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 eighteen years and the majority of this time has been in Early Years Foundation Stage. I have a passion for the early years education and many years of experience supporting children to 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 this can be an emotional time for parents as children begin their school life. As head of EYFS I would like to reassure you that we have many years of successfully supporting this transition, with a legacy of happy children and parents.
The EYFS journey starts from the moment we meet you all in June and continues throughout their time in reception. We enjoy visiting you and your child at home and finding more about you. Inviting parents to an evening to embrace school life and find out about EYFS. We then invite parents and pupils to spend time with us in school before the holidays. We give all of the children a special little book about school and a book bag as well as some activities to try during the holidays. We want the transition to be a happy one and we work hard with children and families to ensure that pupils are supported well as they move into the EYFS classes and beyond.
The EYFS team is very committed and experienced at working with this age group. They ensure that all adults have the highest expectations of the children both in terms of their learning but also learning behaviour. Adults know the pupils well across the base and make effective use of children’s assessments, so that they can plan precise activities and facilitate learning so that it meets children’s needs and next steps in learning.
We start the year by getting to know your children by completing baseline assessment CEM, which informs us about some of the things your child can do as well as making our own teacher assessments by talking to and observing the children. We have a range of teaching experiences with developing good classroom learning behaviours as well as child initiated exploration and play. By combining teaching sessions with experiential discovery learning we are able to develop pupils interest and therefore build their literacy and mathematics skills whilst learning about the world around them and enjoying the wonderful provision we have at Southfields. It is important that there is a balance of teacher directed planned learning as well child initiated play and opportunities to practice and become independent in their learning .
The children will come home with a reading book as soon as they start school and they will be encouraged from day one to love selecting and enjoying a range of books. They will be able to change their books every two days giving them time to enjoy them with you before changing them for a new book. Please take time to share the books at home with your child and enjoy reading for pleasure and setting up good bedtime routines with a grea way to end each day sharing a story. The home learning journals form an integral part of your child’s learning journey and the WOW! post it notes we provide for you also 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. When the children are asked at the end of the day “What have you done today?” they have learnt so much and they often don't know where to start and remember just a few things, but Tapestry captures learning through pictures and observations - this gives you lots to talk about and many wonderful reminders to share with family and friends. We also love Tapestry as you can also share your own magic moments at home. We want to see and hear about what your child has been doing outside of school and forms an important part of their education.
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 ready to move onto year 1 confidently as well as having a strong foundation to build future learning.
As the Head of Early Years it is my role to ensure that your child gets the very best from their experience in school, that they develop a love of learning and good friendships. I thoroughly enjoy my role as Head of EYFS and if you ever have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to speak to me.
I look forward to our partnership together,
Head of Early Years