Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU

01132533009

office@birchfieldprimary.org.uk

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Information for Parents: Reception baseline assessment (RBA)

If your child is starting school this September (2021) they will be participating in the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting Reception. The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between Reception and Year 6 / the end of Key Stage 2. 

Please see the link on the left for further information.

 

Applying for a place at Birchfield

Parents can apply for primary school places between Monday 1st November 2021 and Saturday 15th January 2022. Information around applying for primary school places can be found on the school admissions webpage.

An open evening will be held in November. Please keep your eyes peeled for the date. 

 

Information for Nursery and Reception

A child’s learning journey at Birchfield Primary School can start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We pride ourselves in providing an excellent education in Nursery and Reception and we always like to welcome new children and families to our school.

Unfortunately, due to COVID, we are currently not showing any parents around our School. However, if you are considering putting your child’s name down for a place at Birchfield, please do give us a call – we will happily discuss any questions or queries over the phone.  We like to share lots of information about our school to help you to decide whether Birchfield is the right place for you. 

If you are offered a place, we ensure that our welcome process is thorough. Currently, we cannot visit families at home however we have been completing 'garden visits' and invited new starters to come to stay and play. This offers and opportunity to discuss any queries or concerns and so that the children can meet the team. We also add our children to Class Dojo and Tapestry prior to them starting in our unit so that the teachers can read stories/set challenges for the children so that they can make relationships and ease the transition into school. 

We believe that if we work together then a child’s experience of starting school can be extremely positive and happy. We work hard to ensure that this good relationship extends all the way through school with our open door policy.

 

The Foundation Stage Unit

Within Birchfield Primary Foundation Unit, we promote a love of learning within a safe and happy school environment. Every child is unique and important to us. Within the framework of the Foundation Stage Curriculum, we provide a creative and challenging curriculum and environment which encourages the children in our care to grow their learning, confidence and self-esteem.

In our unit at Birchfield, you will see a variety of learning in the areas of provision that are both indoors and outdoors. During the school day there is a balance of child-led learning and adult-directed tasks which are carefully planned to practise a particular skill. The children’s progress is recorded and tracked using an online learning journal called Tapestry, which parents are encouraged to view and contribute to. These observations and next steps will then feed in to future activities to ensure the children’s learning is progressing.

 

Take a virtual tour of our Outdoor Area. Children have free flow access to this all year round and we love watching the seasons change in our big space. 

Wriggly Nativity Songs:

Wriggly Nativity -

Wriggly nativity, wriggly nativity!
Somehow you’ve just got to move:
It’s a wriggly nativity.
Can you feel the thrill?
Can you feel the thrill?
Glory, glory, what a story!
No-one’s sitting still!
Wriggly nativity…

Donkey Plodding - 

Donkey - Eee-orr!
Donkey plodding, donkey plodding
Move your weary bones.
Donkey plodding, donkey plodding
Over rocks and stones.
Or-eee-orr, eee-orr, eee-orr,
Never ever moans:
Donkey plodding all day long.
Donkey - Eee-orr!
Carry gentle Mary,
Carry gentle Mary,
All the way to Bethlehem.
Donkey - Eee-orr!
Donkey plodding…
Donkey - Eee-orr!

Joseph walks beside you,
Joseph walks beside you,
All the way to Bethlehem.
Donkey - Eee-orr!
Donkey plodding…

Knock On Another Door - 

We’ve got no room,
We must confess
We can’t take any more.
We’ve got no room,
So we suggest
You knock on another door!
Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!
Any room for a couple
With nowhere else to stay?
Any room for a couple
Who’ve come from far way?
We’ve got no room…
Any room for a lady
Whose baby’s nearly due?
Any room for a lady?
We don’t know what to do!
We’ve got no room…
Mary & Joseph
Any room for a baby
Who’s coming soon for sure?
Innkeeper 3
All we’ve got is a stable
But help yourself to straw!

Rockabye Jesus - 

Rockabye, Jesus, close your eyes,
I will sing you a lullaby.
Don’t be afraid; your mother’s here.
Softly sleep, my dear.
(repeat)
Softly sleep, my dear.

Dancing About In The Straw - 

Look at all the cows
In the stable tonight,
Dancing about in the straw!
Look at all the cows
In the stable tonight,
Dancing like they never have before!

Feeling so excited to see the baby boy.
See them dancing everywhere:
Their hearts are filled with joy!

Look at all the donkeys…

Feeling so excited…

Look at all the chickens…

Feeling so excited….

Twinkling Stars

Twinkling stars, those twinkling stars,
Twinkling stars in the beautiful night,
Twinkling stars are twinkling oh so bright!
See them gleaming, glittering, gleaming.
See them gleaming in the sky!
See them gleaming, glittering, gleaming.
See them gleaming oh so high!
Twinkling stars…
See them shining, shimmering, shining.
See them shining in the sky!
See them shining, shimmering, shining.
See them shining oh so high!
Twinkling stars…

Skip, Skip, Skippity, Hop

Not far away
On the hillside that night.
Shepherds and their sheep
Saw the sky fill with light.
Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity,
Skip, skip, skippity, hop!
Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity,
Hop, hop, hop!
Shepherds’ eyes went very wide
And their hearts went thump inside.
They were scared,
They could not look away.

There they all were
On the hillside that night.
Shepherds and their sheep
Saw the sky fill with light.
Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity…
(sing twice, ending with:)
(quietly) Hop, hop, hop!
(quietly) Hop, hop, hop!
(LOUD!) HOP, HOP, HOP!

Bumping Up and Down

Bumping up and down on a camel,
Which is bumping up and down under them.
Bumping up and down on a camel,
All the way to Bethlehem.
We have gold for the baby.
The star will show us the way.
Frankincense for the king of the world,
Born this happy day!
Bumping up and down on a camel...
We have myrrh for the baby.
The star will show us the way.
Taking gifts to the king of the world,
Born this happy day!
Bumping up and down on a camel…
(repeat last line twice at the end)

If you would like some ideas and activities please visit:

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3

 

Please see our Class Pages for our Remote Learning or click here:

Nursery

Reception

 

New to Nursery or Reception? Click here for further information about transition and starting school:

New to Birchfield

 

The EYFS Co-ordinator is Mrs Threlfall who can be contacted by completing the form below.

EYFS Co-ordinator