The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of our morning and afternoon Nursery, known as Ladybirds and two Reception classes; Hummingbirds and Kingfishers.
In Early Years at St Helen's our teaching is centred around the value of children's play and the impact this has upon developing independent, confident and collaborative lifelong learners. With this in mind, our sessions are structured to provide maximum time for children to develop their own ideas and interests. Equity beats at the heart of Early Years and our knowledgeable, nurturing adults are at hand to encourage, explain, model and extend learning, responding to children's individual needs as they arise. Our indoor and outdoor environments are meticulously planned to provide open-ended opportunities across all areas of the curriculum and ensure high levels of engagement from pupils. You can view our Early Years Foundation stage policy here.
One of our key priorities is to develop children's communication and language skills. Our adults build strong relationships with pupils, observing and interacting attentively to model talk or introduce new and varied vocabulary. These are the foundations of Oracy, something all children continue to build upon as they move through to Key Stage One.
We plan some focused adult-led activities and whole class learning linked to carefully chosen topics. This enables us to provide targeted vocabulary progression and develop cultural capital for our diverse range of learners. Some of the areas will we cover as part of our curriculum this term are listed in the topic maps pictured.
In both Nursery and Reception children are supported to secure their understanding through repetition in many different contexts, particularly in areas such as reading, writing and mathematics. This ensures every child has the skills and knowledge required to be ready for their next stage of education.
As a school, we can receive additional funding if your child is entitled to free school meals. Please follow this link to go to the Suffolk website where you can make an application to see if you are eligible for free school meals. Even if you are unsure of your eligibility, we would very much appreciate your application.