In our class, we have three adults working with us. Miss Pope is our class teacher and Mrs Adjei is our PPA teacher (Tuesday morning). Our teaching assistant is Miss Gibson.
A lot of our learning is play based, and our teachers set up daily activities and open ended opportunities for us to develop a range of skills across all areas of the curriculum. This term are focuses are as follows:
Communication and Language and Literacy: The children will be encouraged to recognise their name in lots of ways such as using our voting station, as well finding their name card to practise writing their name in our handwriting sessions. We will start to introduce the children to phase one and phase two of the letters and sounds program, learning how to read and write individual letters and simple words.
Mathematics: This term we will be learning how to count up to and beyond 20, recognise numerals and begin to write numbers up to 10. The children will be introduced to a range of 2D shapes, as well as exploring shape, space and measure in the environment.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We will be helping the children to explore their emotions, establish friendships and begin to understand the behavioural expectations of the settings. The children will continue to be encouraged to be as independent as possible when managing their own hygiene, and dressing and undressing for PE.
Physical Development: In our dedicated PE session (Monday) we will be exploring different ways of moving, ways to negotiate travel and space, and the importance of exercise on our bodies. In the learning environment, we will be engaging in activities that help develop our fine and gross motor skills in preparation for writing.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World: The learning environment will be set up with opportunities to explore technology and the world around us. We will use resources to make new discoveries as well as experimenting with media and materials.
Expressive Arts and Design: Our dedicated creative area will provide the children with opportunities to use a range of materials to create pictures and constructions. We have a range of dressing up costumes to encourage the children to introduce songs and story lines into their play, to allow their imagination to flourish.
Please check your child’s book bag every day. Inside their book bags you will find their rocket words to be practised as much as possible, a name card for your child to practise writing their name and a reading journal for you to write comments about how your child is getting on when reading their words and books with you at home.
We are always looking for parents and grandparents who may be able to dedicate a little time to help out with school life, from reading with children in school, to accompanying us on school trips. If you are interested please see Mrs Store, who can discuss with you how you can help.
All children in reception are entitled to free milk and fruit which is offered at snack time every morning. If you wish to send a snack for your child, please encourage your children to choose a healthy snack that is to be kept in their locker. We also have a chilled water dispenser at school, so please send a named drinks bottle every day.
Due to the ever changing weather conditions, please keep an eye on the forecast and send your child to school with appropriate provisions for the weather. The children can keep a named hat and named sun cream in their locker for those days when the sun is shining!
Every Friday we will be going for a ‘Welly Walk’ around the school and in the surrounding area, as part of the Knowledge and Understanding element of the EYFS curriculum. Please can you send a named coat and a pair of wellies to school with your child to be kept in their locker.
Dates for your diary:
Reading in the Early Years - Information Meeting for Parents – Thursday 12th September @ 9am
Queenswood Trip – Thursday 3rd October – Letter to follow
Grandparents Day – Friday 4th October @ 2.15pm
Maths in the Early Years – Information Meeting for Parents – Thursday 7th November @ 9am