Early Years at Hackness CE Primary School continues the young child’s development from their previous settings (home / playgroups / nurseries) through to the end of Reception age group (four to five years). We are delighted to have very close relationships with local pre-school providers which smooths the transition as new pupils join us. As part of our transition programme, Miss Fanous visits children in their existing settings before the children attend a number of transition days in school during the summer term.
At the end of Reception, assessments are shared formally in writing regarding children's achievement and learning styles, against the Early Learning Goals: the prime areas (Communication / Language, Physical Development, and Personal / Social / Emotional Development) and the specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design). These judgements are informed by children's work throughout the year, in their independent and adult-directed play-based learning, and are enhanced through regular contributions from parents and other adults known to the child. Staff also follow objective-led planning in order to identify and build on children's knowledge, skills and understanding. Attainment is judged as 'Emerging', 'Expected' or 'Exceeding' based on average achievements at the end of the child's first year at school, per the following statutory and non-statutory guidelines:
Phonics is taught using a multisensory approach to support children’s developing understanding of decoding words for reading and encoding for writing. The school follows 'Letters and Sounds’ but also utilises elements of ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Bug Club’ to embed the children’s learning.
Children have access to graded reading schemes from Oxford University Press (including Oxford Owls, a vast range of eBooks), Collins Big Cat and National Geographic, allowing them to apply their phonic knowledge across a range of texts and develop their comprehension skills as they do so. In school the children also take part in Guided Group Reading in Early Years and KS1 and currently uses a range of texts from Scholastic, Rigby Star, Floppy’s Phonics and ‘free’ readers (such as well-loved books by Roald Dahl, Jill Murphy or Julia Donaldson), depending on children’s ability and interests.
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In their reading packets are (or reading records), which we use to exchange any news or comments with you, our parents and carers, and we welcome any contributions you would like to make. We also use them to record individual reading, and would encourage you to add your own comments to them, letting us know when you have read with your child, and how they got on. Planners should be kept in reading packets and brought to school each day. You will also find other items have been included which will help your child to practise writing his/her name, and forming letters correctly.
During the year, we will be using high quality texts to drive our topics and the children’s interests. In our English we look specifically at internalising the text and learning it off by heart using pictures and actions. Following this, the children create class versions of these stories or non-fiction texts, by following the same pattern of language.