Pre-School 2022 - 2023
Pre-School & Reception
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Offley Primary Academy.
MEET THE TEAM
Mrs Till (Owls Class Teacher Mon, Tues, Wed am)
Mrs Rea (EYFS Lead & Owls Class Teacher Wed pm, Thurs, Fri)
Mrs Sinclair (Frogs Practitioner)
Mrs Roberts (Hedgehogs Practitioner)
Mrs Harrop (Class Cover)
Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team
Mrs Scrase (Teaching Assistant) - Yellow Team
Mrs Maddox (Class Cover)
Miss May (Class Teacher) - Green Team
Mrs Naylor (Teaching Assistant) - Blue Team
Mrs Clarkson (Class Cover)
Mrs Crutchley (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Taylor (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Bellini (Teaching Assistant)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.
All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our fantastic outdoor areas. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.
Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim to deliver the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, giving children a secure foundation. We intend to provide the best quality learning environment for our children to be active participants in society, responsible contributors to it and capable of achieving independence. We aim to develop the knowledge and skills that our children will need to live in tomorrow’s world. ‘Joy in learning – a fun, challenging journey to be the best we can be!”.
Learning takes place through a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning. This includes the direct teaching of reading, writing and maths and daily opportunities for children to practice and consolidate their growing knowledge through high quality provision that promotes child- initiated learning.
Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim for our pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with both adults and peers. We strive for our children to become independent, curious learners who explore, take risks and ask meaningful questions. We aim to ensure that our children are confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.
Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
A warm welcome from the Pre-School Team
Week Beginning 23/01/2023
**We seem to have a shortage of spare socks in Pre-School at the moment, if anyone has any they would like to donate we would appreciate it – thank you 😊**
Chinese New Year
This week we have been reading lots of different Chinese texts including ‘ Big Yang and little Yin’ by Angela McAllister and Eleanor Taylor. We have also carried out some Story Yoga. We used yoga poses to act out different parts of the Chinese New Year celebration such as cleaning the house and cooking dinner. We then acted out the Chinese New race with all of the different animals, acting out the different animal poses. We had a look at some real Chinese money envelopes, an authentic tea set and a puppet dragon.
We have had a very special snack time this week, tasting some noodles and prawn crackers.
In phonics we have had a big focus on rhyming words. We have played silly rhyming soup, a rhyming YES/NO game on the interactive whiteboard and we have also been reading ‘Oi Frog’, by Kes Gray and Jim Field, trying to listen very carefully to the rhyming words. The children are really working hard to hear rhyming words.
In provision this week we have continued our Chinese New Year Celebrations! We have been making fire breathing dragons and concertina dragons, acting out the Chinese New Year story, exploring the red sensory rice (red is for good luck!), using our counting skills to put money in the Chinese money wallets and role playing in the Chinese restaurant.
We have also been making 3 huge Chinese dragons out of cardboard boxes! On Friday we used our class dragons to carry out a Chinese dragon parade. We learnt a song about a Chinese dragon and paraded around singing it – great fun!
Another busy week, don't forget to check in next week. Have a great weekend,
- We request that no jewellery should be worn due to the active nature of our learning. It is also a good idea to have long hair tied back at all times. We are always on the move!
- Please ensure all clothes and belongings are named. Jumpers, cardigans, gloves, hats and so forth easily get lost and are tricky to find if not labelled. We encourage independence from day one. Children are responsible for their own belongings.
- It may be the Autumn Term but the weather is always unpredictable! If we are lucky enough to have some more sunshine, please ensure that you apply sun cream before your child comes to school and bring a labelled sun hat!
- Please leave toys and teddies at home to avoid them becoming lost or stolen. Everything we will need is here at school.
A huge thank you for your continued support :-)
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