Early Years

Contact us - reception@castlehillprimary.org.uk

Our three Reception classes are Red Castle (Framlingham House), Green Castle (Eye House) and Blue Castle (Orford House). The children are assigned to a class when they begin their Castle Hill journey in Reception. They remain in their class/house all the way through their time at Castle Hill Primary School. Each class has a dedicated teacher and teaching assistant.

In addition to our three Reception classrooms inside we are very lucky to have a large area outside just for the Reception children to use. We love taking our learning outside and are very lucky to have lots of resources outside to mirror the learning children can do inside. The construction area with large wooden blocks and tyres is one of the most popular areas where children can design and build their own imaginative model, such as houses, boats, pirate ships or castles. We love seeing how well children work as a team to execute their designs! The mud kitchen is another very popular outdoor space where children can bake anything from Gingerbread Men to Gruffalo crumble!

We link our learning to a main theme/topic in order to provide connected experiences and make learning purposeful.

During the autumn term the children were very engaged in exploring themselves and their local area through the stories The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.

In the Spring term we will focus our learning around the invention of transport. We will explore the scientific concepts of floating and sinking and compare and contrast different types of transport. We will link our learning to the story Mr Gumpy’s Outing.

Termly Curriculum maps

Scroll through the slides below to see each term's learning.

2021-2022

EYFS Curriculum maps 21-22

2020-2021

EYFS Curriculum map Autumn term 2020

How to support your child at home

Gross motor skills

Before your child is able to do lots of small focussed activities like writing, cutting, drawing etc. they need to have the strongest gross motor skills they possibly can. When you have a really strong body it is easier to control finer movements with your fingers. Support your child to develop strong gross motor skills by doing lots of hopping, jumping, climbing, throwing and catching, stretching, dancing, riding bikes etc.

Fine motor skills

Another very important thing to work on with your child is their fine motor skills. This means how strong their hand muscles are. It is really important children develop strong hand muscles before they begin to formally write letters. Any kind of pinching, nipping, pushing, threading, rolling, patting and pulling will really help them develop these strong fine motor skills. These activities will support them in forming a good pencil grip with ease, rather than it feeling uncomfortable.

Speech and Language

At school we do lots of our teaching through talking. Speech and language skills are absolutely fundamental to our wellbeing and success in life. We use these skills constantly to communicate our wants and needs to others, to collaborate and negotiate, and to build strong bonds with other people. Language skills are also important for our learning. In school and at home, we learn new skills and acquire new knowledge by listening to others talking and reading written language.

Here is the link to a website called Speech and Language Link with some fun activity ideas to develop your child’s Speech and Language skills at home: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents/activities

Phonics

Here is a link to a website so the children can practise segmenting and blending words to help them become confident readers: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/