Foundation Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Our purpose built Reception unit consists of two interlinked classrooms where children from Duckling and Cygnet Classes learn together as part of free flow time. Our children love engaging in a wide range of learning opportunities both inside the classrooms and in the outside area. Our children are encouraged to learn outside in all weathers - we provide wet weather clothing and regularly visit our Nature Reserve and Lady well Fields to extend our children's outdoor learning experiences.

 


 

Your child's journey to early years

 

We don't have a school Nursery at Prendergast Primary, therefore we provide lots of opportunities for our Reception pupils to visit us before they start school.

Our transition events in the Summer term before pupils start school include:

Taster mornings

Parent and Child lunches

Music and Drama workshops

Our Family Picnic

An invite to our Summer Fare

A visit at home from the Class Teacher and Early Years Practitioner

By the time our children start school our aim is for them to be familiar with our staff, some of our routines and our school building. This enables our Reception pupils to settle very quickly.

 


 

Their First Weeks

 

Starting school is an exciting time for all of us. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children for the first 15 minutes of the school day. During this time we encourage parents and younger siblings to engage with their children in the learning opportunities set out in the classroom. We use the Class Dojo APP as a secure messaging service and also keep parents updated with pictures of their children's learning in progress as well. The APP also supports our positive behaviour system, with parents, teachers and pupils being able to share in the successes of the day.

We feel it really important that we have a strong parent, teacher relationship so we continue to give parents the opportunity to stay for the first 15 minutes of each morning throughout the school year. Some parents choose to stay every day and some dip in and out where their schedule allows - all visits are welcome. We also encourage all of our parents to join our PTA as well as inviting them to volunteer in school and on school visits.

 


 

Learning Inside And Outside The Classroom

 

Our purpose built Reception unit consists of two interlinked classrooms where children from Duckling and Cygnet Classes learn together as part of free flow time. Our children love engaging in a wide range of learning opportunities both inside the classrooms and in the outside area. Our children are encouraged to learn outside in all weathers - we provide wet weather clothing and regularly visit our Nature Reserve and Lady well Fields to extend our children's outdoor learning experiences.

 


 

Reading at Prendergast Primary

 

Engaging children to have a love of books and reading is vital to their development. We encourage our children to take books home as often as possible to share with their parents and carers. Our new building will have its own dedicated library area where parents and children will have the opportunity to borrow books.

As their reading develops our children are encouraged to take home a book linked to our phonics programme 'Read Write Inc.'. Children will bring home a book that they are confident in reading to foster a sense of achievement and success.

Phonics and reading workshops give parents and carers the opportunity to find out more about our phonics programme and how they can support their children at home.

 


 

Home Learning In Early Years

 

In our Reception classes at Prendergast Primary we have a Home Learning programme which is designed to support our children with their reading and writing, and also to foster a love of books.

We ask that parents:

Share a book with their children every night

Encourage their children to practice their letters and sounds using their writing packs

As children progress to listen to their child read a book from our Read Write Inc. reading scheme

To complete activites linked to our curriculum and topics 

 

 


 

Feeling Safe and Confident At Prendergast Primary

 

We pride ourselves in developing confident, happy and polite young people. Our Reception School Councillors are elected in the Spring Term and share a bi-weekly 'working lunch' with the Head of School and Pastoral and Welfare Leader. Our children are encouraged to take part in fund-raising events and develop an early understanding of good citizenship. Our children are also encouraged to take part in our wide range of extra-curricular clubs.

These include:

Drama

Choir

Sports

Dance

Languages

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Enrichment Outside The Classroom

 

An important part of our curriculum are trips and visits. We aim for our children to have at least two trips a term in addition to our outdoor learning opportunities.

 

Trips in early years include:

A visit to Godstone Farm

Library and Bookshop visits

Hornimans Museum

A whole school seaside trip on the train

A London Symphony Orchestra experience