Meerkats Class

We are the Foundation Class of the Early Years Department at Bedelsford School and we have fun learning through play with our friends, supported and nurtured by an amazing staff team.

In Meerkats Class we learn and practice our early skills in communication, social interaction and awareness, and how to develop our physical skills. In addition to this we use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to underpin our learning, which is adapted creatively to meet our own individual and personal needs. We work closely with parents and relevant professionals to ensure sensitive and smooth transitions into school, highlighting that a positive child-centred community is essential to individual learning, development and wellbeing.

We use iPads to record our learning using electronic observation tools with which we can attach observations, developmental assessment criteria and annotated photographs to demonstrate how much we enjoy coming to school. These are collated at the end of each year into our very own and special learning journey.

We are sympathetically introduced into our whole school community experiences, joining and taking part in assemblies and sharing play and daily collective celebration sessions within the Primary Department. In balance, we ensure that every child’s needs are holistically met, and promote free exploration in play and activities, peppered with short focus opportunities where we have the opportunity to learn from others around us. We have the benefit of a spacious and stimulating classroom, with our own quiet sensory room attached, and a safe and motivating outdoor play space, where we can extend our learning seamlessly into an outside environment.

We have our own topic cycle independent from the rest of the school. This runs on a three yearly cycle and incorporates exciting and motivating opportunities to learn across all seven areas of the EYFS. Currently this Spring term we are learning about “change”, focusing on weather, seasons and growth. We are doing lots of practical learning activities to discover and explore how things change around us, planting seeds and watching them grow, experiencing weather through putting on our coats and getting out in it, and looking at how the seasons affect what we do and see throughout the year.

Our topic books this term are:
Elmer in the Snow
Slowly Slowly Said the Sloth
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A Seed in Need
Next term we will be looking at “The Natural World”, focusing specifically on Mini Beasts, Parks and Gardens. This will allow us the perfect opportunity to develop our Forest School activities which we are currently introducing at Bedelsford. Using our peaceful location we can learn about the wonder of nature whilst practising skills which promote self-esteem and exploration.