Welcome to Early Years!
At Irk Valley Community School, staff in Early Years plan according to Early Years Outcomes, a government publication to help structure children's development from birth to 5 years old. The publication is available on the following link:
... In simpler terms!
Early Years Outcomes has also been published as a supporting document to help parents and carers work alongside teachers and learn with their children at home. This is available on the following link:
We always appreciate an extra pair of hands and it's lovely when parents come and join us to help us with our learning on Fix it Fridays and other celebration days. In 2017 we have had a Mother's Day tea party and a football tournament on Father's Day. Please always have a chat with your teacher or Mrs Marshall if you have any questions concerns about your child's learning and development, or if there is anything else we can help you with.
As children move through Early Years, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'- a method to support children's phonic skills and help them learn to read and write. This begins in nursery with Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, which encourages children to listen to and join in with nursery rhymes and songs as well as listening carefully and helping them to tune into sounds around them. Once they move onto Phase 2, children begin to learn actual letters, although they are first introduced to the sounds they make not their names. To listen to these sounds, please click on the link below:
Visit to the Library:
On Tuesday 7th February, our Nursery classes visited Central Library in Manchester for a fantastic storytelling session. The children were very well behaved and we all had a great time listening to the stories and music.
Learning through play:
Throughout the Early Years, we aim for every child to enjoy their day at school and encourage them to become independent and motivated learners. Staff encourage playful interactions to help children develop across Seven Areas of learning:
At Irk Valley Community School we like to celebrate festivals and religions which happen all over the world, especially when some of our children have links to particular countries and religions. We have This year we have celebrated Eid, Christmas and below are a few pictures form Chinese New Year (January 2017).