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

Autumn Term Two EYFS

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

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we want to further encourage independent learning within the EYFS unit and for the children to value themselves as individuals. It is important that we have ample opportunities for the children to talk about themselves and their families. The birthday display that we wish to develop in the classrooms alongside the ‘family tree’ in the EYFS unit will support in ensuring the children feel a sense of belonging. You could help us out with both of these projects by providing us with photos that depict family and celebrations.

 

Communication and Language

This term we will be developing further the children’s listening skills and also asking them questions particularly focussed on question starters such as ‘why’ and ‘how’. We will be teaching the children to articulate their thoughts and ideas in well-formed sentences. The children will be encouraged to use new vocabulary from the stories they have been listening to. We will be encouraging the children to engage with non-fiction texts to support areas such as weather, seasons and celebrations.

 

Physical Development

We will be developing the foundations of handwriting by encouraging the children to draw, write and mark make freely within the EYFS unit. Whilst the children will have constant access to the finger gym resources we used in term one they will also have access to a variety of writing and drawing materials both inside and out. The children will be taught to use a range of large and small PE apparatus outside confidently and safely. This will include throwing, catching, kicking and rolling. Through playground games the children will also be developing their skills of balance, coordination and agility.

 

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 to continue with the Autumn theme but also bring in the season of Winter and Christmas traditions. The texts for this term include Stick Man, One Snowy Night and Well Done Little Bear. To embed our daily phonics teaching the children will be learning to identify the initial sounds in words and will also be learning to segment and blend e.g. c-a-t= cat, h-a-t= hat. 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 ‘free’ writing. We will be writing our own letters based on The Very Jolly Christmas Postman story.

 

Mathematics

In maths this term we will be completing the date board daily which is teaching the children the days of the week, months of the year and counting beyond 20. We will be developing the key skills of counting objects which will include matching one number name to each item and also saying the numbers in order. We will bring in some estimating by asking the children to guess before we count! We will be counting at every opportunity for example lining up time, circle time and snack time. We will also play lots of games that involve counting, this could include snakes and ladders or what’s the time Mr Wolf? We will be learning about the names of different shapes and use these to create simple repeating patterns. Through the introduction and weight and length the children will be taught how to use comparative language with everyday experiences. 

 

Understanding the World

This term we will encourage the children to talk about themselves and members of our immediate family. We will be talking about different festivals and traditions that the children might celebrate so we know what is important to them. We would love the children to share photos with us and also discuss them with the class. We will be encouraging the children to explore the natural world in our garden, we would like to develop this with the children so we will be asking them what they would like to see and do in our very special outdoor space. 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.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught some colour mixing techniques this term and this fits quite nicely into our first story The Very Lonely Firefly. We will encourage the children to create using a variety of materials, projects will include snowmen, Stickmen and firework art. The children will be taught different techniques for joining and fixing and make decisions about the correct method. As we move towards the end of the year the children will be encouraged to explore and engage in music making and acting as we will learn some Christmas songs and also retell the Christmas story.

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

 

*Please click here for EYFS weekly update letters

 

Caterpillar

Autumn Term Two EYFS

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

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we want to further encourage independent learning within the EYFS unit and for the children to value themselves as individuals. It is important that we have ample opportunities for the children to talk about themselves and their families. The birthday display that we wish to develop in the classrooms alongside the ‘family tree’ in the EYFS unit will support in ensuring the children feel a sense of belonging. You could help us out with both of these projects by providing us with photos that depict family and celebrations.

 

Communication and Language

This term we will be developing further the children’s listening skills and also asking them questions particularly focussed on question starters such as ‘why’ and ‘how’. We will be teaching the children to articulate their thoughts and ideas in well-formed sentences. The children will be encouraged to use new vocabulary from the stories they have been listening to. We will be encouraging the children to engage with non-fiction texts to support areas such as weather, seasons and celebrations.

 

Physical Development

We will be developing the foundations of handwriting by encouraging the children to draw, write and mark make freely within the EYFS unit. Whilst the children will have constant access to the finger gym resources we used in term one they will also have access to a variety of writing and drawing materials both inside and out. The children will be taught to use a range of large and small PE apparatus outside confidently and safely. This will include throwing, catching, kicking and rolling. Through playground games the children will also be developing their skills of balance, coordination and agility.

 

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 to continue with the Autumn theme but also bring in the season of Winter and Christmas traditions. The texts for this term include Stick Man, One Snowy Night and Well Done Little Bear. To embed our daily phonics teaching the children will be learning to identify the initial sounds in words and will also be learning to segment and blend e.g. c-a-t= cat, h-a-t= hat. 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 ‘free’ writing. We will writing our own letters based on The Very Jolly Christmas Postman story.

 

Mathematics

In maths this term we will be completing the date board daily which is teaching the children the days of the week, months of the year and counting beyond 20. We will be developing the key skills of counting objects which will include matching one number name to each item and also saying the numbers in order. We will bring in some estimating by asking the children to guess before we count! We will be counting at every opportunity for example lining up time, circle time and snack time. We will also play lots of games that involve counting, this could include snakes and ladders or what’s the time Mr Wolf? We will be learning about the names of different shapes and use these to create simple repeating patterns. Through the introduction and weight and length the children will be taught how to use comparative language with everyday experiences. 

 

Understanding the World

This term we will encourage the children to talk about themselves and members of our immediate family. We will be talking about different festivals and traditions that the children might celebrate so we know what is important to them. We would love the children to share photos with us and also discuss them with the class. We will be encouraging the children to explore the natural world in our garden, we would like to develop this with the children so we will be asking them what they would like to see and do in our very special outdoor space. 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.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught some colour mixing techniques this term and this fits quite nicely into our first story The Very Lonely Firefly. We will encourage the children to create using a variety of materials, projects will include snowmen, Stickmen and firework art. The children will be taught different techniques for joining and fixing and make decisions about the correct method. As we move towards the end of the year the children will be encouraged to explore and engage in music making and acting as we will learn some Christmas songs and also retell the Christmas story.

 

*Please click here for EYFS weekly update letters