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Tapestry

We use Tapestry, an online learning journal to help teachers and parents records the progress of our children in Nursery and Reception.

 

If you have completed the form, you can logon using this link.

 

What is Tapestry?

Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal where teachers record photos, observations and comments, for parents to see at home.

This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children's play and learning in and outside of the classroom.

 

How does Tapestry work?

Tapestry provides each individual child with their own Learning Journal held online, only you can see your child's journal no other parents will be able to see your child's journal. Parents and carers are given their own log-in using their email and password (which is pre-set by us but can be changed by you to make it more secure). All EYFS staff are also given a secure log-in.

Then both you and our staff can then upload observations, photos or videos; recording children's achievements and assessing their learning in reference to the curriculum.

 

How do I get a login for my child?

At the start of each year we will provide all new parents with a Tapestry set up letter. This letter requires an email address (you can provide more than one), your child's name and a parent name. Once this letter is sent back into school we can then set up your child's Learning Journal for you to access.

 

If you require any more information, you can either speak to your child's teacher or the school office.

What Our Children Say

Here are some responses from our some of our Reception children about what they think of their school:

"School is amazing. I love it so much." - Junior

"Being in R1 is great!" - Gracie-Louise

"School is so fun and brilliant" - Zak

"I love school because I like learning" - Sophie

Daily routine

The children are met and welcomed for the day in the playground. They come in with their teacher and hang up their coats and put away their book bags independently.

We then have registration. After which, the children engage in a whole class Maths Meeting. This includes the children singing and talking about the days of the week, months of the year, today’s date and weather. They also consolidate their maths learning from the previous day too.

During the morning, we have one session of phonics (revisiting sounds learnt so far, learning a new sound, reading and spelling tricky words, reading and spelling words with the new sound of the day, reading and writing a sentence) and another session of maths per day. Other activities through the day include - small group writing/topic work and choosing a variety of challenging and stimulating free choice activities that are linked to the current topic both inside and out. (See Kinder Corner)

 The children have access to free-flow play all day. All three Reception classes share a large outdoor area. The varied activities outside are linked to the indoor learning but on a bigger scale. The children also have a separate digging, gardening and wildlife area to experience horticulture and to get active in the garden to promote gardening interests, skills and to encourage them to grow their own vegetables.

Snack

The children enjoy snack time together each day. They have a variety of fruit to choose from and either milk or water. Initially, this is a ‘sit down and eat together’ activity. As the children become more independent, they can choose when they eat their fruit throughout the day and can access water at all times.

 

Dough Disco

We have ‘Dough Disco’ most mornings to develop and practise the small movements we need for writing. We use play doh and play music and each child manipulates the dough….it is great fun!

 

Success for All: Kinder Corner

To support children in learning literacy skills we use an approach called Kinder Corner. This is a comprehensive early years programme based on research indicating that young children learn best when material is delivered holistically rather than in isolation. Using a thematic approach to learning, Kinder Corner addresses all key developmental stages for early learners. Kinder Corner helps children make sense of the world around them, fostering the development of their language, literacy and interpersonal and self-help skills, as well as science and social studies concepts. Kinder Corner provides a balance between free-choice activities and teacher-led activities, with emphasis given to oral-language and literacy development.

Throughout each school day the children experience talking about music and art through puzzles, books and games and listen to a variety of styles of music. They discover how sounds are turned into music and enjoy ‘Rhyme time’. A story is shared each day and the children write about their favourite part of the story each day on a ‘leaf’ and add it to The Story Tree display is class. There are a variety of ‘Learning Labs’ (free choice activities) for the children to access all day: Library Lab, Drama Lab, Construction Lab, Writing Lab, Small World Lab, Maths Lab, Music Lab and Art Lab. There is also a ‘Let’s daydream’ and ‘Write away’ time where the children listen to poetry or music and relax, and complete an independent or teacher-led written activity.

Maths Mastery

Unit 1 Pattern and shape: we begin the year with a clear focus on reasoning and problem solving. This unit offers an opportunity to ensure that every child has been introduced to the key concepts about pattern, shape and size in order for them to apply their learning in purposeful play.

Key learning

-          recognise, describe and copy colour and size patterns

-          recognise, describe, copy and extend colour and size patterns

-          create and describe colour and size patterns

-          explore the properties of 2D shapes

-          copy and extend a 2D shape pattern

-          create shape patterns

-          create shape, colour or size patterns

-          create shape, colour or size patterns

 

Unit 2 Same and different (matching pairs) : This unit focuses on children beginning to learn how to estimate a number of objects and check by counting as well as developing children's understanding of the concepts of same and different when matching representations of 1 and 2.

Key learning

-          estimate and check by counting 1 or 2 objects reliably

-          recognise if a number of objects is the same or different (working with numbers 1 and 2)

-          count one or two reliably using abstract materials

-          describe and create patterns that are the same and different

-          recognise the numerals 1 and 2

 

Unit 3 Numbers within 5: this unit is focused on children developing a depth of understanding about numbers within 5. Children will learn to count reliably within 5 and explore different representations of these numbers. In addition, children will have opportunities to develop their understanding of ordering numbers 1–5 correctly, saying which is one more and one less.

Key Learning

-          To count up to three objects reliably

-          To estimate a number of objects and check by counting

-          To estimate and count four objects reliably

-          To understand the conservation of number

-          To identify 'same' and 'different' when looking at numbers within five in different – representations

-          To estimate and count five objects reliably

-          To say which number is one more and one greater than a given number within five

-          To say which number is one fewer and one less than a given number within five

-          To place numbers 1-5 in order

 

Unit 4 Measure: this builds on Unit 1 (Pattern) and introduces children to capacity and volume. Children will have opportunities to recognise, create and describe shape patterns as well as estimate, measure, weigh and compare objects.

Key Learning

-          To order objects by size

-          To use everyday language to talk about volume and capacity

-          To explore and compare the volumes and capacities of everyday objects

-          To use everyday language to talk about weight

-          To estimate, compare and explore the weight of everyday objects

-          To use everyday language to talk about size

-          To estimate, compare and explore the length of everyday objects

 

Read With Me

Parents and Carers are invited into class on the first Tuesday on every month to read with their child and/or a small group of children from 9 to 9:15am.

 

Reading Books

Reading books must be brought to school every day. We hear the children read every day. Books are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please remember to sign and annotate your child’s Reading Record Book at home every time you read with them.

Class Work and Displays

R2 have been learning about those near and dear to us and have linked this with there Black History month. We chose Barack Obama and he has his wife and two daughters who are the nearest and dearest to him.

 

Nursery

This interactive maths area displays the current numbers that children are learning. There are interactive elements to the display allowing children to come and practise counting and recognising the focus numbers. The area is bright, has a range of vocabulary and resources that are attractively displayed and inviting to children.

This outdoor role play area has been created to support the current theme of learning. A range of keywords and pictures are available. There are opportunities for children to play in role as Jungle explorers. Time has been spent setting the area up to reflect the jungle explorer theme, any pieces of furniture that don’t fit the area have been removed or covered over – fridge etc.

 

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