Welcome To Early Years

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Early Years
Welcome to Early Years, the beginning of your exciting journey through school!
 
At St Catherine`s we believe that your child`s Early Years experience lays the foundation for a thriving education. Which is why we seek to create a safe and inspiring learning environment that enables your children to flourish through exploration, creativity and play.
 
 
With our designated learning areas across an indoor and outdoor setting your children will learn to independently explore activities which will support develop their 7 areas of learning. These are:
 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour
  • Making Relationships
  • Communication and language
  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Physical development
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-Care
  • Literacy 
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics 
  • Number
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Understanding the World 
  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design 
  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative
Learning Outside 
 
Our outside learning environment is equipped to be used all year round no matter the weather. Children are actively encouraged to take their learning outside and we pride ourselves and providing exciting learning opportunities for the children to enjoy within this environment. The children have access to role-play and small world play opportunities, along with themed writing, mathematical and science tasks.
 
 
Forest School
 
The children participate in weekly Forest School sessions within our school grounds. This is an opportunity for children to develop their social skills through communication and team work skills as well as developing their ability to work independently with confidence.
 
Curriculum
 
We devise our curriculum using Cornerstones, which enables a thematic creative cross curricular approach to your child`s learning. The topics your children will enjoy are:
 
* Cows and Carrots (Farms and plant growth)
* What happens when I fall asleep? (nightlife and routines)
*Memory Box (Toys and own History)
*Stomp and Roar (Dinosaurs)
*The Enchanted Woodland (Wildlife and Woodlands)
*Bright Lights, Big City (Transport and The Great Fire of London)
 
Phonics
 
Read Write Inc is the phonics program your child will be working with. This program was designed by Ruth Miskin and is a phonics program which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed, so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. During your child`s first year they will learn to read the key sounds and will begin sounding out and blending these sounds in order to read words within short texts. They will also begin recording these sounds to record words within their writing. For more information about phonics at St Catherine`s please see the attached phonics leaflet.
 
 
We have 2 Early Years Classes
 
Oak Class
with Mrs Treble on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
and Mrs Middleton on Thursday and Friday
 
Birch Class
with Mrs Blake on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
and Mrs Best on Thursday and Friday
 
These classes are supported by Mrs Patterson-Smith, Mrs Pirus and Mrs Tyrell.