A bank of ‘Next Steps’ statements for EYFS, based on the Early Learning Goals and age band statements from Development Matters. Designed to help move children on to their ‘next step’ across all 17 areas of learning, as part of teachers’ formative assessment in Reception classes. Also includes Exceeding statements.
A set of phone numbers for display in the Home Corner - includes ‘Take Away Food’ (with photo support and labels) and fictional character telephone numbers (e.g. Goldilocks, Spiderman, Batman etc.). Designed to support reading and mathematical development in the Early Years.
A comprehensive set of weekly phonic lesson plans, covering all Set 1 sounds taught through Read, Write Inc. Each weekly plan covers three sounds per week and the plans are fully editable.
Sounds covered are:
m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk.
A PDF document with over 20 ideas for outdoor activities, in line with the Forest School approach to education (I have received formal training in the Forest School approach). Detailed photographs are included to support the explanation of each activity. Can also be used for staff training or INSET sessions, or simply to gather ideas to improve outdoor practice and provision.
A simple template designed for recording children’s ability to recognise their own name, whether they are right or left-handed, and the pencil grip they are currently using. Pictures of types of pencil grip are included to support practitioners’ recording. A PDF version is also included.
A set of Phase 2 phoneme frame worksheets for phonics development. Features 4 pages of CVC worksheets - covering CVC words, e.g. bus, hat, fish, moth etc. Children write one sound in each box - ideal for writing practice or homework.
A simple grid covering all areas of learning within the EYFS, to support practitioners to capture quality observations. Designed in line with the EYFS exemplification materials; also covers the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
An individual recording sheet for baseline phonic assessments. Assesses single sound recognition (a-z), oral blending, CVC word and tricky word reading (Phase 2). Ideally repeated half-termly or termly to show progression. Can also support allocating children to streaming groups for differentiated teaching.
Flashcards of the words and sounds within the assessment are also included.
An interactive Powerpoint activity featuring 30 CVC words. The pictures appear first; once they are clicked on the letters drop down one by one so that children can read along with each word. This is a great whole class activity for CVC word or oral blending practice during Phonics sessions.
On Entry Maths Assessment for the Early Years - featuring Number assessments as well as areas of Shape, Space and Measure. A simple one page document ideal for capturing a snapshot of children’s mathematical understanding on entry and as children develop throughout the year.
A washing machine front dial for supporting reading and mathematical development in the Early Years. Numbered to 9 with simple symbols and words. Also included are washing instructions - simple sentences to display in the home corner.
A set of display posters for the Home Corner, showing photographs of typical houses and rooms in countries around the world, with labels to support early reading development. Countries included are: Japan, Spain, Sweden, England, Australia, India, Cuba, America and South Korea. Great for encouraging discussion of similarities and differences and supporting children’s development of People and Communities and Understanding the World. Could also be printed and turned into a non-fiction book for the Reading or Home Corner.
A comprehensive set of weekly phonic lesson plans, covering all Set 2 sounds taught through Read, Write Inc. Each weekly plan covers three sounds per week and the plans are fully editable.
Sounds covered are:
ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy.
A simple one page PDF document for parents that outlines the End of Reception expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics, with examples from the Early Years Exemplification materials. Useful to give to parents during parents’ evenings as a reminder of what to aim for.
A one page Reading Record for Reception aged pupils, featuring the ‘Development Matters’ reading statements for 30-50 months, 40-60 months and the Early Learning Goal. There is space for teacher comments and logging the dates and books read each week.
In my Reception class we have a reading folder for the whole class. Every child gets one of these sheets either half-termly or termly, to document their progression and to support assessment. Practitioners write comments by the side and date when steps are achieved. Having the Development Matters statements easily to hand helps prompt practitioners to further children’s learning and plan for their ‘next steps’.