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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage!

Early Years Topic Overview 2023-24

Early Years Lunch Meeting

 

Welcome to Great Berry!

 

We are so excited to see your lovely, smiling faces on Monday morning at 8:30am. Miss Hall and Mrs Archer will be waiting at the Early Years Playground gates for the children to come into school. This is where you will say Goodbye to your children and from here, we will guide the children into the classrooms where they have many interesting and fun activities to do. 

 

Our topics this half term will include Room on the Broom, Reading Week (The Robot and the bluebird), The Gruffalo and Easter.

Every week we will upload a Weekly Overview, which will give you an insight into some of the activities we will be doing in school that week.

 

Important Dates for your Diary this term:

 

Thursday 7th March- World Book Day

Friday 8th March- Mothers Day Sale

Friday 22nd March- Easter Bonnet Parade & Easter Egg Hunt

 

Reminders:

 

Please note that the drop off time for the children in the mornings is 8:30am. The collection time is 3:10pm and we ask that you wait in the main playground. We will line the children up in front of the climbing frames and send them to you one at a time as we see you. 

 

Should you need to contact us please use the Year Group Email system.  

 

Our Year Group E-mail Address is: earlyyears@greatberry.essex.sch.uk

 

This email address will be checked regularly, however if there is any important information that you need to let us know quickly please contact the school office so that they can pass this onto the class teachers.

 

Reading Record and Book Change Day 

 

In school, your child will read to an adult on a set day each week. The day your child will read on is outlined below. Your child should be able to tell you which fruit group they are in.

Monday – Oranges

Tuesday – Grapes

Wednesday – Lemons

Thursday – Apples

Friday – Bananas

 

The day your child reads on may change dependant on the activities taking place throughout the week, therefore please leave your child’s reading books and reading records in their book bags at all times, this will then mean that we can read with them on a different day if necessary. It is important to note that the above timetable will more than often be the structure we follow throughout the week.

 

Your child will read with an adult and will also change their books on this day each week.

 

We will be collecting in the current red reading record books and keeping them at school until the end of the year, at which time the children will bring them home with the rest of their school work.

 

When we read with your child at school, we will record this in their new reading record, along with noting their new chosen books for the week. Please record when you read the school reading books at home and make a short comment on their reading. Please continue to read a range of books at home, however, you do not need to record any other reading in their book. This book will be checked by us once a week so please do not put any important messages in them and continue to contact us in the usual way.

 

Show and Tell

 

Each colour team will have an Show and Tell date once, each half term. This is an opportunity for your child to talk to their class about somewhere they have been, something they have achieved or bring in and show a toy they like to play with. If your child is going to bring in a toy or object from home please can you make sure the item goes into a named plastic bag. 

 

Before your child's Show and Tell day, it may be helpful to talk to them in preparation for what they could tell their friends. Please feel free to send in a covering note so that we can support them with this. There will be a chance for your child to answer questions from their peers about what they have shared.

 

The colour group dates for this half term are as follows:

Friday 1st March - Ruby (red) Group

Friday 8th March - Amber (yellow) Group

Friday 15th March - Emerald (green) Group

Friday 22nd March - Sapphire (blue) Group

 

Homework

 

Homework/Write and Tell books will be given out on a Friday. They will need to be returned by the following Tuesday. Ideas for the homework will be available on the Weekly Overviews. Each week please give feedback on how your child found the activities, by leaving a short comment with their homework.

 

Keep checking back on this page for more updates and to see some of our brilliant work.

 

Please note that jewellery is not allowed to be worn in school. This includes hoop earrings, bracelets, anklets and necklaces. Only small studs are allowed, although these have to be removed on PE days. Our PE day is Wednesday.

 

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Welcome Video for Early Years children September 2020- Miss Hall's Class

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We hope these informative videos give you an insight into our daily routines in Early Years and allow the children to see their new teachers and assure them of what to expect when they come to Great Berry in September. We are looking forward to meeting you all!

The Early Years Team

Children’s View on their time in Early Years- Miss Hall’s Class

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We asked some of the current Early Years children to talk about their experiences and what they have enjoyed doing this year. We hope this will encourage conversations about the topics we will be learning and help to settle any worries about coming to school.

Children’s View on their time in Early Years- Mrs Goodbrand and Mrs McGlinchey’s Class

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We have asked some of the current Early Years children to talk about their experiences and what they have enjoyed doing this year. We hope this will encourage conversations about the topics we will be learning and help to settle any worries about coming to school.

Miss Hall's Story- The Smartest Giant in Town

We hope you enjoy the stories read by each of the Early Years teachers from Great Berry. We hope that by providing these videos it will be a good opportunity for your child to practise sitting quietly and listening carefully to their teachers voice.

A Tour of Year One

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Phonic sounds and actions e u r h b f l ss

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Phonic sounds and actions j v w x y z

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Phonic sounds and actions

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Phonic sounds and actions

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