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Picture 1 Mrs Clegg - Kingfisher Class Teacher/ EYFS Lead
Picture 2 Mrs Gates - Kingfisher Class Teacher
Picture 3 Miss Wodehouse - Woodpecker Class Teacher

New starters 2019


Starting school information for parents


Home visits

Home visits will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September 2019


Settling Week

For the week beginning Monday 9th September, EYFS children will attend school as follows:


Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th

Settling Group 1: 8:45 - 11:45

Settling Group 2: 13:00 - 15:30


Thursday 12th September 

All children: 8:45 - 11:45


Friday 13th September 

All Children: 8:45 - 13:00 including lunch


New Starters 2020 Tours


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, we would like to welcome you to join us for an open morning / afternoon during which you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school, meet with the EYFS lead, tour the school and visit the EYFS classrooms. 

If you would like to attend one of these tours please complete the form here or contact the school to book your place.

Tours will be held on the following dates:

30th September    9.45am
15th October        1.15pm


We look forward to seeing you then!


Welcome to The Early Years


Autumn Term


Wishing a very warm welcome to all of our new Kingfishers and Woodpeckers as we begin an exciting new term!



The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) gate will open at 8:45am daily. A member of staff will be positioned on the gate each morning but we ask that all children are still taken to their classrooms to be registered; the class teachers will let the class know when the outside area is open for play once the gates are secured.

Feel free to help your child to put their things away independently and spend a few minutes settling them in if you wish. However, you are also welcome to say goodbye at the door if your child is confident to come in independently.

A self-register for selecting lunch choices will be located outside of each classroom; please complete this with your child on your way in.


Part-time sessions


Week 1 (Week beginning 3rd September)

Home Visits


Week 2 (Week beginning 10th September)

September-February birthdays:

Monday – Wednesday 8:45 -11:45


March-August birthdays:

Monday – Wednesday 13:00 -15:30


Thursday – all in 8:45 -11:45

Friday – all in 8:45 – 13:00


If you feel that your child would benefit from a longer period of part-time sessions this can be arranged with your child’s class teacher.



The EYFS at Nightingale follow the EYFS Foundation Stage Curriculum (See websites list).

During your child’s first half-term at Nightingale we will focus primarily on the Prime areas of learning which are personal, social and emotional development, Physical development and communication and language to enable the children to be confident, settled and ready to learn.



At Nightingale Primary School the children learn about letters and the sounds they make through the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. when they are ready the children participate in daily group phonics sessions where they learn sounds and the letters that are used to represent them, apply this knowledge to reading and writing.

In the Autumn term our main phonics focus will be on the skills that underpin the ability to read and write, concentrating mainly on:


Rhyming- Identifying rhyming words in songs, stories and games.

Alliteration - Identifying the initial sound in a word and grouping words by initial sound.

Blending - The process of blending individual sounds together to hear a whole word.

Segmenting - Breaking down a word into its individual sounds.


For more information on Phase One phonic skills please see


In addition to phonic skills the children learn ‘red words’ which are words that cannot be sounded out and instead need to be read by sight. You can support this learning at home by regularly practicing your child’s word lists (found in your child’s reading diary) at home.



Regular reading is proven to have a huge impact on academic achievement, we urge all parents to make time at home to read with and to your children as often as possible. Reading diaries can be used to make notes of the reading that has happened at home and enable the class teachers and parents to communicate about the child’s targets and achievements.

While your child is not yet able to read the words, make time to hear your children talk about the books you have read to them and to make up their own stories using the pictures. Also look for any of their red words in the text.


We always welcome reading helper volunteers – it makes such a difference to the children! If you are interested in becoming a reading helper please speak to your child’s class teacher.




What are we learning?


PSED, Communication and Language, Reading and Writing

In the Autumn term we will be focusing on developing and refining the children’s ability to communicate clearly and cooperatively with adults and peers. We will focus on active listening skills, encouraging the children to think carefully about what they have heard and to respond appropriately. We will work on questioning skills and the ability to stick to theme of conversation even if it was instigated by someone else.

The children will be exposed to a wide variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and explore the meaning of new words.

The children will take part in weekly individual or paired reading sessions, where they will be taught reading skills such as decoding the text (once letters are introduced), making predictions about the story; exploring the characters, story structure and plot. The children will be encouraged to mark make and will be developing the necessary phonic and physical skills needed to become a writer.



In maths we will be learning to count with, recognise and order numbers to 10 then 20. We will work to develop a deeper understanding of each number; how it can be made, where it sits in the number system and how it compares to other numbers.

We will also be exploring length, height weight and 2d shape within our provision.


At home opportunities can be made to play dice games, count for real life purposes, spot numbers in the environment and solve simple real life problems such as needed to extra spoons if Granny and Grandpa pop round to join you for pudding.


Physical Development

In addition to the children's weekly PE sessions focussing on dance and gymnastics, the children will have access to a range of activities to support both gross and fine motor development, and daily access to our outdoor classroom. We will be providing lots of opportunities for the development of children’s upper body, core and fine motor development to support writing.


Understanding the World & Expressive Arts and Design

The children have daily access to a variety of art materials and painting supplies where they can explore texture , form and techniques to achieve different effects.

Music and singing will form an important part of our weekly activities and will also be accessible to the children during their child-initiated learning, alongside opportunities for imaginary and role play.


The children will explore change and features of the natural environment through outdoor experiences. The children will be supported in identifying similarities and differences between features of their own immediate environment and other environments. We will learn about the similarities and differences that make us unique through opportunities to share and explore the lives and cultures of the children in our classes.

Once the children are settled in we will introduce them to weekly woodland learning sessions in our fantastic woodland area. We therefore ask that all children have a pair of named willies to stay at school.


Various ICT resources will be used to support the children’s learning.





We are very fortunate at Nightingale to have access to the fantastic resource that is Tapestry. Tapestry is an online resource for the Early Years which allows us to compile individual online learning journals for the children; it forms an integral part of our observation, assessment and analysis which ensures children are appropriately challenged and supported to progress in their learning. In addition to this Tapestry allows parents the opportunity to view their child's learning journals from their own computer or smart phone; keeping you up-to-date with your child's weekly learning. Parents are also able to upload their own observations of learning and achievements that happen outside of school which can then form a part of our assessments. If you need any help to interact with Tapestry, please talk to your child's class teacher who will be happy to help you.



Get Involved!


Parent helpers are a valued resource in school and we are always very keen to utilise reading helpers to support the children. In addition to this we would love for our parents to get involved with other aspects of the children's learning in school. This year we will be introducing our 'Get Involved' boards which are located on the Early Years classroom windows. We will use these to 'advertise' weekly for one off helper vacancies, giving parents who are unable to commit to a regular session the opportunity to come in and be a part of our school day. Vacancies will vary and may include coming in to help with a cooking activity, some gardening, a maths activity or ball games outdoors. We would also love to hear if you have a particular skill or interest which you feel may benefit the children.



General Information


PE days - Both classes have PE on Wednesdays. It can be helpful to ensure your child is wearing clothes that they can take off and put on by themselves on PE days.

Library days -Both classes visit the school library in small groups throughout the week. Please ensure that your child's library book is in their book bag, at school to enable them to change it weekly.

Drink bottles - Classroom drink bottles should only contain water.

Wellies - We like to take our learning outside whatever the weather, including weekly woodland learning sessions. If possible please supply named wellies to remain in school.


Useful links


Number bocks resources

Phonics Play



‘What to Expect When’ A parent’s guide to the EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile