Sedgefield Primary School

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  3. Early Years - Nursery and Reception

EYFS - Nursery and Reception! 

Welcome to the EYFS! 

We have plenty of fun, whilst learning lots, inside and outside.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mums and grandmothers! 
The children have painted their portraits.

There was great excitement when Reception were able to go on a bus to Spennymoor Leisure Centre to take part in Go Well's 'Under the Sea' P.E. activities.  The children were amazing and enjoyed the whole experience!

We really enjoy and benefit from outdoor learning, especially on our visits to 'The Woodlands', where we can learn whilst having lots of fun.  So far half of the Reception children have been for a visit and found out how we stay safe when we are working there.  There will be many more exciting activities to come as the year progresses.

The children love the role play areas that we have.  

How do we teach Phonics, Reading and Writing?  Please see our PowerPoint.

Our outside  classroom is a busy place, what ever the weather!  Outside water play is great fun and we love investigating how it can move! The mud kitchen and digging area are also very popular, but we need to remember to wear wellies and an apron! We have lots of different things in our Tuff Spots and make great constructions with our hollow blocks and other resources.

Our 2 canopies make our outdoor learning more pleasurable when it is rainy, and we can keep lots of resources dry under them. 


 Each term we will upload a letter outlining  the things that we expect to do.

Click here for this term's Reception letter.

Click here for this term's Nursery letter.

Our topics this year, so far, have been 'All About Me', 'Autumn & Harvest', 'Celebrations - including Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas', the very popular 'Dinosaurs' and 'Keeping Safe'.

Our topic now is 'Keeping Healthy', with a focus on the food that we eat, exercise and keeping clean.

Reception enjoyed singing 'You've got a Friend in Me'.

In Early Years we enjoy visits out and visitors!  Reception have enjoyed a walk around Sedgefield to look for different types of homes, with a quick play on the park!  Mrs McPhie came to talk to us about 'Feeding Families' and how we can help.  We have had visits from the fire brigade and the police.

Parent/carers are the children's first educators and we know that this does not stop when children starts in the EYFS. Through our home/school books we send home activities to support and develop on what the children have been doing in school, as well as give parents/carers the opportunity to share their child's achievements and adventures. 



In Nursery and Reception the curriculum is very much play based and follows the children's interests.  The children are really 'learning' whilst with us!

Through child initiated and adult led activities the children develop their skills in the Prime Areas of Learning (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development) and Specific Areas of Learning (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design).

The children learn the basic skills of focusing on a given task, sharing equipment, working together (or individually), listening to others and taking turns; all of which will give them a really solid foundation as they progress through school.