France Class - Spring 1 Term
We have had a lot of fun in the Autumn Term and have been very busy learning about all manner of thing.
The children have been learning positional and relative language by creating assault courses outside and by playing with small world trains inside the classroom. We had a visit from the ‘Welly-Eating Monster’ and the children were excited to find their wellies, which he had hidden outside, and then tell the adults the position of their wellies. Some were found on top of the playhouse, behind the tree or next to the green shed.
We learnt about Jack Frost and went on a frost hunt around the school and painted Jack Frost and his icy house for our school display in the hall.
We have been learning the number of the day and making number books by finding this amount in the indoor and outdoor environments and taking photos for our book.
We have been learning about stages and audiences and singing songs and playing musical instruments in the outdoor area. We even had a food and ticket seller, who sent us to our designated seats!
We have had a story of the week and we have focused on traditional tales. We have been talking about good and bad characters and re-enacting the story, using masks and our loose parts outside. The children re-enacted The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which led us to learn about positional language as they were on top or under the bridge. They also re-enacted The Three Little Pigs and we had some rather scary wolves!
Our regular visitor to the school, ‘Steve the Seagull’ keeps the children amused and they have been writing him messages after he took our jumbo chalks from our outside area, telling him to be a good seagull (which he is now!)
We have been learning to combine different material to create our ideas and we always welcome junk modelling materials such as foil, cardboard boxes (especially large ones!) and kitchen towel inners. Please keep them coming in!
The children have enjoyed building a shelter as part of forest school and toasting marshmallows on the fire. They recreated their experiences in our outdoor area.
We find opportunities to count everyday both inside and outside the classroom. The children were keen to stack the tyres and climb in, and this led to counting, comparing sets, one more, adding and subtraction opportunities and was also a great way to teach children turn-taking, tolerating delay and problem-solving.
Some people may think it’s all ‘play, play, play’ in Reception Class! And, of course, they’d be right – but there’s also a heap of learning that happens too in our free-play ‘choosing learning’ times!
We continue to believe that the best learning takes place when children choose their own learning as they are self-motivated to learn.
We continue to have our focus groups throughout the day to teach specific skills to move children forward in their learning in mathematics, communication and language and literacy, which have been our focus areas this term.
We have continued to allow the children to choose what they want to learn and therefore do not plan topics in advance. The children have had access to a broad and balanced curriculum, based on their own interests and the adults’ role has been to look for ‘teachable moments’ in order to move every child on towards their next steps.
Although our topics are based entirely around the children’s interests, we do plan in some special events into the curriculum as part of Understanding of the World. In the Spring Term it is likely that we shall teach the children about Chinese New Year and join in the celebrations.
We look carefully at areas of the non-statutory curriculum, as laid out in the Development Matters’ curriculum guidance document, and it is likely that our focus for the Spring Term will be on:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) – Listening to other children’s ideas in play and keep the play going. Talk to others to organise a game together.
Communication and Language (C&L) – Listens to what others have to say and respond to what they hear with relevant comments. Introduces a story or narrative into their play. Extends vocabulary and explore the meaning of new words.
Physical development- Developing pencil hold and hand strength through ‘Write Dance’ and our morning ‘Busy Bee’ activities.
We will continue to learn about how stories are structured by sharing more traditional tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and we shall discuss how the story starts e.g ‘Once upon a time’, or ‘Long ago’; good and bad characters and talk about how the story ends e.g happy/sad and how the problem was solved.
Reading – Next term your child (when ready) will begin to learn the sounds letters make. We shall also model making suggestion to how a story might end and encourage your child to make their own suggestions. We will learn to understand that non-fiction books carry information, hear rhyming words and can continue a rhyming string e.g bat, cat, hat …… mat; and as part of phonics your child will learn to read some ‘tricky words’.
Writing – We will teach your child to write their own name, write some recognisable letters and we will focus on orally making up sentences to accompany a picture.
These are some of the skills we shall be teaching:
Number – Can count on from a given number e.g 6 ….7,8,9. Matches a number to the quantity correctly. Recognises all the numbers on a dice (dots); Recognises numerals up to 20. Compares sets, saying which is ‘more’ or ‘less’. Finds, then says, the number that is one more than a given number. Adds numbers together to find a total (adding). Records number investigations.
Shapes, space and measures – Weighing objects, using comparative language ‘heavier/lighter’; Playing and constructing with shapes; Uses positional and relative language, such as in, out, under, on top, next to, behind. Learns the names of 2D and 3D shapes, such as square, rectangle, triangle, sphere, cube, cuboid, pyramid, cone.
Understanding of the World (UW) – Shows an interest in celebrations of different cultures and beliefs. Talk about family events. Understands that they have similarities and differences to other children and families within the setting. Investigates and asks questions about the natural world.
Expressive Art and Design (EAD) – Uses a range of media. Joins materials together. Introduces stories and narratives into their play (Links to C&L). Plays cooperatively as part as a group to act out a narrative.
We also plan focus groups for children to learn specific skills in mathematics and literacy, in addition to our carpet times and these are tailored to the children’s next steps.
We generally have three adult-led carpet time sessions a day where specific skills are taught across the curriculum and our daily discrete phonics sessions.
Home-School Learning –
We ask parents to read story books regularly to their children at home (at least twice a week) and we will hold book swap sessions from 2:55 – 3:10pm every Friday so children and parents can change their sharing books each week.
When your child starts phonics (learning letters and sounds), there will be sounds to practise at home. Please come and speak to us if you are unsure how to say the sound – and try to remember not to put an ‘uh’ on the end of the sounds e.g ‘b’ (short sound) not b-uh!
We may also send some name cards home so your child can practise writing their name, if they can’t already do so– and if they can, to practise the correct formation of letters.
Counting underpins all of the number learning in Reception year, so ask your child to count everything and anything! Also, help them to find numbers in the everyday environment, such as on road signs, at the checkouts in supermarkets, on car registration plates, on house doors etc.
Your child will be selected to have the maths bag for the week, which includes different games and jigsaws to support their maths learning. The children will be excited to be chosen and it is important that you make time to play the games with your child. Please write in the book to say which games have been played at home. May we ask that children are supervised when playing these games and that all the pieces are put back in the box ready for he next child. Thank you for your cooperation.
Important messages –
We will start adult-led PE sessions this term and this will be on a Thursday morning. Your child will need a pair of black shorts and a white t-shirt in a PE bag on their pegs to stay in school until the end of term. Daps are not necessary.
Forest School will start again after the February half term so we will need wellies back in school then. Thank you!
As part of Understanding of the World we will ask the children to bring in photos of special events and celebrations in their own lives and from different cultures, so please support your child’s learning by taking photos of any celebrations or special events you have at home.
Thank you for your continued support.
The EYFS team.
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