Croeso I Meithrin / Welcome to Early Years

Our names are Donna Campbell, Caroline Fletcher, Ella Alborn, Miss Mary, Miss Louise, Miss Nic, Miss Chris and Miss Daryl and we are the Early Years team. Our Early Years department is vibrant and stimulating where excellent teaching determines the success of the child’s learning and development.  Our environment offers a wide repertoire of expertise and competence, exercising professional discretion in planning and directing the learning process for each and every child. We see children as strong, powerful, competent and active learners who need opportunities to make real choices and decisions supported and encouraged by adults

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The Early Years is a wonderful facility with a number of discreet sections that are assigned to the different areas of learning within the Foundation Phase. These include Literacy and Numeracy, reading, role play, creative, Welsh, ICT, large construction and modelling areas as well as a large outdoor area. Our extensive outdoor environment and grounds are used by the Early Years pupils all year round. The children have access to a range of playgrounds and outdoor settings, which contribute to providing a wealth of experiences. These include the ‘climbing Playground’ and willow area, a role-play area and tricycles area. Large Outdoor Sandpit and play House, mud kitchen and gardening area.  We work with our children to promote, instil and maintain a healthy attitude and lifestyle and of course, a love and enjoyment of physical activity.

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All the Early Years staff believe that we can encourage children to become lifelong learners by providing a rich, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum and through working in genuine partnership with parents/ carers and the wider community.

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Things parents and children need to know about our class:

P.E Kit and P.E. days

All children need a P.E. kit comprising of shorts, t-shirt and trainers or daps. Our P.E. day take place on a Monday though we use the field when the weather is fine. Most parents provide a P.E. kit for their child and leave it in school each half term, with it going home to be washed at the end of each half term break.

Book Bag

Each pupil will need a Book Bag which is very useful to contain your child’s reading book/homework (when they are in reception)

Dinner and snacks

If you would like your child to have a school dinner which is cooked on the premises and of very high quality, these are currently £2.25 per day we run a cashless system. Please ask for information regarding setting this up with school admin.
Each day, the children  need to bring 2 healthy snacks for the morning/afternoon these need to be labelled. Children are provided with milk and have access to water throughout the day they just need to bring a labelled water bottle.

Homework

All children in reception are provided with a reading book. It is expected that parents listen to their children read these books, as well as others books of their own choosing at home. In addition to this, the children have a variety of homework activities sent home on a Friday. This is an opportunity to extend in-school learning, and to work with parents at home.

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Timetable

  • 8.40-9.00am: All children are welcomed and engage in a ‘check in,’ on a daily basis, followed by Outdoor Time
  • 9.00- 9.15am: Welcome
  • 10.00-10.20am: Literacy session with a variety of text, sentence and word level activities
  • 10.20-10-30am: Snack Time with opportunities for social and small group reading
  • 10.30-10.50am: Break-time
  • 10.50-11.00am: milk/story
  • 11.00-12.00- Numeracy session with a variety of number activities using a range of indoor and outdoor resources
  • 12.00-1.10pm: Lunch and Break-time
  • 1.10-2.00pm: Small group focused activities based on termly topic
  • 2.00-2.30pm: Child initiated learning time./snack
  • 2.30-3.00pm: Assembly/ Collective Worship/story
  • 3.15pm: Home-time