Two Wickersley Sixth Form students, Elisha and Rebecca, have joined Wickersley Partnership Trust’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Departments – at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School and Aston Hall Junior and Infant School – for their Get Work Ready short-term placements.
The reasoning behind their choices to join the EYFS Department are quite different – Elisha’s is a stepping stone on her path to become a teacher and Rebecca’s is to get some experience with children to open up more doors to aid her ambitions of becoming a psychologist – potentially specialising in child psychology.
Some of the things that they have been doing in EYFS are:
- Helping the children learn new skills
- Supporting with the children’s needs
- Getting involved in creative tasks
- Learning the day-to-day rules and routines of EYFS
- Listening to the children read
- Encouraging the children to use new vocabulary
Jackie Heydon at Aston Hall Junior & Infant School said: “Rebecca has settled really well into the unit. She has worked really well during the science activities and has engaged so well with the students, encouraging new vocabulary and developing the children’s responses using key questioning skills.
“Rebecca has such a lovely, calm manner and approach with the children – they respond so well and she was able to encourage them to record and present their work in different ways.”
Eleanor Palmer, EYFS Teacher at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School said: “Elisha has been an asset to have in our classroom. She has helped the children with letter formation as well as helping with creative tasks. She has established good relationships with the children in a short period of time and is confident to ask questions to ensure she is providing children with correct information and learning.”
Meet the students!
Dance, PE and Psychology student and budding psychologist, Rebecca Tyler has joined the EYFS Department at Aston Hall Junior & Infant School for her Get Work Ready placement.
Due to not knowing which direction she wants to take with psychology, she wanted to give education a go. She’s interested in child development and some of the avenues that are available in child psychology.
Rebecca commented: “The programme has been good so far – really organised too. I’m excited to see how things go over the duration of the placement.”
Elisha is currently studying English Language, Law and Sociology and has joined the EYFS Department at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School to complete her short-term placement.
She wants to become a teacher and her next step is to go to university to study Primary Education. This opportunity is perfect for Elisha to get some experience in a primary school, before she even heads off to uni!
Elisha commented: “I absolutely love getting involved in creative tasks with the children and getting to know each child. So far, I’ve learned so much and I’m getting involved in the daily routines and tasks in EYFS.”