EYFS

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Welcome to our Early Years Department at Palm Bay Primary School. I am Sam Bootes and I have the pleasure of leading our Reception classes as well as being part time class teacher in Puffins class. We pride ourselves on having a calm, purposeful learning environment in which all children can be themselves, thrive and become confident, independent learners.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your child’s first year at school or if there are any issues that your child’s class teacher is unable to help you with.  My email address is samanthabootes@palmbay.org.uk

 

There are 2 classes in Reception:

Robins: Miss O’Carroll

Puffins: Mrs Page (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Bootes (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

 

At Palm Bay our Reception classes work very closely together with all 60 children playing and learning alongside one another. The children are encouraged to explore both the inside and outside environment as they choose throughout the day whilst all adults support and extend the children’s learning through high quality interactions, ensuring that we all have an in-depth knowledge of every child in our phase.

 

Below are two PDF documents with further information on the curriculum:

EYFS-curriculum-overview

 

A day in the life of EYFS

8.45 – 9.00 – Children are welcomed by the adults and assisted in organising themselves for the day.  Our day begins as soon as the children arrive with their Funky Fingers session – developing the muscles in their hands to begin their writing journey. This is explored through games and pencil control activities.

9.00 – 9.15 –  We have self registration for lunch but this is the time when children come together on the carpet and adults in the room can have a brief check in with all the children.

9.15 – 9.30 – Teacher directed time

9.30- 11.30 – COOL time – Choose Our Own Learning through planning in the moment. This is seizing the moment for children to progress based on what the children are already deeply involved in.  We use quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). We use the teachable moment from the child’s perspective and will either intervene to scaffold and extend play or stand back and observe the child initiated learning as the children build on what they know already and explore what is new to them. Planning in the moment captures the moment of engagement and runs with it to make sure the children progress.

11.30 – 12.00 – Read Write Inc – We teach reading and writing through the RWI Literacy scheme. Children will practice using sounds and matching them to letters in order to begin reading quickly and confidently. Building words by sound, and then sentences, are the essential tools for writing.

12.00 – 1.00 – Lunch – children all eat together in the hall and then go back out to their playground with Midday Meals Supervisors and other children from KS1.  Activities are set up for the children to take part in and they can use the climbing apparatus.

1.00 – 1.10– Lunchtime reflection and afternoon registration.

1.10 –1.30  – Maths meeting – this is a fun mental/oral numeracy session with lots of songs, that covers important concepts such as calendar, time, shape and money.

1.30 – 2.30 – COOL time – Choose Our Own Learning through planning in the moment. This is seizing the moment for children to progress based on what the children are already deeply involved in.  We use quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). We use the teachable moment from the child’s perspective and will either intervene to scaffold and extend play or stand back and observe the child initiated learning as the children build on what they know already and explore what is new to them. Planning in the moment captures the moment of engagement and runs with it to make sure the children progress.

2.30 – 3.00 – Story/circle time. Children use the voting station to vote for the story they would like read to them.

3.00 – 3.15 – Children are met at the classroom door to go home.

Having healthy and happy children  is incredibly important to us at Palm Bay. For information about how you can keep your child healthy at school, please visit:

http://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/85283/Back-to-School-Guide.pdf