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Early Years

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling ~ Shanti

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling ~ Shanti 1
And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling ~ Shanti 2
And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling ~ Shanti 3
And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling ~ Shanti 4

Welcome to Early Years!

Our Aims:

At Somersham Primary School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents, carers and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential. All of your child’s achievements will be recorded in their personal ‘Learning Journey’ which you and your child will have access to throughout the year.

 

As part of our practice we:

Deliver an exciting and varied, play-based curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.

We provide early intervention for those children who require additional support.

Work in partnership with parents and develop links in the local community.

Plan challenging and stimulating learning experiences, based on the individual child, informed by observation and assessment.

Provide learning experiences developed from child-led ideas.

Build strong relationships with the children in our care.

Provide nurturing and inspiring indoor and outdoor learning environments.

Inspire a love of learning and independence that will remain with them throughout school.

 

 

Below are some weblinks that you may find useful and informative.

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Early Years Staff

 

Mrs Ruth Hobley- Teacher and Joint Early Years Leader

Mrs Alice Baker- Teacher and Joint Early Years Leader

Mrs Emily Mead- Teacher

Mrs Karolyn Owen- Teacher

Mrs Kymberly Taylor – Teaching assistant

Mrs Karen Sedgewick- Teaching assistant

 

Occasionally you will see other members of staff working in Early Years. Their roles include supporting children who have additional needs, completing work experience placements or taking over the role of a staff member who may be out on training or other work related activities. All staff are DBS checked before being employed by us, as are students and volunteers. For more information please see our Safeguarding Policy.

 

How we learn in Early Years

 

In Early Years children learn through a combination of adult directed and child initiated activities which take place both indoors and out. The children have continuous access to lots of different areas including sand, water and a role-play area. We encourage the children to help themselves to all the resources and work hard to develop independence and routines for tidying up!

 

We are firm believers in the benefits of outdoor play and participate in weekly Forest sessions. We also participate in trips around the local and wider community to enrich our learning and experiences. For example we visit the local nature reserve every term, spending our time doing lots of fabulous things including den building and mini beast hunts.

 

We cover several termly topics over the year- which are closely linked to the childrens’ interests and needs. More detailed information about these topics will be sent out to you each term. If you feel that you have any skills or knowledge that may further enrich out topic we really welcome and encourage you to get involved, just speak to your child’s teacher.

 

Each week we have a book or stimulus for the week, which links to our half termly topic and forms the basis of our learning for that week. Children participate in daily teacher led, whole class sessions that link to the 7 areas of learning. They also have a daily, teacher led phonics session.

 

We believe in the benefits of learning through play and allow time for extended play. During these ‘busy’ times the children will play independently, sometimes scaffolded by an adult and will also work in small guided groups with either the teacher or teaching assistant.

 

 

 

 

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Our School Day:

 

8.45am Doors open- please remember that your child needs their book bag and water bottle in school every day. We encourage children to come in independently as soon as possible.

 

8.45-9.15am- Children participate in mini me activities that incorporate all areas of the curriculum, for example, activities that develop fine motor skills through tracing, cutting etc.

 

9.15-9.35am- Children participate in whole class teaching- this could be anything from their daily phonics session, reading the story of the week, discussing ideas or learning about numbers and shapes.

 

9.35-10.20am – children participate in free flow activities both indoors and out. Adults work with children in small groups, focusing on developing skills such as early reading or scaffolding their learning through purposeful play.

 

Throughout free flow activities we have a snack bar available with fresh fruit, milk and water for the children to help themselves to. They can also bring a fruit or vegetable snack from home. Children under 5 years old are entitled to free milk, after their fifth birthday, parents can pay for milk- please speak to the Office for further details.

 

10.20 am– we attend a whole school assembly on a Monday and House/Class assemblies on Wednesday.

 

10.40-11.30am- Children continue free flow activities both inside and out.

 

11.40am- Children participate in a small carpet session- usually a reflection of the morning’s learning or a recap of newly taught skills.

 

12.00pm – All children in Early Years are entitled to a free hot school dinner or they may choose to bring a packed lunch from home. As a school we promote healthy eating, so please bare this in mind with packed lunches.

 

1.00-1.30pm- Children have afternoon registration and then participate in a whole class teaching session. Copies of the weekly planning are available if you wish to see what your child is learning (on the noticeboard as you come in.)

 

1.30-2.30pm- Children participate in free flow activities and group activities with teachers and teaching assistants.

 

2.45pm- We always find time at the end of the day to enjoy a story, reflect on our learning and share news from home.

 

3.15pm – Home time! Slightly grubbier, very tired, but with sparkling eyes and a brain full of ideas and new learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extra Information!

 

Arrival and Collection of Children

Reception doors open at 8.45am. If you need to speak to a member of staff, the morning is a good time to do this (although we are happy to set up meetings at different times for your convenience). We encourage the children to come in independently as soon as possible and, once they've self registered, they settle straight into their mini me activities.

 

The day ends at 3.15pm. Children are dropped off and collected directly from the classroom.

 

Food and Drink

All the children are provided with a fruit snack daily. They can also bring in a fruit or vegetable snack from home. Milk can be ordered from the office and is free to children under 5.

 

All Reception children are entitled to a free school lunch every day. Alternatively you are welcome to provide your child with a packed lunch from home.

 

Accidents, Sickness and Medication

There is always a member of staff with a relevant First Aid Qualification on the school’s site and, an up-to-date First Aid Box is kept on the premises at all times. Minor accidents are recorded in an accident book.
 

Please inform us if your child contracts an infectious illness/disease or if they have any other medical problems that we should be aware of as soon as possible. We are unable to accept children who are ill. Please do not send them for 48 hours after sickness and/or diarrhea.
 

The Staff of will keep up-to-date records on children’s health, e.g. allergies. If your child needs medication, you will need to complete the relevant forms. See also the school’s Health & Safety Policy (including administration of medicines).

 

Security and Child Collection

Security is our highest priority and we take all necessary steps to ensure the premises and surrounding site is secure. Please drop your child off at and collect them from the classroom door. The perimeter gates are locked shortly after 9.10am and are not reopened again until 3.00pm. If you are late to drop off or collect outside session hours within the school day, please report to the school office.

 

Please let the office staff know if your child is going to be late or absent.

 

All staff are DBS checked before being employed by us, as are students and volunteers. For more information please see our Safeguarding Policy.

Useful websites to support your child with their learning:

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