Welcome to Early Years
In the Early Years, we are passionate about providing the children with the best start for their learning journey. We aim to provide an exciting curriculum and stimulating environment, which develops the children's confidence and motivation to thrive within their setting.
Nursery - Miss Riley, Miss Bunney and Miss Pamment
Upper Foundation - Mrs Kimbley (Early Years Leader) and Mrs Middleton.
We value reading within the academy; reading forms the basis for our homework in the Early Years. Parents are welcome to come into school to read and borrow books through our lending library to share with their children at home.
In Upper Foundation Stage, children have an individual reading books and sight words to read with an adult at home. During the year, projects linked to our topic are also set for the children to complete at home.
At Towngate Primary Academy, we encourage the children to be smart in appearance so that they are ready to learn.
- Below is a list of our academy uniform:
- - White collared shirt or polo shirt
- - Grey trousers, shorts or skirt
- - Blue summer dress or grey pinafore
- - Navy blue academy jumper or cardigan
- - Black shoes
It is important for the children to have the correct PE kit in school, including the correct footwear, to particpate in sporting activities.
- Black or navy shorts
- White polo shirt or t-shirts
- Pumps or trainers
- Black or navy shorts or jogging bottoms
- White polo shirt or t-shirt
- Black or navy hoody/jacket
Take a look at what we have been up to this week!
22nd March, 2019
This week, F1 have been practising really hard to learn their Last Choir Standing song. F2 were their audience this week and all staff and children cheered loudly as they were amazing; some superstars in the making I think, Well done F1. This week in F2, we have been thinking about spring and have enjoyed our spring walk to appreciate our immediate environment. We have also enjoyed our local walk to Kingsway Methodist Church. We learnt about special times and special places. Staff were impressed with the children's visit. Well done! Please take a look on twitter to enjoy our local walk with us.
15th March, 2019
This week in the Early Years, we have been preparing our garden in readiness for planting more seeds. We have four different seeds in our classroom which we are observing grow each day. We have been writing instructions about planting seeds and practising counting on using our number lines. We have enjoyed our non-uniform day and have thought about why Red Nose Day is so important.
8th March, 2019
In Early Years this week, the children enjoyed collecting data for lots of different reasons: choosing our favourite toppings for our pancakes on Pancake Day and even voting for our favourite text that we have read so far this year. The children extended their learning by collecting their own data from peers in the setting about favourite colours and favourite fruits. Next week, the children will be learning how to present their data in their very own bar charts! We have been watching our cress grow following our science experiment and we will be planting beans this afternoon as part of our topic work on Jack and the Beanstalk, which you can look after at home! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day – especially enjoying sharing a story with the oldest children in school! Well done everybody!
29th March, 2019
This week F1 have continued to enjoy our story, Jack and the Beanstalk, and we have been writing letters to the Jack. We have also been recognising numbers during the week.
F2 have continued to talk about features of a plant as we have been watching different beans and seeds grow. We have also enjoyed using money and adding different coins together.
Early years, also thoroughly enjoyed all of our Inspire activities on Thursday morning.
A very busy week. Well done everyone!
5th April, 2019
What a very busy term it has been. We are very proud of all the children in Early Years. This week F1 have enjoyed going on an Easter hunt. They have also been practising counting carefully as they added leaves to their beanstalk in maths.
F2 have enjoyed baking honey biscuits with Mrs Middleton, we hope you were able to taste them at home! We have also been practising our adding and subtracting skills and writing about Jack and the Beanstalk.
Foundation stage have had a very busy start to our new term. We would like to welcome all the children starting in F1 this week. F1 have been thinking about castles as part of their topic work this week and we have been using shapes to make our own castle pictures.
F2 have been practising our writing this week. We are trying hard to write clear sentences and to punctuate our work. We have also focused on finding one more and one less in our number work. We were all very proud of the children’s singing in their performance on Thursday morning. Well done everyone!
We have had another busy week in Foundation Stage. F1 have been thinking about their topic of Castles. We have been exploring 3D shapes this week and we have been learning about the Royal Family, thinking about who they are and where they might live compared to where we live. The children in F2 have been reading the story The Three Little Pigs and we have been thinking about different materials and their properties. We have also been developing our writing and doubling numbers.
This week F1 have been busy thinking about the story of Cinderella. They have been making their own crowns and sequencing events in the story. F1 have also been busy counting and recognising numbers in their number challenge this week.
F2 have been thinking about the past - learning about homes in the 1900s. We have been comparing pictures of different rooms and objects and thinking about how things have changed. We have also been solving problems in our maths work and finding half of a quantity.
We have enjoyed a very busy week at school this week! F1 have enjoyed painting castles and have enjoyed learning in the outdoor environment this week. F2 would like to say thank you for sharing your old toys with us. The children have enjoyed showing these and telling their friends all about them. We have also enjoyed thinking about materials and testing how far a car will travel over different surfaces. We are looking forward to our Inspire afternoon, next Tuesday. Well done everyone.
We have had another very busy week in Early Years. F1 have enjoyed looking after Shelley over the past few weeks and they have also been practising counting to 10. F2 have been reading 'Someone Bigger'. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing this story with everyone during our Inspire afternoon. We all had fun making our kites; it was wonderful to see everyone so busy and enjoying flying their kites.
We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday!
14th June, 2019
Welcome back to everyone. We have had another busy week in Early Years. F1 have been focusing on finding one more and one less in their number work. They have also been working hard to learn two new tricky words, "I" and "the". F2 have started thinking about the seaside as part of our new topic. We have been practising our writing and thinking about weighing and solving problems in our mathematics work. Well done everyone.
Everyone in the early years has been very busy this week! F1 have been learning to share and find odd and even numbers during their maths learning, whilst F2 have been thinking about using money in our maths work. We have also been learning about visiting the seaside and how it was different in the past. We all enjoyed taking part in the race for life event on Thursday - thank you to the parents and carers of pupils in Early Years for your support.
28th June 2019
In Early Years this week, we have been enjoying our outdoor learning. Nursery have spent time collecting materials from our outdoor area to make different 3D shapes and discuss their properties; Nursery have also been reading The Rainbow Fish and have enjoyed making their own fish collage. In F2 this week, we have enjoyed sharing our new story – Billy’s Bucket. We considered the creatures that Billy might find in his bucket and wrote our own descriptive sentences. We have enjoyed using clay to make our own under the sea pictures.
5th July 2019
This week F1 have been working hard especially in our phonics lessons. We have been practising identifying different letter sounds and digraphs. We have also spent lots of time practising our numbers, including counting out the right amount of objects and finding one more and one less than a given number. F2 have enjoyed thinking about animals which live under the sea and writing our own books this week. We have been solving lots of problems in our number work: practising our adding and subtraction skills. We have also starting planning our pictures for our silk paintings for art week.
12th July 2019
This week in Early Years we have had a very exciting week! On Thursday, F1 took their teddy bears on a walk to Spring Mill for a picnic. We had a lovely time with our friends and our adults so thank you to those parents / carers who were able to join us. In F2, we have been busy practising our skills using money. We are very excited about our silk paintings and are looking forward to adding colour to them next week
19th July 2019
It has been another very busy week. F2 began their week with a wonderful trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the sculptures and learning about the artists who had made them and their ideas. In the afternoon, we were able to make our own sculptures and artwork using lots of different resources. F1 have worked very hard this week using paint and fabric to create their sea pictures. We have all enjoyed meeting our new teachers and spending time in our new classrooms too. Well done everybody!
25th July 2019
Wow, I cannot believe we are at the end of our school year. We have had a very busy year with lots of special memories to look back on. I just want to say how proud we are of all the children in Foundation Stage; they have worked so hard and achieved so much. Thank you for supporting your children at home with their learning, particularly their reading, it makes such a difference. We cannot wait to see how you all progress next year in your new class. All the staff would like to wish you a wonderful holiday. Enjoy your time together.
6th September 2019
We would like to welcome everyone back after the holiday and hope you have had a lovely summer.
All the staff in Foundation Stage would like to say how proud we are of all the children this week. We have had a very positive and settled start to our new school year. The children have worked very hard drawing pictures, making patterns and practising our numbers this week.
Well done everyone!
13th September 2019
We have had another very busy week in Foundation Stage. We are so proud of how the children are settling in and engaging in their learning. F1 have been busy drawing themselves for their Guess Who display. F2 have been thinking about autumn. We have been using our cutting skills and drawing autumn pictures. We have also been thinking about our numbers and finding the missing number in a number line. Well done everyone!
20th September 2019
This week F1 and F2 have been thinking about people who help us. F1 have been learning about different jobs within the community and F2 have been thinking about people who help us at home and at school. We have been drawing self-portraits in F1 and pictures of our family in F2. We have also been learning about shapes and their properties, including 2D and 3D shapes. Well done everyone.
27th September 2019
We have had a very busy week at school. F1 have been thinking about autumn and they have enjoyed looking for signs of autumn in the school grounds. F2 have been learning to add two numbers together in our mathematics lessons. We have all enjoyed baking for our McMillan coffee morning. Well done everyone.
4th October 2019
This week F1 have been busy counting objects accurately in our number work. We have also enjoyed making scarecrow pictures using lots of different materials. F2 have been working hard in our phonics lessons, learning how to segment and blend sounds to help us read and write. We have also enjoyed mixing powder paints to make different shades of autumn. We have been using paintings by Kandinsky to inspire our work.
11th October 2019
This week F1 have been busy colour mixing within their artwork. The have also been learning about shapes and their properties and they have enjoyed finding shapes in the environment. F2 have been thinking about firefighters this week. We have enjoyed our Read Write Ink lessons and we are trying hard to blend and segment words to support our reading and writing. We have also been thinking about the length of objects and the words we can use to describe them.
18th October 2019
This week we have been thinking about autumn in Early Years. F1 have been painting pictures of autumn trees and practising their counting skills through their focused work.
F2 have been writing simple sentences about autumn. We have been learning how the spell "the" and "like" to help us with our writing. We have also been practising finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number.
25th October 2019
We would just like to say how proud we are of all the children in F1 and F2 this half term, you have all worked very hard. This week F1 have been learning about the days of the week and they have been busy making pumpkin heads in their art activities. F2 enjoyed learning about being a police officer this week. Thank you to Mr Robson for visiting Early Years this week and talking to the children. F2 have been working hard practising our writing and also learning to subtract in our mathematics work. We hope you enjoy your holiday
8th November 2019
Welcome back to a new half term, we hope everyone had a lovely break. F1 have been busy this week thinking about our value of the month - love. We have been making love hearts with the name of someone special on it. We have also been painting firework pictures and learning about Guy Fawkes. F2 have had a busy week. We have been writing about what we can see and hear when fireworks explode and using paint to create a picture of fireworks in the sky. We have been learning about Parliament and talking about rules and the law. We have also been learning to tell the time focusing on o'clock.