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Reception (Early Years)

Week beginning 7th November 2022

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about Wassily Kandinsky, an abstract artist who created pictures using lines, shapes and colours. We have enjoyed making our own shape pictures in maths and a big collaborative shape picture in free learning. The children have also been learning all about Remembrance Day. The children were very grown up when learning about this important day, and they each had the opportunity to make their very own poppy. We had our moment of silence on the 11th hour to remember all the brave soldiers who have helped to keep us safe.

You can find this week's phonics learning and videos using this link: Phonics at the Vineyard



Key Messages

Practise Handwriting Sheets These are to be completed at home and do not need to be returned to school.

Nativity Play The children will be performing their Christmas play to parents and carers on the following dates: 

- Topaz Class on Tuesday 6th December 

- Jade Class on Wednesday 7th December 

- Opal Class on Thursday 8th December 

Look out for information on your child's role in the play, any speaking lines they may need to learn and what costume you will need to provide. More details on the performances to follow nearer the time. 

Junk Modelling We need your junk! Please can you send in any empty, clean containers and boxes for the children to make and model with in the Creation Station? We accept kitchen rolls, tissue boxes, cereal boxes, egg boxes, milk cartons etc. We cannot accept anything that has contained nuts.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at The Vineyard School, our aims are

  • to support children in making a confident transition into school.
  • to provide a happy, caring and safe learning environment.
  • to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of every child through a balanced provision of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities.
  • to support children to become confident and competent learners so that they are able to reach their potential.
  • to provide a broad and balanced high-quality curriculum in line with EYFS guidance.
  • to foster positive home school links with parents and carers. 

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We use the Development Matters 2021 document as guidance to ensure that we deliver high standards of early education and care that supports the development of every child. These principles underpin all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning, and promotes learning through play.


Recommended documents

Guidance on what to expect at each stage of their child’s learning and development can be found here

Guidance on supporting your child with starting school can be found here.

Reading varied and quality texts will be key to your child's success. Discover the 100 Best Picture Books to Read Before You're 5-Years-Old.

To learn more about day-to-day life in Reception at The Vineyard, click on this link: New to The Vineyard