EYFS Blog September 2021
As we begin another school year at Bibury Primary School, we shall look back on a very successful summer term and look forward to this year in this latest edition of our blog.
First, a huge success ! All of our children achieved the Early Learning Goals needed for a smooth transition into Year 1 this term which is an amazing testament to the hard work of staff and children in making up for the inevitable learning losses due to Covid lockdown.
In order to achieve this for our children, we made careful assessments of learning gaps for each of our children and then carefully tailored our curriculum to meet these needs. We used creative learning opportunities in order to fill any gaps and made the most of opportunities to bring outside visitors into school.
Outside visitors included a visit from Jonathan’s Jungle to learn more about invertebrates for our science topic. The children enjoyed seeing pythons, geckos and tarantula spiders. The children found out about their habitat, food as well as why geckos lick their own eyeballs – what better way to investigate the natural world than right up close ! In addition to this, we also arranged for Wye Valley Falconry to give us a flying demonstration up at the cricket pitch with harris hawks, a saker falcon and an owl. The children were able to ask all sorts of scientific questions as well as have opportunities to demonstrate their confidence in speaking to different adults.
Using the company Kitchen Club, EYFS were able to practise their fine motor skills and develop their understanding of healthy food by preparing and cooking vegetarian burgers. They were delicious ! We will be cooking again in the autumn term with Kitchen Club.
Gross motor skills were also developed this term with the purchase of a fabulous loose parts obstacle course for the outside learning area. This has proved very popular and has provided lots of opportunities for the children to work together as a team. Our annual Sports Day was another success this year and the children in EYFS took part with great enthusiasm and gusto. Our thanks to Bibury Cricket Club for again providing us with the use of the pitch for sports day and PE lessons affording us with the most picturesque setting in Gloucestershire !
In order to commemorate a difficult time for everyone in the school community, and to provide the children with another art opportunity, we commissioned a fused glass artist to come in to school to help create a whole school art work linked to our shared experience of Covid. Each child was supported to make their own glass tile, together forming a rainbow with the message ‘Hope’ at its centre. This is hanging in one of our central windows for everyone to admire and reflect upon.
Reflection and Service was also a theme for a very important visitor to school in the summer term. . Bishop Rachel from Gloucester Catherdral came to watch one of our outside worships and the children in EYFS worked hard to create art work which reflected how they serve their school community. We were very impressed by the confidence shown by our youngest children in speaking to the Bishop as part of this service. This demonstrates the confidence young children can gain from being included in whole school activities within a small setting.
Later in the term, we invited North Cerney infant class to Bibury to take part in a map making activity around Bibury. We went on a walk around the village noting the different human and physical features of our beautiful village. Later the children made their own map of the village using props to represent the different elements. Real and relatable experiences are so valuable to EYFS children and using this approach allowed our children to demonstrate a wide variety of geographical skills.
As we reflect upon the huge successes of last year, we look forward in anticipation to another fabulous year at Bibury. With the provision of a large grant from the Mangotsfield English Hub we were able to supplement our existing phonics books with over £1000 of new decodable phonics books for our KS1 library. The children have already tried them out and have given them the thumbs up ! Alongside our book collection we have also been able to access some more phonics training as well as information regarding the new changes to the Systematic Phonics Programme this year. We are confident that with a history of very strong phonics attainment at Bibury, that this can only help us support children further.
Over the summer holidays, the main playground has undergone a transformation with the creation of a large covered area, football goal, climbing wall and improved surfaces. We have great plans for developing the quality of play this year for all our children, so watch this space !
This year, if covid guidelines allow, we are hoping to return to St Marys Church for our Daily Worship and again attend important church services such as Harvest Festival. These opportunities enrich our children’s lives, experiences and appreciation of their local community. We are also expecting to be able to offer trips off site again this year, another valuable experience. Starting in Term 1 we will be providing hour long swimming lessons to every child in the school as part of our PE provision. This continues in Bibury, right the way through the school, ensuring all children have access to good quality swimming provision as well as a wide variety of other sporting opportunities.
We are looking forward to an exciting term and we will update you on what we have achieved with a new blog update at Christmas. If you would like to find out more about our school please phone or email us and we can discuss what we offer your child.
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Grounded in faith, nurturing every pupil to achieve success in learning and a belief in their future.