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!

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. 

Why I love my job…

Today, I read a lot of e-mails; completed some very important forms on our school data and end of year predictions; and had to look at the hours my teaching assistants are working so I can get prepared for the next, financial new year. In amongst all this, I had some very special visits from the special pupils in our school. And this is why I love my job…

Take a look…

Year 4 are writing myths. Beowulf stories are looking great in both classes. Ashton and Chloe were very proud to share their myths. You can read them below. Why not look out for the similes, fronted adverbials, figurative language and any tricky words accurately spelled?

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I am so proud of Kaleb in Y4! I always like to look at the first and last pieces of writing. I am astonished! When I pointed it out, Kaleb was too! Take a look for yourself. He has made so much progress. This lunchtime I bumped in to his big sister. I told her the good news. She wanted to look at his work too. She told me that she was so pleased about this because she has been working with him on his handwriting at home. 

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I had a special visit from the nursery children. Some have only been here a few weeks, since they turned three. Nevertheless, they still get asked to do home work and here are their masterpieces! I love how versatile cotton wool is. 

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