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27/02/24

KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few! pic.twitter.com/BfJuL8cxXI

26/02/24

🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zzmCp4pJQ1

23/02/24

BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery! pic.twitter.com/AuX3jNGA1M

15/02/24

The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children. pic.twitter.com/phZn5IftLY

08/02/24

In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/9kkdc850Pk

30/01/24

We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR. pic.twitter.com/bvLlXSwYKy

30/01/24

Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear! pic.twitter.com/9sr2aa9LRz

24/01/24

This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging! pic.twitter.com/MTK6sB0BK7

24/01/24

We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood! pic.twitter.com/Sp1gWFLNqn

23/01/24

We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles. pic.twitter.com/R1hrCX0ovB

19/01/24

This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people. pic.twitter.com/w6VQLXdXEU

19/01/24

Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year. pic.twitter.com/4EQPvs7LCd

15/01/24

KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges. pic.twitter.com/0kn52IuKuO

10/01/24

KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways. pic.twitter.com/aobpa51ZjZ

27/12/23

* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/SccrfX4cF2

20/12/23

And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x

20/12/23

BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅 pic.twitter.com/6HBYrNnbLi

19/12/23

Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime pic.twitter.com/LAJeWcj5jg

19/12/23

Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all! pic.twitter.com/TKDkaVuCGC

18/12/23

What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄 pic.twitter.com/GbbiaGZmWf

15/12/23

We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit! pic.twitter.com/spg21ZIiS0

14/12/23

Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads! pic.twitter.com/rdx2x19Jwg

13/12/23

* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/vt3GDsEnBE

12/12/23

The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible. pic.twitter.com/khq0X959qM

12/12/23

It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄 pic.twitter.com/MLUBlCxFm0

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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