Nursery and Reception Classes
Welcome to our EYFS page.
All our blue links are interactive - please be click happy!
We have two classes in our fantastic unit along with a wonderful outdoor space which children have daily access to.
We want our children to be as independent as possible. Have a read of 'Why Children Need to be Independent'.
We love being outside and all children are taught to 'tog' themselves up in our waterproof suits and each have a pair of wellies!
Our EYFS team have worked hard throughout 2019-2020 to achieve the Lancashire 'Step Outdoors' Award.
Children are taught within the Early Years Foundation Stage through a play based curriculum; we provide opportunities for learning through topics and encourage children to follow their own interests in our engaging learning environment.
The Nursery classteacher is Mrs M Taylor (who is also our SENDCo); she is supported by Mrs A Smith.
The Reception class teacher and EYFS Leader is Mrs N Langley who is supported by Mrs B Brown and Mrs F Feathers.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework for children up to the age of five, setting out areas of learning around which activities should be based. It also covers the welfare and development of children.
Communication, Language and Literacy -
We enjoy listening and talking with our friends; we like playing different types of games to help our understanding and communicating skills.
Physical Development -
Here are some of the ways we develop our physical skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development -
We learn how to be a great friend and use our school values of Respect, Determination, Cooperation, Caring, Responsibility, Appreciation and Honesty.
Each child in Reception has their own 'Owl Buddy'; a Year 6 child who helps them to settle into school life by sharing books, eating lunch together every Friday.
This is a great way to develop our transitions into school with children having positive role models to look up to, as well as Year 6 having a sense of pride in showing our caring and responsibility values.
We develop our reading and writing skills through daily phonics sessions, fine motor skills, drama, role play and develop our listening. We enjoy stories and use Talk for Writing to help us learn stories off by heart.
We hold an annual phonics and reading workshop for parents each September; we find this helps parents to familiarise themselves with Huncoat's learning styles and get to know the resources we will send home and the types of things we use to teach in school.
We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach from Nursery through to Year 2 along with the rhymes and picture cards from Read, Write Inc.
As you walk around our school and classrooms you can evidently see everyday phonics in action through accessible well-planned activities.
Here are some fantastic links to help improve your child's literacy development.
Watch Mr Bloom and Geraldine to help you learn some of your Phase 3 sounds!
Click on each red grapheme
Tricky word songs
We are problem solvers; we use counting, measuring and ordering to become confident in our numeracy skills. We use real life concepts to help us learn such as paying for toast and cutting into halves and quarters in our toast shop as well as role play shops and baking activities.
The EYFS staff team have worked together to improve and develop the maths provision indoors and out and in 2019 we were accredited with the 'Lancashire Quality Award Mathematics in the Early Years'.
Understanding the World -
In early years we learn new things about the world around us every day; we have visitors into school and visit different places like our local church or supermarket.
Our school has lots of technological toys to help us learn too.
Expressive Arts and Design -
We love experimenting with different types of media and materials; each classroom has a workshop area for children to design and make, along with construction areas inside and out for engaging in building, constructing and den making. In Reception we actively encourage children to mix their own paint so they can explore mixing colours and textures (this is usually very messy but great fun!).
Adults offer daily music, dancing and singing sessions and children have regular access to musical instruments, listening stations and often enjoy building their own 'stage' with our large building blocks to perform on!
Children have access to malleable materials such as playdough, lentils, shaving foam, jelly or seasonal resources such as leaves, twigs, snow and ice.
Keep checking the EYFS page for more photos and news about what the children have been learning.