Letter From Our Head of Phase
My name is Mrs Lloyd and I am the Head of Early Years at Southfields Primary. I have been working at the school for 17 years and most of those have been in the Foundation Stage. I have a passion for the early years and how children learn and my main aim is to ensure the children have a positive start to their schooling. The transition process into school is key for ensuring the children settle as quickly and as happily as possible. Parent partnership is also extremely important as I know myself what an emotional time it can be for you and your little ones.
The EYFS journey starts from the moment we meet you all in June and continues throughout their time in reception. It can be a very exciting and anxious time for your youngsters so it is important to me that we get the transition right.
I have a very experienced team working in the reception base and am confident that all the teachers and teaching assistants working with me are also committed to the transition process.
We start the year by getting to know your children by completing baseline assessment which will tell us what your child can do and what they enjoy doing. We then begin more formal teaching sessions and introduce the children to the basic literacy and mathematics skills. It is important that there is a balance of teacher directed teaching and child initiated play. This organisation not only teaches the children the basics of literacy and mathematics but also gives them time to explore and embed their own learning through carefully planned resourcing across the base.
The children will come home with a reading book very early on in the term and they will be able to change their book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We ask kindly that you share a book at home with your child on a daily basis and yes this does include bedtime stories! The home learning journals form an intergral part of your child’s learning journey and the WOW! post it notes help us to celebrate your child’s achievements, so please support us by completing these on a weekly basis too.
Tapestry is used to observe and assess your children and also gives you an insight into what your child has been doing at school on a daily basis. Often when the children are asked at the end of the day “What have you done today?” they reply nothing! Believe me no child in reception does “nothing”, just take a look at Tapestry and you will discover the truth! We also want to see and hear about what your child has done at the weekend so please add your own observations too.
It is my aim that the children leave the Foundation stage equipped with the appropriate skills and experiences in order that they become confident and happy learners and well-rounded individuals.
As the Head of Early Years it is my role to ensure smooth running of the reception base so if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.
Thank you for reading,
Head of Early Years