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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 termly 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.
Class Dojo
We use Class Dojo to share learning and news about the whole class. The class page has very regular photos, news and celebrations that we enjoy sharing with families.  We use the portfolio section of Class Dojo to send you individual 'Wow' moments and photos regarding your child's learning . The children love sharing news from home and you can use the portfolio section on Class Dojo to send photos and news from home that children can share with their class. 

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 Brown. These sessions take place on Wednesdays. We ask that all Reception children come to school in PE kit on Wednesdays rather than change at school. PE will take place both inside and outdoors so please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear (trainers or plimsols), shorts/jogging bottoms and a warm top.
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!

Children in Nursery begin to develop their phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting skills through a playful and multisensory approach using songs, actions and games. When appropriate, the children will start to become familiar with some grapheme-phoneme correspondences through contextually appropriate text such as names and signs. 

Children in Reception continue to develop their phonological understanding through daily discrete Phonics sessions. At Hexham First we follow the RWI scheme. Lots of information about how we teach Phonics can be found in the curriculum section of the website. Please don't hesitate to speak to staff if you require further information.

Parent Consultations
After a period of time where it was not possible for families to be in school buildings as much as we would like, we have been thrilled to invite parents into school for their child's parent consultations.  As a family, you will get to see Nursery and Reception through the eyes of your child. As excellent hosts, children love to show their families their school space and all the favourite places, activities and contributions to our walls full of treasures that display the children's learning. It's a great opportunity to talk to the Early Years team about your child's development and share information between home and school. Each child will have two consultations over the year. Of course if there is anything you would like to discuss anything regarding your child then as always Early Years adults are always available before and after school and we will also respond to emails or Class Dojo portfolio messages. (Please note that email and Class Dojo correspondence will be responded to during school hours)
Summer Term 2022
What a fantastic start to the Summer term. 
It has started with lots of things to celebrate and things to look forward to celebrate:
> Jack and the Beanstalk, we have thoroughly immersing ourselves in the traditional tale. We have have fun listening to it, roleplaying it and changing parts of it. Nursery have roleplayed and talked about their new versions and reception children have enjoyed writing about their new version as well.
> We have all planted bean seeds and observed the changes. We have created our own non-fiction  information book about our observations. 
> We have enjoyed exploring the 'Hexham First Garden Centre' role play area outside and reception children have loved their trip to a local garden centre. 
> The children have solved the problem of the raised beds in our yard being in bad condition, one child got his Grandad on the job, what kind and generous families we have. We love our new planting beds. Thank you so much.
> When a mystery animal turned up in the our outdoor space, we loved observing and talking about it and  discovering what it was and sharing that information with the rest of the school. 
> Children have enjoyed Little Movers sessions and showing their funky dancing with confidence. 
We have welcomed, cared for and watched carefully the caterpillars that arrived in class, wondering, observing and talking about the changes that we saw. 
> We have listened and responded to children's favourite songs from over the year. Happy Hedgehog from our hedgehog learning in Autumn term is still a strong favourite!
And that is just some of the things covered in the first half term of the Summer term.  After the May half term break, we look forward to farm trips, beach trips, talking about transition, reflecting on our successes over the year. Appreciating our uniqueness and think about how to look after our amazing bodies.  
Another fantastic term for us all in Hexham First Early Years Class.