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About Fledglings Class
We are a team of children who love to be active, explore, and be curious about ourselves, the world and each other. We enjoy sewing, cooking, woodwork, stories, music, art, drama, climbing, and especially talking and laughing together. Through all these opportunities we are learning to become resilient individuals who are able to problem solve and persevere with tasks even when they find them a challenge. At St Mary’s, we know we are supporting children to be a life-long, independent and effective learners.
We work hard to foster positive relationships with children, and between children and value just how important these partnerships are.Right from the start, we endeavour to ensure that caring, nurturing and warm relationships are developed between the whole Fledglings community, which includes the staff, children and parents. We talk regularly about being a ‘Fantastic Fledgling’ behaviours, which tie into the school values, and support these young children to see how they can live out the school values in their day to day class participation. These behaviours include, keeping going when they find an activity difficult, supporting another child with shoes or coats without being asked by an adult, solving their own disputes, or helping other children to solve a dispute without adult intervention. We talk as a class about what it means to be a ‘Fantastic Fledgling’. We promote calm, positive interactions with all children in order to enable them to quickly grow in confidence and independence.
We work really closely with our friends in Kingfishers Class (Year 1) and believe that a child learns best through child-initiated play where they can build important life skills such as curiosity, concentration, creativity, problem solving, use of their imagination and persistence through purposeful play experiences. Although we follow the child’s lead, we recognise each child’s different starting points and use broad themes based around children’s interests to promote key aspects of a child’s development that we would be encouraging through this play.
We also wanted to look at Bits and Bobs and Nuts and Bolts, where are going to investigate circuits and investigate robots and Circles, Spots and Polka dots.
This year we are looking at Story Telling, and are excited to be part of the Oxfordshire pilot of Tales Toolkit.
I am delighted to be teaching in Fledglings class this year and working closely with all the children and adults in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I feel very happy to be working in a school and with a team of staff that highly values creativity and supporting children to explore a range of opportunities. I completed my degree in Education and my PGCE, specialising in Art at Bath Spa University. I love being creative and ensuring that all children are able to access learning. I am excited to develop my skills this year as part of the Early Years team and exploring new ways to support children in all areas of learning. I am so excited about our project ‘Mix it Up’, as I love art and using my imagination. I am also particularly excited about our ‘Blood and guts’ project because I love experiments and exploring all things science.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. One of my favourite places that I have visited is Rome. I love cooking and being creative in the kitchen. Recently, I experimented with courgette and blueberry cupcakes and they are definitely my new favourite bake! I also enjoy football and last year achieved my FA Level 1 in football coaching.
One of my favourite books is ‘Tree: Seasons Come and Seasons Go’ by Patricia Hegarty because I love the beautiful illustrations and love all things related to weather and seasons.
Miss Prud'homme I am delighted to work be part of the wonderful team at St Mary’s School as the Early Years Teacher, having previously taught in a school just outside Oxford. I completed my degree in Early Childhood Studies and my PGCE, specialising in Early Years, at the University of Warwick. I am the KS1 and EYFS lead, as well as an assistant headteacher.
I am passionate about creative teaching and never fail to be amazed at what children can achieve. I am excited to be part of the learning journey of such wonderfully enthusiastic children. I am enjoying working with a small team of Early Years professionals creating a stimulating environment where every child is motivated to learn and happy at school .
In my spare time I enjoy woodwork and upcycling pretty much anything I can get hold of, and using all sorts of tools to see what I can make.
Our Approach to Early Years The Early Years Framework (2014) states that “Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development.”
We achieve this through Planning in the moment which fully allows this to happen and encourages the children to pursue their own interests. Planning in the moment means that the learning environment, both the indoor environment and outdoor environment, constantly needs to be reviewed and adapted to ensure there remains challenge,variety and high quality resources. In this way, children’s levels of involvement remain deep. Involvement refers to be being intensely engaged in activities and is believed to be a necessary condition for deep level learning and development.
Additional information about the Early Years is available on the Foundation Years website.
Snack We provide a daily snack for the children. Children receive free fruit and vegetables through the Government's Free Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS) which aims to help children achieve their 5 A Day. The children in Fledglings like to try by adventurous foods and we often have other healthy options, not provided by the scheme, available for children to try, such as peppers, melon, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries and pomegranates. In addition to this we also provide fresh drinking water and milk.
Snack is a social time and an adult sits with children during this time, modelling and promoting language. Children are encouraged to be independent at snack time, pouring their own drink, tidying their own fruit waste and developing table manners.
Cooking Children take part in a small group cooking activity each week, this is done on a cycle. Goodies are taken home to be shared with family and friends and will also be shared at the regular reading cafe. So far this year we have made scones, fruit kebabs, chocolate brownies and jam tarts.
Reading books All children will be given a coloured reading book to share with you at home. Once the children are ready to start more formal phonics lessons, they will then be sent home with a phase book that meets the individual needs of your child as well as their coloured book. Please read with them regularly at home and discuss the book's characters and themes. Ask them questions about what has been read, give summaries of the book and see if they can make predictions about what could happen next as you read.
Reading cafe We have previously run a reading cafe to invite parents to read with their children. We are looking at creative adn safe ways to reinstate this.