Applying for Primary School

If your child lives in Derbyshire and was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you need to apply to Derbyshire County Council for a primary school place for them.  The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.
Guidance for parents is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions.
If your child has an Education Health Care Plan contact the county council's SEND Central Team on 01629 536531 or 01629 536547.

Children in Need 2019

Children in Need Friday 15th November 2019

Children are welcome to dress up.
Any donations will be forwarded to Children in Need.

Autumn Term Two 2019

AUTUMN TERM TWO 2019

Bonfire
Poppy Day
Children in Need
St Andrew’s Day
Christmas


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Children will learn to show understanding and cooperate with some boundaries and routines

We will learn to respond to the feelings and wishes of others



Communication and Language

Speaking

We will use language as a powerful means of widening contact, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts

We will use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next

Physical Development


Health and Self Care

We will support children’s growing independence and talk about the importance of hand washing

We will observe the effects of activity on our bodies

Literacy

Writing

We will encourage the children to make marks in different ways both inside and outside

We will encourage children to give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

Mathematics

Shape, Space & Measure

We will use descriptive words such as big and little in everyday play situations and through books and stories

We will show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects

Understanding the World

Technology

We will seek to acquire basic skills in turning on and operating some ICT equipment

We will encourage children to show an interest in technological toys eg torches, cameras, remote control cars

Expressive arts and design

Being Imaginative

We will being to make believe by pretending

We will create movement in response to music


How can you help your child?
Talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Talk about colours and shapes and look for colours and shapes around them
Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school

Remember: Staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.

AUTUMN TERM ONE 2019

Autumn
Harvest

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self Confidence and Self Awareness
 Separate from main carer with support
 Understanding and following new/old routines
 Promoting independence when making choices

Communication and Language
  
Understanding
 We will develop an understanding of simple concepts such as big/little
 We will provide opportunities for children to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel
 We will prompt children's thinking

Physical Development

Moving and Handling
We will motivate children to be active through music and movement
We will encourage children in their efforts to pour a drink and manipulate objects in their play

Literacy

Reading
We will encourage children to fill in the missing word eg Humpty Dumpty sat on a ........
We will focus on meaningful print such as children's names

Mathematics

Numbers
We will sing counting songs and rhymes which help to develop children's understanding of number
We will be counting objects and comparing quantities

Understanding the World

The World
We will tell stories about places and journeys
We will develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time


Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using Media and Materials
We will encourage and support the inventive ways in which children add or mix media
We will talk about children's growing interest in and use of colours as they begin to find differences between colours

How can you help your child?
Talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Count objects on the way to school eg "How many red cars can you see?"
Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school

Remember: staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.

Summer Holidays

Term ends on Friday 19th July

Pre-School reopens on Monday 2nd September


SUMMER TERM ONE 2019



Growing and Spring 



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Children will be thinking about their emotions.


Children will talk about our rules and how we can make things fair


Communication and Language

Speaking

We will be encouraging the children to talk about their interests

The children will have lots of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening through a variety of activities


Physical Development


Moving and Handling

Energetic play will take place daily

Opportunities will be provided for children to practice manipulative skills


Literacy

Reading

We will focus on meaningful print eg children's names

We will be looking at Traditional stories and discussing the characters with the children


Mathematics

Numbers

We will learn numbers by singing counting songs

We will encourage children to count the things they see and do eg jumps


Understanding the World

Technology

We will be encouraging children to acquire basic skills when operating ICT equipment

We will encourage children to speculate on the reasons why things happen or how they work


Expressive arts and design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Children will be encouraged to experiment with blocks, colours and marks

Children will experience different painting techniques eg marble, printing, finger


How can you help your child?
Continue to talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Count objects on the way to school eg "How many red cars can you see?"
Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school

Remember: staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.



Ready for School in Derbyshire

The 10 keys to unlocking school readiness*

  • I can settle happily without my parent/carer
  • I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need
  • I can take turns and share when I am playing
  • I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands
  • I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself
  • I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross
  • I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy
  • I am curious and want to learn and play
  • I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions
  • I enjoy sharing books with grown ups


*If a child is developing typically for their age

World Book Day

If your child wishes, he/she may dress up as a character from a book for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019

Thank you

Spring Term Two 2019


Themes/Special Days

Spring
World Book Day
Mother's Day
St Patrick’s Day
Easter



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self confidence & Self Awareness

We will be learning about sharing, turn taking and making new friends.

We will be encouraging self help skills such as putting their own coat on.


Communication and Language

Understanding

We will provide opportunities for children to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel.

We will talk to children about what they have been doing and help them to reflect upon and explain events


Physical Development

Health and Self Care

We will support children's growing independence and talk about the importance of hand washing.

We will encourage children to notice changes in their body after exercise.


Literacy

Writing

We will encourage the children to make marks in different ways both inside and outside.

We will support children in recognising and writing their own name


Mathematics

Shape, Space and Measure

We will use descriptive words such as big and little in everyday play situations and through books and stories.

We will encourage children to talk about the shapes they see and use.


Understanding the World

The World

We will be learning about different parts of the body as well as looking at the difference between children and adults.

We will look closely at similarities and differences.


Expressive arts and design

Being Imaginative

We will observe and encourage children's make-believe play to gain an understanding of their interests.

We will carefully support children who are less confident.


How can you help your child?
Talk to your child about what happens at school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Talk to your child about road safety eg red man means stop

Remember: staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.



Spring Term One 2019


Spring Term One 2019

This term we will be learning about Winter,  Road Safety, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year
Please send your children in warm coats, hats and suitable footwear as lots of activities are planned for outdoors.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships
We will be welcoming many new children.  
We will be focusing on:
  •  getting the children to understand and follow new routines. 
  •  making relationships through shared experiences 
  • forming good relationships with peers
Communication and Language: Listening and Attention
We will be encouraging children to:
  • learn each others’ names
  • recognise sounds
  • anticipate phrases in rhymes
Physical: Moving and Handling
We will be encouraging independence. 
Physical exercise will take place daily.

Literacy: Reading
We will be filling in missing words in rhymes eg Humpty Dumpty sat on a .........
We will be discussing characters in books and predicting outcomes

Mathematics: Numbers
We will be counting objects and comparing quantities.
We will sing counting songs and rhymes using fingers to represent numbers

Understanding the World: People and Communities
We will be talking about the environment and children's experiences
Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials
We will create sounds, talk about texture and move to music


How can you help your child?
Talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Talk to your child about road safety  eg the red man means stop
Count objects on the way to school eg “How many red cars can you see?”
Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school
Encourage children to put their own coats on
Remember: Staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child