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Welcome to Hexham First School Early Years Unit!

In Nursery and Reception we have fun exploring, investigating and learning new skills through a variety of play activities. Our broad and balanced curriculum provides opportunities for first hand experiences which enthuse, excite and inspire all children in all areas of learning. Activities are carefully planned in response to the children's own interests as we believe that this is the most effective way to stimulate and support children's own natural curiosity whilst developing key skills and knowledge. Each day we utilise our extensive outdoor provision as free flow learning, ensuring that the children have the opportunity to explore the natural environment.
 
Please see the Learning Overviews for Nursery and Reception for more details of our planned learning. If you would like to find out more about how we plan for your child’s learning please do not hesitate to chat to a member of Early Years staff.
You may notice your child occasionally wearing a “Ask me about………” sticker. This is to help your child to remember some of the exciting activities we enjoy in the Unit and to encourage lots of lovely conversations at home about things we do in school.. Do please ask them to explain what the sticker is all about!

Tapestry

Staff will continue to share observations of your child’s learning and experiences through our super online assessment tool, Tapestry. It is always really great to read contributions from home and the children love sharing photographs from home with their friends. Thanks to all of our parents who have uploaded photos or comments to Tapestry so far this year. If you would like staff to chat with you about how to upload to Tapestry, please feel free to ask at any time. Also, please shout up if you have mislaid your password – they are very easily reset!

Clothing/P.E. kit
 
Learning in the Early Years Unit takes place both indoors and outside. Whilst we have lots of spare clothes it is helpful if your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the weather – raincoats, wellies, sunhats and suncream might all be necessary this term!
Reception Class have P.E. with our fantastic specialist Mr Dowson. These sessions take place on Thursdays. Please ensure that your child has a named P.E. kit in school (this should include black/blue shorts, white t shirt and sand shoes) or speak to a member of EY staff if you need to borrow a spare kit.
Nursery children do not need P.E. kit.

Early Reading 
 
'Never Say No to a story'

Reading is at the very heart of everything we do in the Early Years Unit. Staff in the Early Years Unit all share a passion for children's literature and pride themselves on their ability to bring a book to life! Every child in Nursery and Reception shares a range of high quality picture books through several planned story sessions each day. Our staff are also always available to share books with individual children. Our mantra is 'Never say no to a story' - and we mean it! Children are also introduced to a wide variety of Nursery rhymes, poems and songs. Please support your child by continuing to share books with them – nothing beats a bedtime story!
To further support the development of a lifelong love of reading all our children borrow a book from the school library each week on Fridays (or Wednesday if your child does not attend school on Fridays). Your child chooses these books independently and they are for you to read together for pleasure. Please return the book each week ready for it to be changed on Friday/Wednesday thanks.
 
Phonics

Children in Nursery are working to develop their phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting skills. If appropriate, the children will start to become familiar with some grapheme-phoneme correspondences through a playful and multisensory approach using songs, actions and stories whilst they continue to learn to sequence, blend and segment sounds orally. 


Children in Reception continue to develop their phonological understanding through daily discrete Phonics sessions. At Hexham First we follow the RWI scheme. The children all read at least twice a week with a member of school staff . Two reading scheme books home are sent home each week to share with parents/carers. We are delighted with the progress that all our children are making with their reading – thank you so much for reading together!

Although Nursery children don’t have formal reading books, reading is also central to the Nursery day.