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.
This year we are looking at Story |Telling, and are excited to be part of the Oxfordshire pilot of Tales Toolkit.
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.
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.” Planning in the moment 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 and variety. 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.
Our Teacher in Miss Prud’homme I am delighted to be joining to be joining 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 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.
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.
Please feel free to choose a book from the Going Home Library (just outside Fledgling Class) and return it when you have finished sharing it with your child. We will try to ensure books are rotated regularly to ensure you have plenty to keep your reading journey exciting!
Reading cafe We are in the process of setting up a reading café. Our first reading cafe will be on Thursday 28th of November at 2.45pm.
The cafe will then run every Thursday at 2:45pm for you to come and share a book with your child. You will also be provided with a delicious snack made by the children. Please come to the school office where you will be collected when we are ready for the session.