Foundation stage webpage
Welcome to the Early Years Foundations stage (EYFS) . The EYFS consists of both Nursery and Reception aged children where the staff work together as a team.
Our class teachers are Mrs McGregor, Mrs Hancock and Miss Crossland and our teaching assistants are Mrs Stubbs, Mrs Morris and Miss Smith. Between us we have many years of experience in working with young children, and aim to make every child’s time at Rooks Nest Academy positive and rewarding.
Throughout the week we listen to lots of stories and in Reception we get to read one to one with an adult. In reception we get a new reading book and library book each week, starting with wordless books and in Nursery we get a library book to take home. These then need to be brought each week so we can swap them for other exciting story. In Reception we practise letters, sounds and words to help develop our reading skills and support our learning at home.
On Tuesdays we get to go and explore our outdoor forest school area in the morning so we can come dressed in tracksuit bottoms/leggings, our wellies/other suitable footwear and our school polo shirt and jumper. As it gets colder we will also need our hats, gloves and scarves to keep warm and don’t forget to bring your school shoes to change into.
On Wednesday afternoons we have singing together where we learn lots of new songs. It is great fun.
On Thursday Reception have P.E. in the hall. We wear shorts and t-shirts and don’t need any footwear (we’ll be in bare feet).
On Friday afternoon we have a class assembly where we can celebrate our achievements throughout the week. It is always exciting to see who has been working hard and we enjoy celebrating our accomplishments together. We also love to see any out of school achievements so please bring in any certificates you may have received from out of school activities.
All the staff are very creative and enjoy working alongside the children (following their interests to develop their learning and understanding). We love learning through play and we are always being challenged and enthused by interesting activities. We also take part in whole class lessons, work alongside the teacher in small groups and have lots of time during free play to complete self-initiated tasks based on our own interests and ideas.
All the staff encourage us to have a go at everything, providing support and challenge where necessary. The teachers carefully plan our work in line with the 7 areas of learning identified in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. They also tailor any work and activities so that it is accessible to all and meets everyone’s needs.
It’s great being in Nursery and Reception!