EYFS

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Welcome to our EYFS Phase.  My name is Mrs Sarah Norwood and I am Phase Leader, as well as being class teacher for the Robins class.  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 sarahnorwood@palmbay.org.uk.

There are 2 classes in our EYFS Phase, as follows:

Robins: Mrs. Norwood and Mrs. Page

Puffins: Mrs. Middleton.

At Palm Bay we believe that having small phases helps children feel nurtured and belong to a group that is wider than just their class.  Our EYFS phase works 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

EYFS-sample-timetable

A day in the life of EYFS

8.45 – 9.10 – Children are welcomed by the adults and assisted in organising themselves for the day.  Our day begins as soon as the children arrive with either whole class physical development activities, self-chosen play or a writing activity.

9.10 – 9.30 –  Teacher directed learning time – a time to share a story, some songs, shared writing or role play to introduce new concepts and ideas and extend learning.

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 – RWI – 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

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 – 2.45 – 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.

2.45 – 3.00 – story time, opening a world of reading for pleasure.  We have a vote each day to choose which story we ill read.

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

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