and that they learn from them know their next steps in learning and take responsibility for their own learning journey inspire pupils to take responsibility for their learning be flexible in their planning and delivery to take account of the needs of the learners allow for reflection opportunities encouraging the children to discuss their learning provide opportunities for children that require perseverance and resilience
8 TEAMWORK Caring Acceptance What will the children do? What will the staff do? communicate with each other effectively be able to identify their own and other people s strengths be prepared to discuss issues to reach compromise celebrate shared successes and support each other through errors or failures model effective communication with their pupils and colleagues foster positive relationships encourage and facilitate collaboration through planned activities and tasks show trust in the children s ideas and actions Early years Profile and Curriculum The Early Years Curriculum is divided into Prime, and Specific areas of learning, and are outlined below; Prime Areas of Learning Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development. These areas are considered fundamental to all future learning, and are essential in supporting development in all other areas. Specific Areas of Learning Literacy, including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, including Number and Shape, Space and Measure, Knowledge and Understanding, and Expressive Arts and Design. West Park values inside and outdoor environments, and readily incorporates every part of our environment to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
9 Our Early Years classrooms are set up to support and extend children in different areas of learning, with areas such as The Discovery Room, The Maths Zone, The Physical Area and The Creative and Literacy Corners. Children have the chance to free flow move around each learning zone within child-initiated activities, and can freely explore and follow their own learning interests. Characteristics of learning The Early Years Foundation Stage highlights not only curriculum content, but reinforces the importance in how a child learns, or The Characteristics of Learning, in order to support the child s learning journey not just in their Reception year, but throughout their educational career. Playing and learning; instilling and supporting a have a go attitude, providing play opportunities to explore and develop understandings of the world around them, investigating and building on existing skills and knowledge. Active Learning; allowing time and space to concentrate on challenging or unfamiliar activities, developing resilience and perseverance when practising skills or making decisions about their learning. Creating and thinking critically; using children s own knowledge and understanding, or interests, experiences develop and extend thinking through practical activities or hands-on explorations. At West Park we ensure the characteristics are incorporated into all of our teaching and learning and everyday ethos through planning. Teaching and Learning We strive to ensure all teaching and learning is practical, fun and engaging. Activities are linked to the EY s curriculum and assessments ensure experiences are planned in line with children s next steps. At West Park, we value the importance of learning through play. Daily child-initiated sessions allow children to follow their own learning and develop essential skills, such as independence and perseverance. Our Reception classes are designed to reflect different areas of the curriculum. During child-initiated, the children are encouraged to free flow between the classrooms and outside area to ensure they extend learning opportunities in all areas of the curriculum.
10 End of Year Expectations At the end of their time in Reception, teachers will write an individual report for each child, giving detailed information on how they learn, in relation to Characteristics of Learning, and on the Specific Areas of Learning such as Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Teachers will assess the children against each Early Learning Goal to ascertain whether the description given describes the child s learning and development. If the child achieves the Early learning Goal in the following areas, they will have achieved a Good Level of Development. Communication and Language Physical Development Personal Social and Emotional Literacy Mathematics Assessments, record keeping and reporting We believe children benefit from a wide range of activities, and plan and provide a topic based curriculum to allow a breadth to experiences. Through a constant cycle of planning and assessment against the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, learning is focused towards supporting every child makes good progression. Assessments are taken daily of the children and are recorded in the children s journals to showcase their learning journeys. Observation stickers, photos and key pieces of work, show direct links to areas of the curriculum, children s developmental level, and share the children s experiences. Parents are invited to share their children s journals throughout the year, such as at parent evenings or Book Looks, and are encouraged to share their views on work and activities through post it notes.
11 Prime areas of learning Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. ELG 01 Listening and attention: Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity. ELG 02 Understanding: Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer how and why questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events. ELG 03 Speaking: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events. Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. ELG 04 ELG 05 Moving and handling: Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Health and self-care: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently. Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and
12 learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. ELG 06 ELG 07 ELG 08 Self-confidence and self-awareness: Children are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or do not need help. Managing feelings and behaviour: Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride. Making relationships: Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children. Specific areas of learning Literacy development involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials for example books, poems, and other materials to ignite their interest. ELG 09 Reading: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read. ELG 10 Writing: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
13 Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. ELG 11 Numbers: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing. ELG 12 Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. ELG 13 People and communities: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children do not always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. ELG 14 The world: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes ELG 15 Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
14 Expressive arts and design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology. ELG 16 ELG 17 Exploring and using media and materials: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Being imaginative: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories Reading Reading is one of the most important skills children learn during their time in primary school. We would ask that you find time to regularly read with your child, at least 3 times a week, but every day is best. These special times can involve a number of different activities: your child can read aloud to you You read to them (this is really important as you model successful reading and share some books they might find more difficult to read on their own) Talk about what you have read, make predictions about what you might think is going to happen next and discuss the characters thoughts and feelings within the story In Early Years we begin teaching Phonics early in the school year. We follow Read Write Inc (RWI) written by Ruth Miskin. This is a synthetic teaching program that focuses on learning the pure sounds of letters. (There will be a parents meeting in the first half term where we will go through RWI in more detail). You will also have the first set of sound cards to help you learn these at home.
15 Helpful videos: Ruth Miskin has some easy to follow videos that will help you at home, but please ask us if you have any questions. You will need your sound cards to help you. Saying the Set 1 sounds: Teaching the Set 1 Sounds: There are other videos about teaching and independent blending as well as other useful videos here Children will learn a letter sound (phoneme) with an action and a picture phrase to help them write the sound, using these to blend and segment words from the beginning.
16 Handwriting We model and teach the children how to use cursive handwriting as soon as they are ready. Curriculum Autumn 1 All About Me Autumn 2 Riddle Me A Rhyme Spring 1 The Big Dark Spring 2 Bits and Bobs Summer 1 Toy Story Summer 2 Pirates Each half term we will send a detailed outline of the half term which will show both the teaching focus and the expected outcomes. Parent Partnerships Every child is unique. That is why we are committed to developing positive relationships through home school links to ensure you as the carer, are fully involved and included in your child s learning journey. Half termly curriculum planners are sent home showing detailed information of the teaching focus and expected outcomes, and we plan opportunities to share learning and progress with parents through parent evenings and Book Looks. In addition, targets are sent home every half term in reading record books, and show the children s next steps in Literacy and Maths. Please make sure your child has the correct equipment each day. This includes: PE Kit- this can be brought in at the start of the half-term and left in school Water bottle Homework diary Book Bag with reading books
17 Behaviour School Rules We are polite We are honest We listen to others We take care of our school We do our best We are leaders and good role models Our behaviour policy and practice is based on the concept of catching the children being good, making good choices and rewarding them as quickly as possible. Rewards All staff in school will use the following rewards for those who follow the school rules. Praise: Compliment individual children. Publicly celebrate good behaviour and attitudes, with special stickers, house points or class awards, an extra five minutes play time for the class, being given jobs of special responsibility. Positive communication with Parents: Children will be rewarded for good behaviour by receiving one of the following: a note in their diary or behaviour record a conversation at the end of the day a phone call home Positive visit to see another member of staff:
18 Children will be sent to another teacher, Year leader, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher, at an appropriate time in recognition of good behaviour for personal praise. Invitation to tea with Senior Leadership Team Each term we have a tea-party to reward those who behave well without being asked to. Each teacher chooses one pupil per term. Sanctions: To discourage undesirable behaviour the following sequence of consequences will be used: Child s name is given a verbal warning and their written on the board. Child spends 2 minutes away from the group. Child misses 5 minutes of playtime Child is sent to the year leader for playtime or lunchtime detention Child spends time with a member of SLT completing their work These incidents of missing playtime, working with SLT will be recorded on the internal behaviour log. The above sequence of consequences will come into effect only after the following strategies have been ineffective in changing a child s behaviour i.e. Comment on something good a child has done Employ Tactical Ignoring, ignore the target pupil but praise the nearby pupil, if the target pupil changes their behaviour, praise them, move the pupils near the disruptive pupil, thank them. Move closer to the child at their level Restate the expected good behaviour in a calm and controlled way Distract the child Communication The school will work together with the home to promote good behaviour.
19 Parents will be informed at every opportunity of their child s good behaviour, e.g. positive contact, notes / phone calls home. Parents will be involved at an early stage if there is concern about their child s behaviour. The school will at all times, adopt an encouraging and supportive style with parents.. These strategies support the vast majority of children to achieve and maintain good behaviour. There are further steps in place for children who find this more challenging. These will be shared with parents if necessary. Full details are available in the behaviour policy on our school website. Healthy Children We have free fruit and vegetables for the children to have for a snack. If you would like to provide your own snack it must be a healthy snack, it should not be sweets, chocolate or biscuits. At lunchtime the children can either have a hot lunch provided by Chartwells or bring in a packed lunch. Hot lunches are currently funded and are free for children in Reception to Year 2.
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