Siddika Begum L4 & Tess Fitz wtw L2
Siddika has worked at St Osmunds Preschool for 10 years. She started with us as an apprentice and has worked her way up. Siddika has qualifications in Early Years and has enhanced her Early Years qualifications by attaining a Level 4 in SEND. Siddika is the Deputy Manager of the preschool and this role includes the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer too.
Siddika ensures the children in her care is supported in SEND with an emphasis placed on early intervention strategies – addressing issues early on in a child’s life when additional support can have its maximum impact. Evidence shows that the right kind of intervention in the first three years of a child’s life is particularly important as this is the period when development is most rapid.We will work with all the children ensuring that all have the necessary support to progress and develop that no child falls through the gap. Siddika will work 1-1 with a child and support the keyperson in specific targeted areas. These areas of learning to ensure your child is developing will be shared with parents to ensure work can be supported at home too.
Tess Fitz has joined us as an Apprentice EYP. Tess had recently worked as bank staff for several years and caretaker. Tess is working towards a level 2 qualification in childcare, she is qaulified in First Aid, Food hygiene and Level 2 Safeguarding.
CURRICULUM MEDIUM TERM PLAN SPRING 1
The children who are starting school this year will be learning phonics. We use Jolly Phonics as parents you can help your child at home too.
What is phonics? Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skillfully.
They are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes; identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.
Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult, for example those who have dyslexia.
- Baking every term – day to be arranged
- Yoga weekly
- Learning Walks
- Story time daily – story making using sacks you can take home and share with your child.
- Homework- next steps of development that you can work with you child at home too.
- Please talk to me any time should you have any concerns, activity ideas, want to help out on trips, have any expertise in an area.
- Please note this is an overview of learning and every 2 weeks I will as your child's key person share with you a detailed outline of activities which will include the learning objectives.
- Your child will start to use the language ’Learning choice’ and ‘work’ rather than ‘play’. This is to differentiate between playtimes and learning time. The preschool activities will still be play based but moving towards a more structured learning environment. Please use this language at home when discussing preschool
- Teaching the children about British Values through the seven developmental areas.
- Daily gross motor exercises includes gymnastic, dance and core strengthening skills
Your Children’s Learning Journeys:
Parents are welcome to add to your child's learning journey book which can be found in their draw. It is important that we share information regarding any ‘WOW’ moments. If your child does something in their development such as riding their bike or saying a new word we would like you to share this by putting a ‘WOW’ sheet in their learning journey or on the WOW Tree!
In your child’s learning journey book your child’s key person will identify next steps. These are for us to aim for in Preschool with your support in the home environment. They are statements from the ‘development matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which enable us to recognise stages of your child’s learning and then plan for their future development.
We often get comments from parents saying ‘my child can already do this at home’ and whilst that information is invaluable to us, unless we have observed it in Preschool we cannot assume that they have reached a certain stage of development and so we plan to provide opportunities for progress in this area. Please make an appointment to speak to me or your child’s key person if you feel unsure about anything. If enough parents show an interest I am happy to hold a discussion evening around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and learning & development. Let me know if you would find this useful.Record Keeping
A learning and development record is produced from observations and photographs of the individual child-which are used for planning and assessing. Termly reports are provided for parents which indicate the child’s next steps for learning. This ensures both parents and nursery are working towards the same goals. Parents evenings are scheduled twice a year giving the parents the opportunity to look at their child’s file and talk to the key person.