Early Years Class - Dosbarth Blynyddoedd Cynnar

Teacher Welcome

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Our names are Mrs Sarah Arthur and Mrs Clare Dunlop and we are the Early Years teachers. Our Early Years department is a very vibrant and stimulating classroom where excellent teaching determines the success of the child’s learning and development.  Our class 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 class 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 an indoor sandpit, a cooking area, large construction and modelling areas as well as a large, open music 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 ‘Pirate Ship Playground’ and woodland area, where the children can climb, role-play and use the tricycles on the marked track. Also, the ‘Nature Garden’ with a fantastic log circle and storytelling chair offer a great resource for the enjoyment of circle time games and activities that have a direct outdoor learning focus.  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.

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.

Things parents and children need to know about our class:

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P.E Kit and P.E. days

All children need a P.E. kit comprising of shorts, royal blue t-shirts (available from Clair Adams uniform suppliers), trainers or daps. Our P.E. days take place on a Monday and Tuesday though we also run in all seasons and 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 (available from Clair Adams) which is very useful to contain your child’s reading book (when they are full-time) and dinner money.

Dinner and Fruit/ Snack Money

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 £2.15 per day, payable weekly. Money should be placed in dinner envelopes provided when your child starts. If you prefer to pay by cheque, please make the payment to ‘Pembrokeshire County Council.’
Each day, the children are supplied with a small snack both during the morning and afternoon sessions. Snack money at £1 per week provides a healthy option snack, which is part of the daily routine. This is payable half-termly in advance.

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Homework

All children in Early Years are provided with a reading book, which is changed twice weekly. 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 ‘Learning Log’ project to complete once every half term. This is an opportunity to extend in-school learning, and to work with parents at home on creating a record to compliment the termly topic.

Timetable

  • 8.40-9.00am: All children are welcomed and engage in a ‘signing in,’ writing their name on a daily basis, followed by Outdoor Time.
  • 9.00-10.00am: Literacy session with a variety of text, sentence and word level activities.
  • 10.00-10.20am: Snack Time with opportunities for social and small group reading.
  • 10.20-10.40am: Breaktime.
  • 10.40-11.45am: Numeracy session with a variety of number activities using a range of indoor and outdoor resources OR P.E. session.
  • 11.45-1.00pm: Lunch and Breaktime.
  • 1.00-2.00pm: Small group focussed activities based on termly topic.
  • 2.00-2.30pm: Child initiated learning time.
  • 2.30-3.00pm: Assembly/ Collective Worship.
  • 3.05pm: Hometime.
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Estyn Comments

The school provides a good range of high-quality learning experiences for pupils that enhance their education.

The school's commitment to using the outdoors to improve pupils’ learning and  wellbeing is outstanding.

The quality of care, support and guidance is excellent.

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