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18/06/24

🚨 BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 The naughty pea has taken over the nursery garden… if you catch any stray peas, please contact nursery. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/68ZabYpmGL

10/06/24

For their snack this morning, nursery class enjoyed some lettuce they they have grown themselves in the garden! pic.twitter.com/0W5qKluhys

07/06/24

The eco club members had a great time at the eco conference. They participated in lots of activities and learnt lots about the importance of pollinators. Did you know that hummingbirds play a vital role in the pollination of many different species of plant life?! pic.twitter.com/KJEe7osJ7C

06/06/24

The eco club members were thrilled to receive their green flag. They were proud to hang it and celebrated with some gardening in the sun! pic.twitter.com/bsQLc8mB11

31/05/24

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the super kids! Calling all superheroes to class on Monday… 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/oD8T5zJmnT

30/05/24

Families of Buntingford First, get ready! Our summer celebration will be on Thursday June 27th, after sports day! Stay tuned for more updates next week… ☀️🎉 pic.twitter.com/m2Nji1AgBy

23/05/24

YAAAY! We did it! A HUGE thank you to our eco committee for their efforts in helping us achieve our very first Eco Schools Green Flag! Caring for our planet is everyone’s responsibility. We would also like to thank each and every student for participating. pic.twitter.com/lsMWkCbCp7

22/05/24

We had a wonderful time meeting our new animal friends. We met Winston the bearded dragon, Malcolm the leopard gecko, Neville the snake, Marvin the giant African land snail, Remy the hamster and Gertrude the wide mouthed tree frog! pic.twitter.com/TyH9N6t76Q

21/05/24

Nursery class are definitely passing through an enclosing play schema! This is when they like to enclose themselves and toys in buildings and boxes. Through this schema they are showing an interest in shape and space! pic.twitter.com/Xtec8FBC23

16/05/24

A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋 pic.twitter.com/vDGIVEboon

10/05/24

Buntingford First School is a Climate Action award winner!Read the full story https://t.co/v6ARrBnIU8

09/05/24

Our eco committee: saving the world, one tree at a time! 🌳 pic.twitter.com/7OMzGFbBuV

08/05/24

We are working towards earning our silver award from the 🌳 today we completed the viewpoints challenge, exploring nature from different perspectives! pic.twitter.com/hdM2MfbIcz

02/05/24

The eco committee have been hard at work planting a wildflower area to support pollinators. They produced posters to encourage others to do the same! 🐝 pic.twitter.com/BUEFKZhRSX

30/04/24

Well done to some of our friends for their litter picking efforts at the weekend! Remember, we have four litter pickers you may borrow, just ask your class teacher! pic.twitter.com/Y9bTJvv6Z9

30/04/24

In nursery we have some very strong and brave little ladies! 💪😀 pic.twitter.com/LjtwuHKOCx

26/04/24

Finally it’s here! Head over to our new instagram page and follow us ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PJ3aEYenWJ

25/04/24

It was a busy afternoon for the eco committee today! pic.twitter.com/IWBQcAveBx

23/04/24

Here it is… Our collaborative mural to celebrate taking care of our wonderful world ❤️🌎 pic.twitter.com/GDSPrmr5oz

29/03/24

What an exciting end to a fantastic half term… Oak class had a special delivery from outer space, spaceship parts! The children decided that the mummy and daddy aliens must have arrived to collect their baby and parked their spaceship on the roof! pic.twitter.com/fTFGQ4xof0

27/03/24

Staff Wellbeing lunch is ready - we love how brilliant our staff are here! Thank you for all that you do for our children. pic.twitter.com/SplNtUe9ci

26/03/24

KS2 have really enjoyed thinking about the wonderful community we have in Buntingford. The children have used their Computing skills to create a summary of their work. pic.twitter.com/jHZdMm1Xxz

25/03/24

Really proud of our school choir performing, ‘This is Me,’ at our Easter assembly. pic.twitter.com/Nsl509EKau

20/03/24

We have been so lucky to have had a healthy foods workshop run by Aspens. We learnt about tasty, healthy snacks and all the good they do for our bodies. We made a fruit and vegetable smoothly, which was delicious, healthy and sweet! We are allowed sweet treats, just not too many! pic.twitter.com/6q5Fr0nJCd

18/03/24

We have been learning about the importance of our wonderful community in Buntingford in our PSHE lessons recently. Year 3 and 4 have decided to get creative to make some Easter cards and gifts for our friends Layston Grove Care Home pic.twitter.com/wGqnsSng2F

EYFS Curriculum

Early years’ education builds on a child’s previous knowledge and understanding. Every child is different and therefore will have different needs. Early years’ staff are trained to identify where your child is and know how to help your child progress to the next level.

We keep an electronic learning journal (Tapestry) with evidence of your child’s learning throughout the year. This is a very special journal which we ask you to contribute to, as it shows your child’s learning journey, and you are key in your child’s learning.

Every day your child will be able to participate in various learning activities. Some of these activities are led by an adult and some are led by a child’s individual choice. Your child will have the opportunity to work in small groups, large groups and they will also do some of their learning in keyworker groups.

The beauty of our Early Years is our flexible approach to our children’s learning.  We adapt our teaching and activities to suit the needs of our pupils, ensuring every child is given the best possible start to their education regardless of starting points.

What will my child learn?

The Early Years Foundation is made up of 7 areas of learning.  These 7 areas of learning are split into 2 areas; Prime areas of learning and Specific areas of learning.

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Physical Development Personal, Social and Emotional Development
C&L PD PD2 PSED
(Listening, Attention and Understanding/Speaking) (Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills) (Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships)

This will involve giving children the opportunity to use their spoken language to express themselves in a language rich environment, through conversations, role play, story telling and media.

This is a prime area of learning and supports the seven areas of learning.

This will involve teaching children the importance of living a healthy, happy, and active life.

To develop gross motor skills, children will be given the opportunity to develop their core strength, stability, balance, and spatial awareness using a variety of small and large apparatus using the indoor and outdoor environment.

To develop fine motor skills, children will use a wide range of small tools to develop control and proficiency in drawing, cutting, colouring and letter formation.

Children are provided with opportunities to develop Fine/Gross motor skills daily throughout the setting.

This will involve giving the children the opportunity to develop strong, warm, and supportive relationships with adults in the setting as well as learning how to make friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peacefully. The children will be supported in managing their own emotions and taught to develop a positive sense of themselves as well as learning about self-care, healthy eating and managing their own personal needs.

This is a prime area of learning and is integrated into all areas of teaching and learning across the setting.

 

Specific Areas

Literacy Mathematics Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design

LitLit2 MathsMaths2 UW ArtArt2
(Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing) (Number and Numerical Patterns) (Past and Present/People, Culture and Communities/ The Natural World) (Creating with Materials/ Being Imaginative and Expressive)

This will involve developing a ‘love for reading’ and encouraging children to begin to become independent writers. The children will listen to a wide range of text such as stories, poems, rhymes, and non-fiction text which will ignite their interest and develop their vocabulary, word reading skills and writing for a range of purposes.

Our topics will be planned around a variety of literacy texts which provide rich vocabulary, exciting experiences and a range of reading and writing opportunities. Literacy and Phonics sessions are taught daily.

Reading and writing is integrated in ‘child-initiated learning.’

This will involve developing a positive attitude and interest in mathematics where children are encouraged to talk about their work and have a go as well ensuring that children have a strong grounding and deep understanding of using numbers to 10.

The children will be given the opportunity to practise and improve their counting skills, learn to subitise, and understand the value of numbers, calculate simple addition and subtraction problems, talk about the pattern of numbers, and describe shape, space, and measures.

Maths will be taught daily and integrated in ‘child-initiated learning’. It will involve the use of practical apparatus to help understand mathematical concepts before learning to record in pictorial and or abstract ways.  

This will involve enriching and widening children’s vocabulary by guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children will be given the opportunity to talk about personal experiences. They will listen to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems which will enable them to foster an understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world as well as find about religions, places, nature, animals, people and our immediate and wider environment.

This will involve developing children’s artistic and cultural awareness and supports their imagination and creativity. The children will be given the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and media to express themselves and talk about what they feel, see, and hear as well as engage in role play with their peers.

Music and Dance sessions are taught on a weekly basis.

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