This Spring 1 half term we are looking at Once upon a time stories: Traditional Tales. We are looking at some favourites; The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen; as well as some less known ones like The Giant Turnip, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. This last one connects our learning to the Chinese New Year festival.
In Phonics, we are starting to make words and short sentences (wow!) with more sounds we are learning- so we are starting to read!!
We are learning "special friends" sounds - when two letters make one new sound - for example sh, th, ch, ng. We also are now taking home in our book bags, a phonics book that the children will read to someone special at home, to give them practice with their emerging reading skills. It is so exciting...but also challenging so we are really learning to benefits of positive struggling and trying hard in our learning. Alongside this, we are learning to segment words so we can spell and write them down to help our compositions of ideas and be writers!!
In maths we are also looking at compositions but this time of numbers inside other numbers - eg. what combinations make 5, 6, 7 and 8? We are learning all about subitising (not counting but seeing the numbers up to 5), counting for cardinality (the final number said is the total for the whole group), compositing and decomposing numbers (what makes up or is inside the number we are looking at) and some measuring. Lots of firm foundations to make all of us fantastic little mathematicians.
If parents have any questions please do just ask Miss Enrique, Debbie, Dilek, Shanika or send it to us on Tapestry. We love seeing what your child is learning at home too so please add your own observation of their learning to your Tapestry Learning Journal.
All the best
This half term we are looking at celebrations in our topic - In the night-time sky. The days are getting shorter and the night and darkness longer therefore celebrations are happening throughout the world and our different cultures. We started the term by looking at the festival of Diwali. Parents are welcome to talk about Diwali and celebrate it with the children on the 3rd of November. After that, we will have a look at Bonfire Night and discuss how it is celebrated in the UK. Later in December, we look at Christmas, as well as the shortest day of the year and, scientifically, why that happens.
In Phonics, we are starting to make words and short sentences (wow!) with the sounds we have already learnt - so we are starting to read!! It is so exciting...but also challenging so we are really learning to benefits of positive struggling and trying hard in our learning. Alongside this, we are learning to segment words so we can spell and write them down to help our compositions of ideas and be writers!!
In maths we are also looking at compositions but this time of numbers inside other numbers - eg. what combinations make 5? We are learning all about subitising (not counting but seeing the numbers up to 4), counting for cardinality (the final number said is the total for the whole group), composition (what makes up or is inside the number we are looking at) and some measuring. Lots of firm foundations to make all of us fantastic little mathematicians.
If parents have any questions please do just ask Miss Enrique, any Early Years Team, or send it to us on Tapestry. We love seeing what your child is learning at home too so please add your own observation of their learning to your Tapestry Learning Journal.
This year we are implementing some Parent Workshops to have a better knowledge of what your child is learning and discovering in school.
All the best
Welcome to the new school year. We are all very excited about welcoming you to our Early Years class on Monday 5th September 2022. We have been look forward to seeing you all.
I am your Early Year teacher Miss Enrique and your Early Years’ Practitioner is Debbie Mann, Dilek and Shanika.
Our first topic is called My Favourite Books – a lovely one for everyone to share about their favourite books, things and important people in their lives. A great getting-to-know-you topic. This is also a chance for the children to learn about their new classmates. Friendship and positive relationships are so important.
See below the planning for this half term.
The whole of EYFS will do P.E. lessons Wednesday mornings 9-10am. Please bring your child on Wednesday in their PE kit, including plimsolls/trainers, to better participate in the lessons. They can stay in these more comfortable clothes for the whole day. If you have any questions about this, please see Miss Enrique.
Tapestry – your child’s online learning journal
We use Tapestry to record your child’s learning over the week and the whole year. We publish to your email each Friday afternoon so you can share and re-live these learning highlights with your child. Our parents have told us that it provides a great “chatting moment” with their child and bridges school and home better.
Please log in and “download the free app”.
Any questions about this, please see Miss Enrique or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome again to our fabulous community where we all aim high to increase all our children’s curiosity about learning.
Early Years Teacher
Summer 1 half term news
Dear Reception parents and children,
We hope you had a lovely, restful Easter holiday and are ready for some Summer learning at school.
We have an exciting half term ahead of us. Our topic is called Wriggle, Hop, Crawl and Buzz! And it is all about Spring and minibeasts.
We will be exploring all kinds of minibeasts, including snails, worms, and caterpillars. My favourites are woodlice and dragonflies - which we will find near our pond later in the season.
Summer Term in reception also means a focus on our growing skills of reading and writing. We will be learning the link between phonics and the skill it leads to – which is the life-long skill of reading.
Each week your child will bring home in their book bag:
1. A phonics book for them to read to you and,
2. A core picture book that they have freely chosen that you read to them.
3. Their ever-growing green rhyme book - this is to share together at home.
We also have a new person to meet in EYFS – our new student teacher who will be with us for 10 weeks. Last term we had to say goodbye to Miss Moulton and Miss Coventry, who have now gone to their second placement schools. Now we welcome Miss Colletti to reception . As Early Years’ Lead, I will be her mentor, and she will observe and help Debbie and I as we teach our class – on her journey to be a fully fledged teacher. Please welcome her when you see her.
Miss Prentice, Debbie and Miss Colletti
It is important to get some exercise. If you can go outside remember you need to be 2 metres apart from other people at all times.
I love dancing so I'm so happy to see my favourite dancer Oti is bringing out daily kids dances to learn: Click on the image.
Alternatively this is a PE lesson you can do at home.
Five a day will keep you active too - and I look forward to seeing someone beat me at the routine: Click on the photo.
This term's topics are called Teddy Bears' Picnic and Wonderful Women.
For the first 5 weeks we are learning all about bears. Then for the final two weeks we are learning about Dina Asher Smith, a famous and wonderful British woman.
Click on the crayon icons below to learn more about each book with someone reading it to you.
Welcome back to school!!!
We have missed you all so much and I loved seeing you all back at school this Monday.
I thought your learning over the lockdown was fantastic and we are still working on our topic called Once upon a time.
This week and next we are looking at traditional stories from different parts of the world.
We are looking at Stories from the Caribbean with Anansi stories.
Next week we will look at Stories from Africa and Australia.
Then we will look at Jack and the Beanstalk - also growing our own beans as it is Spring now.
In maths we are going to work on numbers beyond ten; counting in 2s and 10s, length and height, bigger and smaller shoes ( looking at the giant’s shoes!).
We had fun dressing up for world book day and we had lots of characters from books and magazines:
Here is Alice in Wonderland and Ben 10.