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Heatherside Infant School

Heatherside Infant School

Year R

All children deserve the care and support they need to have the best start in life.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Dept. for Education, 2023)

We aim to provide a caring nurturing environment that allows children to explore and learn.  In welcoming your child to our Heatherside Family the transition period into school is very important so that they make a happy and confident start. Through the transition process and continuing throughout school, we develop effective and trusting relationships to help children feel safe and secure. Teaching children the daily routines in school helps them to settle and to increase their confidence and independence. 


Our Early Years provision is delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities and we work closely as a team to provide opportunities for children to learn through carefully planned, purposeful play in both the indoor and outdoor environment. There are some short, whole class inputs, such as daily phonics, maths, stories and finding out about people, places and events. Children also have time to choose and lead their own learning, whilst our adults are carefully questioning, prompting and assessing learning. 


Effective learning builds on and extends what children know and can already do therefore, our planning is informed by observations we have made of the children in order to understand and consider their current interests, experiences, development and learning needs. Our learning environments are carefully planned to engage children and provide learning experiences that apply and extend their learning. 

The observations that are made of your child form the basis of the judgements made at the end of Early Years indicating achievement of the Early Learning goal. 

Phonics and reading - supporting at home: 

In Year R children will begin to learn phonics sounds to enable them to be able to decode and read simple books. Each week children will come home with a sound book 

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