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EYFS

At Hampton Lakes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, of which there are four guiding principles,

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers

  • Children develop and learn in different ways (and at different rates)

We believe that all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. We use “Letters and Sounds” to deliver a daily 20 minute phonics  session.

 

Butterfly

Summer Term One 

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Theme: Out and About

 

Let’s go and explore the great outdoors,

So much to see, so much to do.

We will sow, water and grow,

We will dig, weed and sweep. 

 

What mini beasts will be lurking in the grass?

How many worms will we find as we use the rakes?

Come with us and discover

The wonders we will create and find at Hampton Lakes  

 

This is the learning that we can look forward to this term

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we want to embed that sense of independent learning within the EYFS unit and for the children to value themselves as individuals. We will provide the children withmany opportunities to talk about themselves and their feelings as they begin transitions for the next chapter in their schooling. We will be further enhancing our ‘beanstalk’ in the EYFS unit as this becomes an opportunity for children to add their successes and achievements onto the leaves, we will send photos of this as it develops.

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is developed through everything we do in EYFS. The children have become good listeners so this term we will focus further on the children’s understanding of what they have read or heard and encourage them to ask their own questions. With the introduction of thekey vocabulary created last term the children will be encouraged to use new and previously learnt vocabulary from the stories they have been listening to. We will be encouraging the children to engage with non-fiction texts to support our topic this term of ‘Out and About’.

Physical Development

The children will as always be given a variety of opportunities to write and mark make within the EYFS unit. As the weather gets warmer the children will use spades for digging, paintbrushes, chalk and spray bottles more often to develop those all-important fine motor skills. The children will embed theiruse of a range of large and small PE apparatus outside confidently and safely. This will include throwing, catching, kicking, sending and retrieving. Through playground games the children will also be developing their skills of balance, coordination and agility. We will be developing the children’s team spirit this term by partaking in group games such as rounders and thinking about how the children work together when we play games using the parachute.

Literacy

In literacy this term we will continue to use a range of quality texts to engage the children and enhance the provision in which they learn. We will read books based around the theme of ‘Out and About’ these include Jack and the Beanstalk, Mad about mini beasts, Bumble Bear,  Superworm, Supertato!, The Very Busy Day and It’s the Bear. In writing the children will have the opportunity to complete a guided task with an adult which will be used as a tool to enable the children to developing their own child initiated writing which will be further encouraged this term with the revamp of the literacy areas. The children will also be given opportunities to develop their writing skills in the other exciting areas in the classrooms. It is expected that the children will be writing sentences supported and independently that can be read by themselves and others. In phonics lessons we will be recapping on the phase 3 phonemes and be developing the children’s confidence in applying these when reading and writing. The children will read regularly with an adult to further develop and increase their word recognition and blending skills.

Mathematics

The children’s knowledge and understanding of time will be further developed as we continue to do the date each day. We will be working on deepening the children’s understanding of numbers to 10 and their ability to subitise to 5. We will be teaching the children the skills to enable them to automatically recall number bonds to 5 and 10. Through everyday counting using the number line the children will develop an understanding of counting verbally to 20 and beyond. The children will compare quantities of up to 10 recognising the number or set that is greater, less or the same. We will look again at patterns within numbers including odds, evens and doubles. We will continue to learn about the names of different shapes and use these to create simple repeating patterns. We will revisit the key concepts such as weight, capacity, time and length to encourage the children to use comparative language within everyday experiences.  

Understanding the World

This term our focus will be on the natural world as we really the develop the understanding of having ‘green fingers’! The children will be planting a variety of seeds and hopefully even some vegetables. Through this we hope this will give the children a deeper understanding of how we can nurture the place that is special to us. As the weather gets warmer, we will also be taking part in ‘bug’ hunts which I know many of the children will embrace. The children will be encouraged to observe, discuss and record what they can see in their immediate environment and how this may differ from where they live or places they have been. We will also be thinking about the changes and within the natural world such as the differences between seasons. 

Expressive Arts and Design

Through the development of the role play and small world areas the children will be able to make up their own stories and narratives as well as retell well known texts. The children will be able to make their own props to support with acting out stories as well as using their imagination to use things that are available to them in an interesting way. The children will be able to make their own 2d and 3d mini beasts as well as make their own individual creations explaining the processes they have used. The children will develop their skills  in using different tools and techniques.

 

*Please click here for EYFS weekly update letters

 

Caterpillar

Summer Term One 

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Theme: Out and About

 

Let’s go and explore the great outdoors,

So much to see, so much to do.

We will sow, water and grow,

We will dig, weed and sweep. 

 

What mini beasts will be lurking in the grass?

How many worms will we find as we use the rakes?

Come with us and discover

The wonders we will create and find at Hampton Lakes  

 

This is the learning that we can look forward to this term

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we want to embed that sense of independent learning within the EYFS unit and for the children to value themselves as individuals. We will provide the children withmany opportunities to talk about themselves and their feelings as they begin transitions for the next chapter in their schooling. We will be further enhancing our ‘beanstalk’ in the EYFS unit as this becomes an opportunity for children to add their successes and achievements onto the leaves, we will send photos of this as it develops.

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is developed through everything we do in EYFS. The children have become good listeners so this term we will focus further on the children’s understanding of what they have read or heard and encourage them to ask their own questions. With the introduction of thekey vocabulary created last term the children will be encouraged to use new and previously learnt vocabulary from the stories they have been listening to. We will be encouraging the children to engage with non-fiction texts to support our topic this term of ‘Out and About’.

Physical Development

The children will as always be given a variety of opportunities to write and mark make within the EYFS unit. As the weather gets warmer the children will use spades for digging, paintbrushes, chalk and spray bottles more often to develop those all-important fine motor skills. The children will embed theiruse of a range of large and small PE apparatus outside confidently and safely. This will include throwing, catching, kicking, sending and retrieving. Through playground games the children will also be developing their skills of balance, coordination and agility. We will be developing the children’s team spirit this term by partaking in group games such as rounders and thinking about how the children work together when we play games using the parachute.

Literacy

In literacy this term we will continue to use a range of quality texts to engage the children and enhance the provision in which they learn. We will read books based around the theme of ‘Out and About’ these include Jack and the Beanstalk, Mad about mini beasts, Bumble Bear,  Superworm, Supertato!, The Very Busy Day and It’s the Bear. In writing the children will have the opportunity to complete a guided task with an adult which will be used as a tool to enable the children to developing their own child initiated writing which will be further encouraged this term with the revamp of the literacy areas. The children will also be given opportunities to develop their writing skills in the other exciting areas in the classrooms. It is expected that the children will be writing sentences supported and independently that can be read by themselves and others. In phonics lessons we will be recapping on the phase 3 phonemes and be developing the children’s confidence in applying these when reading and writing. The children will read regularly with an adult to further develop and increase their word recognition and blending skills.

Mathematics

The children’s knowledge and understanding of time will be further developed as we continue to do the date each day. We will be working on deepening the children’s understanding of numbers to 10 and their ability to subitise to 5. We will be teaching the children the skills to enable them to automatically recall number bonds to 5 and 10. Through everyday counting using the number line the children will develop an understanding of counting verbally to 20 and beyond. The children will compare quantities of up to 10 recognising the number or set that is greater, less or the same. We will look again at patterns within numbers including odds, evens and doubles. We will continue to learn about the names of different shapes and use these to create simple repeating patterns. We will revisit the key concepts such as weight, capacity, time and length to encourage the children to use comparative language within everyday experiences.  

Understanding the World

This term our focus will be on the natural world as we really the develop the understanding of having ‘green fingers’! The children will be planting a variety of seeds and hopefully even some vegetables. Through this we hope this will give the children a deeper understanding of how we can nurture the place that is special to us. As the weather gets warmer, we will also be taking part in ‘bug’ hunts which I know many of the children will embrace. The children will be encouraged to observe, discuss and record what they can see in their immediate environment and how this may differ from where they live or places they have been. We will also be thinking about the changes and within the natural world such as the differences between seasons. 

Expressive Arts and Design

Through the development of the role play and small world areas the children will be able to make up their own stories and narratives as well as retell well known texts. The children will be able to make their own props to support with acting out stories as well as using their imagination to use things that are available to them in an interesting way. The children will be able to make their own 2d and 3d mini beasts as well as make their own individual creations explaining the processes they have used. The children will develop their skills  in using different tools and techniques.

*Please click here for EYFS weekly update letters