Southmead Primary School

Southmead Primary School

Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Plumb

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EYFS Starfish and Hermit Crabs

Meet the EYFS Team

Autumn 1 2023

Our topic is:

All About Me


Summary of Learning


This week we have continued to administer the Reception Baseline Assessment and focus on the Prime Areas of Learning: communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.


The children have enjoyed sharing their ‘autumn treasures’ and have been showing us their knowledge of numbers to 5. They have also been enjoying our daily dough disco sessions after lunch, where we are developing pre-handwriting skills.


At snack time, we often have fruits or vegetables which some children are not keen on, although we do encourage them to try. Please send in a fruit or vegetable snack every day so that your child always has something they enjoy.



Home Learning


Show and Tell - Next week we are going to start a mini-project based on the story: ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Your child can bring in a teddy bear to take with them on their explorations.


Reading - We will send home a ‘library book’ from the classroom for you to share together at home. We begin the formal teaching of phonics with our Essential Letters and Sounds scheme next week. We will begin to send a ‘phonics book’ after half term.


Donations - We are always on the lookout for donations so please send in any of the following items that we can use to enhance our continuous provision and enrich your child’s experience of learning through play.


Loose parts (small) – bottle tops, shells, pebbles, pinecones, ribbons, cotton wool, sticks etc…


Loose parts (big) – scaffolding planks, house bricks, crates, logs, plastic pipes, guttering and clean blankets and fabrics.


Recycling – clean cardboard / packaging for junk modelling and magazines and newspapers.


Others - Toy bears, picnic blankets, ribbons, hose pipe, washing line, sheets, blankets, tarps, stones, driftwood and rope.

Welcome Meeting 20.9.23

Phase 2 Pronunciation

Watch how we pronounce Phase 2 phonemes here.

Phase 3 Pronunciation

Watch how we pronounce Phase 3 phonemes here.

Phase 5 Pronunciation

Watch how we pronounce Phase 5 phonemes here.

Essential Letters and Sounds - Harder to Read and Spell Words

The Early Learning Goals

50 Recommended Reads for Reception

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