WELCOME TO EYFS AT LONGMAN’S HILL!
Click on the video below to view our tour of the Early Years classroom at Longman’s!
Click on this link: My New School in Photos to download our Photo Tour Booklet, to learn about the different areas we have in our Early Years Classroom.
Click on this link: Welcome/Induction Powerpoint for Families to download the Powerpoint for our ‘Welcome Meeting.’
You will all also receive a ‘New Starters Pack’ that contains lots of different information and some forms to fill in.
Download letter here with details about phased transition from September: Early Years transition 2020 sept reopening
Here at Longman’s Hill, we want our Early Years children to be happy, confident, well-rounded individuals who foster a love for learning and growing themselves as individuals. We offer a caring, creative and stimulating environment in which the needs of every child are considered and catered for. Children’s well-being and their development of a love of lifelong learning are at the heart of everything we do.
As well as whole-class learning, a vital part of the day is learning through play (our ‘Independent Learning Time’). We believe that learning should be exciting, engaging and challenging. We aim to provide opportunities for the children to become strong communicators and independent problem solvers.
We are committed to providing the best possible start to their school life, teaching them skills and giving them experiences ensuring their well-being now and success in the future.
We operate an open door policy and welcome the views of parents and carers. Mrs Bland will be on the gate during pick up and drop off times and the headteacher, Mrs Elcock, will be outside school in the morning meeting and greeting parents and children and is always happy to chat. If you wish to express your views about our school, you can do so on the Parent View website.
As a community school, we are keen to promote cohesion and teach our children about British Values. These are defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or no faith. In EYFS we do this through:
- Teaching children the importance of Democracy. In EY, we make a lot of our daily decisions together. We learn about how we can make things fair and have a voting station in our classroom. EY also vote for the types of activities they would like in provision, what they would like to learn about and the stories they would like to read.
- EY staff support and encourage turn taking, collaboration and sharing. We also provide them with opportunities to develop their enquiry skills and show them that questions are welcomed and valued.
- We ensure our children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences. We teach them about right and wrong choices and all collaborate to create the rules and the codes of behaviour. This is to encourage a sense of respect and belonging, for example, all of our EY children have a specific classroom area to tidy up and look after.
- We support the children in developing a positive sense of themselves. At Longman’s, we provide opportunities for EY pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example, through allowing children to take risks, be determined, have courage and ‘have a go because that’s how we grow!’
- We also allow and teach our children to explore the language of feelings through our feelings board and open discussions.
- We promote diverse attitudes and the challenge of stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of our society and the wider world. We teach our children about the similarities we have but how we are also all different and provide quality sources and activities that help challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.
Below is a list of the adults that your children will be seeing on a weekly basis:
- Mrs Bland- full-time class teacher
- Mrs Howdle- full-time TA (mornings and afternoons)
- Mrs Lawrence- part time class TA (mornings)
- Jez- Fit4Fun- PE coach
- Mrs Gash-higher-level teaching assistant (who may cover the class from time to time)
If you have any questions, queries or would just like a chat, please do not hesitate to grab one of us at home time or ring school.
- End of the day routine: At the end of the day, we will walk the children down to the gate. At the gate, we will only send one child at a time (when we can see their adult). Please give your child a wave when you see it’s their turn – this really helps us identify you and the children can see where to go. As I’m sure you can appreciate, it is really important that we see who each child goes home with so ,although this process can take time, please be patient and encourage your child to wait until they have reached the front of the line. Also, if your child is going home with a different adult at home time please notify us in the morning, write a note in their planner or ring school to ensure that we are aware.
- P.E: This will take place on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings with our PE coach. It is really important, however, that your child brings the appropriate kit with them every day (just in case this changes) and also that they do not wear any jewellery or tricky clothes on these days.
- Water Bottles: Your child should bring a named water bottle with them every day and take it home to be washed every night. Please fill these with water only. Please do not put water bottles inside book bags, as they have the tendency to leak.
- Home school books and planners: Your child will have received a Longman’s Hill Primary School planner, in their book bag. This planner will act as their reading record and has a box for any home/school comments. Your child will also have a red home school folder in their book bag,this will be where we stick in our weekly newsletter and any homework they have been given. Please ensure that this is brought to school every Thursday and Friday (so that we can look through any comments or homework sent) and stick in their weekly newsletter. Please also ensure that your child brings their reading book and planner every day.
- Reading books: Reading books will be changed on Thursdays and Fridays. At this stage in the year, your child will be asked to choose a book from our Early Years library and will bring it home to share with you. Please read and look at these books together and mark when you have done so in their reading record, adding any comments. It is important these books are shared more than once, as each time they are shared your child will appreciate different elements of it. After we have started learning about letters and their sounds, your child may be ready to have a go at reading some sounds and words themselves. They will then bring home a few reading books and these will be changed one they are secure with them. Please ensure that all books are brought to school every day in their book bags.