Excellence in Early Years

Our school has been working closely with Early Education and with Di Chilvers (https://www.early-education.org.uk/trainers/trainer/23). Di Chilvers has worked collaboratively with all the schools in our locality called SSELP (Sheffield South East Learning Partnership). We are a strong team with excellent working relationships. We share good practice and are front runners with current research and developments. 

Last night our school hosted the Early Education meeting and colleagues from our city and South Yorkshire; West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire visited our school. They came to hear Di and our Early Years’ Teachers talk about “Talk for Maths Mastery” (TFMM), implementing TFMM in our school, supporting TFMM through transition from EYFS to Y1; and looked at our EYFS provision, our floor books and learning stories. 

Two of our Early Years’ Team have had their work and research published in the Early Years Educator monthly magazine. Our school is so proud of the work all the teachers and support staff do for our children, but we know, without the amazing early input from the EYFS team, the rest of us would have a much harder job! Thank you and well done!

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Nursery in the Outdoor Provision

Just look at the learning in the outdoor provision. Our Nursery children were learning all sorts! I always enjoy exploring with them.

Gross motor.

Fetching and carrying. Pouring and spilling.

“And what are you two doing?”

“We’re kicking and counting.”

” Oh! How does that work?”

“First you kick it. Then you count it.”

“What have you got?”

“I’ve got a four.”

“Is he right?”

“Oh yeah. He’s got a four. There’s four dots. Look.” (He also showed me four fingers for good measure)

“Can I have a go?”

“Yeah, but no one’s got a six yet.”

….I got a 2!

The two boys then went on to keep score of who was winning after each kick-and-count!

Paper Making and the Highwayman

Our children have been doing lots of varied learning this week. Many are enjoying the wonderful sunshine with outdoor learning, especially if it’s linked to Environment Week. The children in Reception were looking at the environment and when I visited their class, they had a bowl of paper slop. The picture above shows the finished, recycled paper drying out. 

I also had to publish this Y4 writing because it was so worthy of a mention. The marking highlights all the great features and I am always so proud of the quality writing our children produce in our school. 

Check out all the class blogs this week to find out what the children have been doing during Environment Week. 

Nursery SAFE Project

The Nursery Team have embarked on a great project. It’s called SAFE. It stands for: Secure Attachments Focused Environments. It supports our youngest children with leaving parents for the first time when they come to school. It helps them to build relationships and manage feelings. Click on the film below to see all the wonderful activities our adults do with our 3 and 4 year olds. 

Gingerbread Rescue!

Check out the Gingerweb Man blog from Nursery. Loads of exciting investigation and problem solving.

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We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!

Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…

img_8472039img_8471006img_8476img_8475img_8474img_8473087We were learning to…

  • solve problems
  • work together
  • listen to each others ideas
  • test our ideas and change them if they did not work
  • keep trying when things don’t work the first time
  • explain our ideas and why things happen

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • share the learning stories and talk about what happened and why they think it happened
  • encourage children to solve simple problems at home such as what to do if they spill sand on the floor…

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