Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School,
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Highfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4LJ
Early Years at Sacred Heart
Please find a wealth of information below, including key documents and useful resources for you and your child.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The Early Years Team
The class teacher is Mrs Welsh who is supported by Mrs Knowles and Mrs Birkinshaw.
Our Reception class offers a carefully integrated program, where we follow the Early Years Foundation Principles, which guide the work of our staff. These are grouped into four themes and are at the core of our commitment to providing quality care and education at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development.
The learning and development of each individual child, throughout the Nursery and Reception years, nurtures the development of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children will need if they are to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning.
The three prime areas are:
The four specific areas are:
During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to fulfil their potential.
Our Reception class is modern, light and colourful, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment. We offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities. The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. Children follow a programme designed to help them achieve the Early Years Foundation Principles. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas.
What makes outdoors a good place to learn?
Outdoors allows children space to explore, use their senses, develop larger physical skills, take risks and use the weather as a resource.
Playing outdoors gives children a sense of freedom. Often children are more co-operative and tolerant of others.
Being outdoors has a major impact on children’s emotions, behaviour and their ability to learn.
Some ideas you might like to try together;
Remember – it’s all about talking with and listening to your child!!
Why Nursery Rhymes?
“Research shows that children who have memorised nursery rhymes become better readers because they develop early sensitivity to the sounds of language.” (Mary Clay)
Nursery Rhymes help children;
Teach your child nursery rhymes because;
Remember – It’s all about sharing, talking and listening to your child. Have fun!
Useful Early Years Games & Resources
www.free-phonics-worksheets.com: Worksheets for a variety of sounding and blending
www.firstschoolyears.com: A good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games.
www.primaryresources.co.uk: Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and PowerPoint files. Covers phonics and alphabet work.
www.zidzone.ws/phonics: (American site) Simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds.
www.bbc.co.u/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics: A mix of good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/literacy: A very good selection of interactive games focusing on phonics and sentence construction.
www.northwood.org.uk/phonics: Each is split into medium / hard / very hard and are short and fun.
www.ictgames.com/literacy.html: A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk: A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases.
www.northwood.org.uk/phonics: Interactive games for a range of sounds.
Early Years Vision Statement
Sacred Heart has strong and positive relationships with the wider community, including our partner schools within the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust (BKCAT). Links between home, school and our parish community, are also significant and central to our mission to serve the Church and create the family feeling of ‘belonging’.
At Sacred Heart we pride ourselves on teaching our children the skills and knowledge needed to be an independent, confident, enthusiastic, safe and happy learner.
We believe that every child is unique, and should have the opportunity to develop and learn, in a safe and nurturing environment.
We see play as being the application and consolidation of taught skills that challenge children to reach their individual goals.
We place a high value on the characteristics of effective learning and the importance of the outdoor environment to develop children’s creativity and critical thinking.
We understand the importance of practical learning experiences and strive to equip our children with a love of learning and a natural curiosity.
We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life. Sacred Heart Early Years allows all children to meet their individual goals, thus becoming school ready.
We use different ways of rewarding the children which are listed below:
Clubs in Reception:
Partnership with Parents: