EYFS visit from Leighton Primary School
By Ali Carroll, EYFS, Year One and Phonics Lead, Woodston Primary School, OWN Trust
We were delighted to welcome the Headteacher and EYFS Lead from Leighton Primary, to Woodston Primary, on Wednesday 6th October. Emma Ward, the Headteacher had contacted Jacki Mitchell, asking to visit to see what we do in Reception at Woodston. During the visit, Emma and Jo Bird looked at the indoor and outdoor learning environments and saw the children accessing a Funky Fingers session, a Literacy input and continuous provision. They also spoke at length to the EYFS Lead, Ali Carroll, exchanging ideas and reflecting on how the teams in both schools are working to develop the provision and learning environments to meet the needs of the children, within the framework of the revised EYFS documents, which both schools adopted early in 2020. The Reception classes at Leighton have also recently relocated, giving the Reception children a much larger outdoor area and so Jo and Emma were keen to see how we are developing our outdoor area and discuss resources and plans.
Prior to the pandemic, the Reception teachers at Woodston had visited Jo and the Reception team at Leighton to see how they organised and resourced their continuous provision, and had gained some great ideas. During the visit to Woodston, we discussed various elements of Literacy, and Ali shared the Woodston approach to early reading. Leighton are currently using Write Dance, to support handwriting and Jo invited the Woodston Reception teachers over to see it in action.
Feedback from the visit included the following from Jo, “Thank you very much for your warm welcome and taking the time to show us around your fantastic setting. You've given me lots of food for thought!” and Emma commented, “Thank you so much for hosting us! It is always a real treat to visit another school. We would be very happy for you to visit.”
We look forward to continuing professional dialogue with the Leighton team. It is great to be able to share ideas together with another local school!