At Coley Primary School we believe it is important that during the foundation years children have the opportunity to flourish in a language rich and multi-sensory environment.
The children have daily teaching inputs in groups and as a whole class. There are opportunities throughout the day for children to free-flow between the inside and outdoor areas. Both provide different areas of learning where the children can practice the skills they have been taught. There are sand and water trays, construction areas, reading, writing and maths areas as well as continuous role play areas such as the home corner, small world and dressing up role play to support the current topic. The children’s independence skills greatly develop as they are encouraged to follow their own lines of enquiry.
Throughout the year we cover exciting topics such as space, dinosaurs, pirates and wild animals. We also delve into a wide range of classic and modern children’s literature including; The Little Red Hen, Owl Babies, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Beegu.
We offer the children a range of real life experiences through school visitors such as the Space Dome, trips to the local park and the opportunity to look after chicks and caterpillars.
Regular practise can also help your child with their phonics and it's a great idea to make the practise fun. There are lots of games you can play on a tablet, smart phone or computer.
Here are the websites for a few of our favourites:
BBC Sandcastle Quiz:
Picnic on Pluto:
Poop Deck Pirates:
Lots of parents have asked me specifically about phonics sounds and how we say them.
Please watch this very short video, it demonstrates exactly how to say each of the set 1 sounds.
What to Expect, When?
Please click on the link below (you may need to copy and paste) to access the EYFS statements for 40-60 months (Reception aged children)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.
The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS.
A couple of reminders
Please use a Coley book bag if possible, rucksacks take up a lot of space in class and are not the best at keeping books in good condition.
If your child has a birthday when at school and would like to bring something in to share please stick to the school guidelines and refrain from bringing chocolate and sweets. We do allow cake :)
It is so important that you try to listen to your child read everyday. If time is limited then a few pages a night instead of the whole book is better than nothing. Please see guidance below on what to look and listen for if reading pink, red and yellow books.
How to support your child reading Pink level books
Your child is beginning to learn to read. As they read, please help them to: - Read the words carefully. Ask your child to sound out and blend only the words they can’t read yet, not every word. Eventually almost all words will become part of your child’s ‘sight memory’, and they won’t have to sound out at all. - On second and third readings of the book, encourage them to read with more pace and with less focus on sounding out the letters in each word. - Make a story out of a whole book, rather than focusing just on what is happening on each page. - Tell you about something that happened in the book, or about something they found out in the book.
How to support your child reading Red level books:
Your child is beginning to learn how to read. As they read, please help them to: Read the words carefully. Most of the words can be recognised or sounded out. Ask your child to sound out and blend only the words they can’t read yet, not every word. Eventually almost all words will become part of your child’s ‘sight memory’, and they won’t have to sound out at all. On second and third readings of the book, encourage them to read with more pace and with less focus on sounding out the letters in each word. Make a story out of a whole book, rather than focusing just on what is happening on each page. Tell you about something that happened in the book, or about something they found out in the book.
How to support your child reading Yellow level books
Your child is now beginning to read with more confidence. As they read aloud, you can help them by: Giving them time to sound out words they don’t know. If they still struggle, encourage them to try sounding out the whole word first, rather than guessing from the pictures or from the first letter. Giving them time to recognise and correct their own mistakes. Asking them to talk about what’s happening in the book, encouraging them to make links to events on previous pages.