Woodhouse Community Early Years
Welcome to Woodhouse Community Primary School’s Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of Little Rainbows (2 year old provision), Nursery and Reception Classes who work closely together to provide an exciting and stimulating learning environment.
At Woodhouse Community Primary School, we are passionate about children learning through play, and as much as possible, using real-life experiences to underpin their learning. We know that children learn best when their levels of wellbeing and engagement are high, so our team work collectively to ensure children feel safe, secure and valued. Our Nursery and Reception Class are not only a happy place for pupils but a welcoming place for families too.
The Early Years Foundation Stage daily routine is as follows:
Nursery AM – 8.45-11.45am
Mrs J Nichols – EYFS Manager/Assistant Headteacher
I am an experienced teacher who has worked at Woodhouse Community Primary School for over ten years. I am passionate about ensuring all pupils within my care are exposed to a wide range of exciting and engaging learning experiences that enable all reach their potential within the security of a safe and nurturing environment.
o Miss L Hayes – Reception Class Teacher
o Mrs C Taylor – Reception Teaching Assistant
o Mrs D Kent – EYFS & KS1 SEND Teaching Assistant
o Miss E Christon – Nursery Teacher
o Miss K Henderson – Nursery Teaching Assistant
o Mrs C Ridley – Lead Practitioner for Little Rainbows
o Miss H Longstaff – Little Rainbows Teaching Assistant
What will your child need?
We do ask that children in the EYFS stage of Woodhouse Community Primary School wear the school uniform polo shirt and jumper but parents can choose suitable bottoms for their child.
o Light blue polo shirt
o Navy school jumper or cardigan (this does not have to have the school logo)
o Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore/jogging bottoms
o Suitable/flat shoes
EYFS children are outside in ALL weathers so please ensure that your child has a suitable coat and footwear for the winter weather and sun cream and a hat in the summer.
Please see the most recent EYFS Parent Questionnaire results below:
EYFS & Curriculum
In Reception children will engage in a range of formal and play based experiences to support their knowledge and understanding of learning that has taken place. The children will have daily phonics sessions following the Read, Write, Inc scheme. Children will be introduced to letters and sounds. Throughout phonics sessions children will develop confidence in recalling letters, forming letters and matching letters to sounds as well as being exposed to a range of opportunities to promote reading skills. As children become more confident, they will be introduced to reading books that will be read both in school and at home.
In Literacy sessions children will be exposed to high quality texts and given lots of opportunities to develop understanding of familiar stories, discuss plot points and characters. Literacy sessions, particularly at the beginning of Reception are led by ‘talk’ where children can express themselves and share thoughts and ideas. Impacting positively on speaking, listening, attention and understanding skills.
Children will take part in daily maths sessions, that promote knowledge of numbers to 20 as well as shape and measurement. Across the year children will become confident in counting, identifying and recording numbers. The skills taught in maths sessions will then be practised through a range of fun and engaging activities within the classroom.
Reception children will have half-termly topics that are incorporated into continuous and enhanced provision opportunities, which are further supported by adults to ensure children can reach their potential and learning ideas suggested by the children are followed. Activities will take place within the well-resourced areas within the indoor and outdoor classrooms. Children will also have opportunities to initiate their own learning through play; with adults ready to support children in carrying out and extending their learning opportunities.
In Nursery children will be exposed to a wide range of stories, songs and rhymes. Nursery children will take part in small group activities that promote independence, turn taking, sharing and support children to build positive relationships with others. Exposure to books, rhymes, songs and talk will support children in developing their speaking, listening and understanding skills as well as their personal, social and emotional skills.
Lots of high-quality learning opportunities are planned for Nursery children within the indoor/outdoor classroom; through a play-based approach; where children can explore, be creative, take managed risks and learn from their experiences. Nursery follow a ‘Planning in the Moment’ approach. Planning in the Moment is child led; children’s ideas and curiosity of objects/topics forms the pathway for many learning opportunities and experiences, further supported by stories and a range of media.
The indoor/outdoor classroom is well resourced with a range of high-quality resources and learning opportunities for children to take part in and enjoy; children’s interests are incorporated into activities and resources on offer to enhance the areas to ensure learning is promoted and continuous.
Children join us in ‘Little Rainbows’ when they are 2 years old. Lots of time is allocated to ensuring children become familiar with adults, peers and their environment. Children explore indoors/outdoors with the support of adults and engage in fun experiences linked to their current stage of development. Activities are carefully thought out to promotes Physical skills, Communication and Interaction and Personal, Social and Emotional skills.
Our youngest children share group time together. During these sessions children develop listening and speaking skills through exposure to stories, media, songs and rhymes with props and puppets. Social skills and turn taking is also promoted within sessions.
Each day, children will take part in a focus activity, which is linked to the curriculum and children’s current interests. The outcomes from activities inform next steps which adults plan carefully to ensure all children are able to reach their potential.
Take a look at our class pages for additional information on the learning taking place in Reception, Nursery and Little Rainbows.
Have a look at our learning environment.
For information about admissions and applications to Early Years, including Little Rainbows, please visit our school Admissions page.