EYFS

Intent 

Our aim in EYFS is to encourage children to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured through the learning environment. Due to low levels of life experience, self care, speech and language for around 70% of our children, we place high importance on developing vocabulary, teaching world knowledge and social emotional development. We do this by building on children’s life experiences and aim to develop children’s knowledge and skills through a balanced play based curriculum allowing them to explore and learn in the environment. The areas in the classroom reflect this through a variety of resources to develop social interactions, inviting reading areas to encourage a love of books and literature and a language rich environment. It is important to us that all children in the provision are safe and we guide the children with choices to help them develop this important life skill using our behaviour system Ready, Respectful and Safe.  In our provision, we develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families. We recognise that children learn and develop well when there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. We place high priority on parental engagement through family breakfast, open door policy, dojo reward system and sharing children's progress on Learning Book.

 

In EYFS we love learning by dressing up and role playing, in Autumn term we read 'Little Red'. The Teacher dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood to hook the children to the story and the children enjoyed acting out the story in their own learning time. 

Every term we go on a trip to enhance our knowledge and life skills, in Autumn term we went to Wepre park to build traps for the Wolf from our story Little Red, we also enjoyed a picnic and walk through the forest. 

 

Reading for pleasure 

To encourage love of reading we enhance our environment with inviting reading areas, providing books to children's interests and exploring a range of different texts. We read at least two books a day to the whole class which are chosen by the children and read by different adults, male and female. 

Every week Foundation have buddy time with Team 6, the children enjoy choosing a book together and finding a quiet area to read. Foundation Team also read their reading books with their buddy and practise their red and green words from phonics. 

 

Word Aware 

Our aim is to enhance childrens language by introducing new words, exploring words read in books and talking about the meaning. We love the Word Aware rap to shout the word, wisper the word and do an action. Concept cat also introduces a story using different words to encourage children to use it in their play. We involve parents by putting the word of the week on the notice board, sending messages home on Class Dojo and encouraging parents to let us know when their child has used the new words in a sentence. Check out our twitter page for videos of the children doing the Word Aware rap. 

 

Culture and Religion

We understand the importance of educating children about different cultures and religions to become aware of acceptance and equality in society. Therefore, we celebrate different events and explore different festivals by making things, painting, drawing and reading books. In Autumn term we learnt about Diwali, the children made lanterns and Diyas, they coloured in Rangoli patterns and did their own Diwali patterns outside with chalk. 

 

Useful links

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

https://www.education.com/games/phonological-awareness/

 

Places to visit 

  • Chester Zoo
  • Wepre park
  • Delamere Forest 
  • Tatton park
  • Grosvenor museum
  • New Brighton beach 
  • Sea Life Manchester 
  • Manchester Art Gallery 
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Imagine That! Science and Discovery Centre

 

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Contact the School

J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Blacon
Chester
CH1 5JG

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666
admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

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