Welcome to Early Years at Norwich Road Academy
At Norwich Road Academy, we are committed to providing a high quality Early Years education which gives children a secure and confident start to their school life and nurtures a lifelong love of learning. We offer children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning. It is the privilege of the Early Years practitioners to build upon that prior learning and experience. This is done through a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that parents, carers and teachers work effectively together to support all children’s learning and development. We aim to ensure there are regular opportunities for children to participate in activities that provide pupils with meaningful opportunities to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society and enrich Cultural Capital. Children acquire a wide vocabulary and secure knowledge of phonics through focused teaching.
Children have access to a stimulating and inspiring indoor and outdoor learning environment with resources chosen to meet the children’s needs and promote learning. We encourage confidence, independence and a desire to learn. Books are used to support learning in all areas of the indoor and outdoor learning environments and stories, poems and rhymes are read/sung aloud frequently. Children have opportunities to develop and embed maths skills in a wide range of contexts. Parents/carers feel equipped to support children in all areas of the curriculum.
Children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the seven areas of learning in an age-appropriate way. Children use their knowledge of Phonics to read accurately and with increasing speed and fluency. We ensure children’s vocabulary and understanding of language develops across the all areas of learning through appropriate labels, texts, poems, rhymes and songs.
A list of fun and interactive Early Years websites to use at home
- Bud’s Number Garden – Join Bud the Bee to explore his magical garden and practise recognising numbers, counting, sequencing and much more. This game is great for children in their first year of school or for pre-school children who want a taste of what they’ll be learning when they start school.
- Counting – A collection of musical films on counting one to 10, 10 to 20, sets and ordinal numbers.
- Measuring – Songs for learning the vocabulary of measuring as well as how to count time and money.
- Space and shape – A collection of musical films about 2D and 3D shapes, movements, shapes and patterns.
- Numberblocks – An animated series full of number tricks, available to watch on iPlayer.
- Bitz and Bob – Join Bitz and her little brother Bob in their animated engineering adventures. Available to watch on iPlayer.
- Bitz and Bob game – Help Bitz and Bob solve fun engineering problems and earn rewards along the way. A great way to explore maths and puzzles.
Literacy, Language and Communication
- School Radio: Nursery rhymes collection – A collection of well-known nursery rhymes and counting songs designed to promote joining in with singing and actions.
- School Radio: Playtime – Ideal for shared listening to get kids moving. Presented by Andy Day and Steven Kynman of CBeebies.
- School Radio: Listening Skills – A collection of 14 audio episodes inviting children to listen carefully to sounds and identify them. An easy way to promote listening skills and sustained focus.
- Welsh language – Learn the names of colours, the days of the week and how to count from one to 100 in Welsh.
- CBeebies Storytime App – Read over 40 interactive stories including fairy tales, nursery rhymes and stories with CBeebies favourites like Peter Rabbit and the Octonauts.
- Alphablocks – Play to learn phonics with the Alphablocks.
Understanding the World
- School Radio: Listen and Play – A collection of 50+ audio episodes that include a story, a song to join in with and simple movement activities, ideal for learning at home. Presented by CBeebee’s Cat Sandion.
- Maddie’s Do you Know – Learn new things with Maddie as she explores the world around us and discovers how stuff works. Available to watch on iPlayer.
- Go Jetters – Funky Facts from Ubercorn and the Go Jetters crew to help explore places all around the world help with Geography.
- Kit and Pup – Explore the wonderful world around us with Kit and Pup as they learn about everything from bubbles to trees.
Expressive Arts and Design
- CBeebies Get Creative app – Get your kids painting, making music, creating stories, inventing toys and building blocks with their favourite CBeebies friends. Perfect indoor activities to inspire creativity.
- Bring the Noise – The campaign to inspire music learning and make every child in the UK a musician. Includes songs, quizzes, musical exercises and more!
- Ten Pieces – Resources to help your little ones get creative with classical music.
Wellbeing and development
- Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU) – A collection of 17 films featuring puppets Pip and Declan to help children understand their feelings and emotions and how they can keep healthy and safe.
- My first day at school – A great game to play with your child and walk them through their first day at school.
- Starting Primary School – Support and resources for parents to help prepare your little ones take the first big step into Primary School.
- Teach: feeling better – A collection of clips presented by Dr Radha Moghil that explore feelings and emotions, as well as providing talking points and tools to feel better.
- 50 Things to Do Before You're Five - 50 Things is based on the simple idea that doing life-changing, fun, low-cost or no-cost activities with your family, and talking about them, is a great way to support the growth of your child's skills and confidence. Children with this great start in life not only enter primary school much more ready to learn but are more likely to be successful.
Physical Education and Development
- Super Movers – Resources across the curriculum to help get your little ones learning whilst staying fit and healthy! With subjects spanning from Maths to Modern Foreign Languages, these musical videos encourage movement whilst engaging the brain.
- See Bring the Noise for more songs with actions to improve rhythm, timing and counting.