Early Years and Foundation Stage

Beginning school is a major event in the life of a four year old. At South Bersted CE Primary School, we strongly believe in encouraging our children to be independent learners through a range of practical activities. We follow a thematic curriculum which allows us to be creative with our lessons and lets the children follow and develop their own interests.  

Throughout the year, there is a clear structure to the day that is focused on the 7 key areas of the Early Learning Goals:

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and language,
  • Personal, social and emotional development,
  • Physical development,

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy,
  • Mathematics,
  • Understanding the world,
  • Expressive arts and design.

In capturing your child’s progress, we produce a Learning Journal, which will include observations, your child’s work and pictures of their achievements against the Early Learning Goals.

We recognise and value the importance of working collaboratively with parents and carers to ensure children make the best start to their education at South Bersted. Therefore, through the use of ‘WOW Moments’ we encourage you to record and share observations at home.

Autumn Term

During the first half of the Autumn Term, pupils will learn the routines and expectations.  Creative themes focus initially on ‘Who am I?’  Children begin by getting to know their new classmates and sharing stories about their families and the things they like to do.  This leads into thinking about ourselves and the things that make us unique.  We discuss our own talents and skills and the skills we would like to have.  Following this, children begin a short topic on Superheroes supported by the text ‘Supertato’ and take part in a Superhero Day full of exciting challenges. At the end of a busy first half term at school, the children are asked to think about real life Superheroes including the emergency services.  This is supported by a visit from a Fire Engine which will help us to answer our big question ‘Who are the people who help us?’.  A camp fire afternoon allows children to reflect on all they have done since starting school.  During this half term parents and pupils share a ‘Bedtime Breakfast’ to enable parents to meet other parents and allow pupils to demonstrate what they have been doing in class.

Bedtime Breakfast Presentation – Oct 2019

The second half term is just as busy! The new topic is ‘Once Upon A Time!’  We answer our big question ‘What are our favourite fairytales?’ by becoming familiar with traditional fairytales such as The Gingerbread Man and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Children learn how to recall and retell stories, with lots of focus on imaginative play and acting out through the use of drama to extend their vocabulary.  Alongside this, pupils are busy learning lines and songs for their first school Nativity.

This term also sees an Outdoor Learning Day based on the theme of Autumn.  Pupils begin to attend assembly with the rest of the school.