Welcome to Little Dippers!

Little Dippers is our Foundation Stage Unit which includes the Nursery and Reception children. The children learn and play alongside each other, creating a smooth transition from Nursery into the beginning of their school years.

          

 Mrs Siddons is the Foundation Stage Leader and is a qualified teacher with a specialism in Early Years education. Teresa Robinson is the Nursery Leader and Paula Cox is the Nursery Assistant. The staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Early Years and work collaboratively to ensure that the most important foundations are laid to enable the children to move smoothly into their next stage of learning.

The Little Dippers are encouraged to learn through play and exploration, through being active, creative and thinking critically. The staff aim for the children to be inspired by their experiences; motivated by stimulating environments and equipment; fully engaged in their learning and, ultimately, to be empowered to continue to explore and learn themselves, independently. This is managed through carefully planned lessons and activities and opportunities for adult-led and adult- directed sessions as well as amble opportunity for child-initiated learning

      

The Little Dippers have daily access to water and sand play, painting and other ‘messy’ activities. There is also access to a range of construction and investigative activities. Exploring and discovering supports their learning and development and they really enjoy it.

         

The children are provided with a variety of inspiring and stimulating learning spaces both inside and outside which develop all the fundamental aspects that are need to develop throughout the first school years. The children also partake in Forest School with our qualified Forest School Leaders in our amazing outdoor areas.

In Reception, the children are discreetly taught Phonics (using Letters and Sounds), reading, handwriting and mathematical skills. They are also encouraged to use enquiry and develop speaking, listening and social skills.

Little Dippers is a vibrant, nurturing and inspiring place to be and Diptford Primary School is very proud of the start we give to our youngest members of the school.

 

               

 

 LEARNING IN LITTLE DIPPERS

For weekly updates about the fabulous things happening in Little Dippers, please see our weekly Newsletter and our regular updates on our Facebook page.

Learning in Little Dippers

 

THIS TERM’S TOPIC IS…

‘Ourselves’

See below for this term’s Learning Journey.

Click here for –Autumn 1 Learning Journey 2018

Click here for Weekly Timetable AUTUMN TERM 2018

 

ABOUT THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Please see the links below for more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

EYFS Profile Links to DfE essential documentation

Early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-assessment-and-reporting-arrangements-ara

EYFS Profile handbook

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-handbook

Exemplification materials

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eyfs-profile-exemplication-materials

Early Years Outcomes

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-outcomes

What to Expect, When?

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf

 

SUPPORTING LEARNING AT HOME

PHONICS

Please see the documents below for information about how phonics is delivered in school and how you can support this at home.

SUMMER TERM PHONICS PLANNING OVERVIEW

SPRING TERM – PHONICS PLANNING OVERVIEW

AUTUMN TERM – PHONICS PLANNING OVERVIEW

Phonics Workshop

Jolly Phonics Action Cards

Phonics for Parents

READING AND WRITING

Supporting Reading and Writing at Home

Why Wordless Books

 

MATHS

Helping_Your_Child_With_Maths_at_Home

Maths Through Play

Maths at Home

In Little Dippers, we use a range of manipulatives to support our learning in maths. Our favourite resource to use is Numicon.

Numicon is a range of multi-sensory maths resources using imagery, models and signs to raise mathematical achievement. These resources help children to develop fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall. Furthermore, it helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.It will also help children to develop into confident problem-solvers since it provides them with visual a stimulus to support their reasoning communication. Finally, Numicon can help us make confident and competent Mathematicians, as well as making learning fun and interactive.

For more information about Numicon, please click on the link below which will take you to their website.

https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/numicon/?region=uk

TAPESTRY

All children in Little Dippers have a personal online Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. This enables us to build up a record of each child’s learning and achievements during their time with us.

We use the Tapestry system, which is hosted on secure, dedicated servers based in the UK.

Please see the documents for more information about Tapestry and guidance on how to access it at home.

Tapestry Android Device Guide for Parents

Introduction Guide for Parents

Tapestry Policy 2017

Archive of Children’s Learning in Little Dippers.

‘According to Arthur’

Click here for – Summer Learning Journey

Click here for Summer Weekly Timetable 2018

       

On the Farm

See below for this term’s Learning Journey.

Click here – Spring Learning Journey
Weekly timetable Spring 2018

 

Click here – Autumn 1 Learning Journey
Weekly Timetable Autumn 2017