France Class - Autumn 2 Term
Here is a little bit of information about how we work in France Class and some photos of the children’s learning.
In France Class we aim to provide a happy and secure learning environment where all the children are encouraged to try their best and think for themselves. We firmly believe that all children are capable learners and are ready to learn.
We believe that the best learning takes place when children choose their own learning as they are self-motivated to learn. Most of the learning takes place through play. We call this ‘Choosing Learning’ time and we have two long sessions each day.
We work hard to ensure both our indoor and outdoor learning environments are stimulating places which motivate and challenge the children to work hard and achieve whilst having lots of fun.
Unlike the other classes in the school, we do not teach through ‘topics’ as the children choose their own topics or learning and these can change on a daily basis. So far this year through play, we have been learning about:
Pirates and treasure and we have made large-scale pirate maps and learnt about taking turns and sharing the treasure chest and treasure (Literacy and Personal, Social and Emotional Development)
Vets and how to care for a pet and we used lots of new words in our play (Communication and Language and Understanding of the World)
Hairdressers and we learnt how to wait and take-turns and how to look after ourselves to keep healthy (PSE)
Catapults and see-saws and we were naturally doing lots of counting as we stacked the bricks onto the catapults ready to shoot! (Physical Development, Mathematics and Understanding of the World)
Schools and school dinners and we had fun writing registers and number tickets, whilst recreating our experiences (Literacy and C&L)
Witches and Wizards where we made lots of potions and wrote recipes and counted out objects for our recipes (Expressive Arts and Design and Literacy)
Fantasy characters, such as fairies, elves and trolls and we used our imagination and language in play (C&L and EAD)
Hotels and Receptionists which led to for of mark-making and number recognition (Literacy and Mathematics)
Gymnastics Shows which led to ticket writing and how to be a good audience (PD, Literacy, PSE)
Parties and how to write party invitations (C&L and Literacy)
And ……… we had a visit from Dave the Dinosaur in the night who came to our school to take the number 6 from our number line. The children were keen to write messages to ask for our number 6 back and they came up with lots of suggestions as to why Dave the Dinosaur took the number 6. “He wants to learn his numbers” “He is 6” “He doesn’t have any numbers at home”. (C&L, Mathematics, EAD and Literacy).
In the Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning:
· Communication and Language
· Physical Development
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development
· Understanding the World
· Expressive Arts and Design
We ensure that the children access a broad and balanced curriculum, based on their own interests. The adults are continuously looking for ‘teachable moments’ in the children’s play and it’s this way the adult becomes involved in the learning process and moves each child on towards their next steps.
We work in this way because ... “Young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in these moments of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moments’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).” From National Strategies document ‘Learning, Playing and Interacting’ - pages 22 - 23
In addition to our choosing learning times, we generally have three adult-led carpet time sessions a day where specific skills are taught across the curriculum.
This term we are focusing on Speaking and Listening for Communication and Language. We are teaching children new vocabulary and showing them how to be good listeners. We ensure that all children have lots of opportunities for speaking, where they know they will be listened carefully to.
For Mathematics, we are focusing on number recognition, saying numbers in order to 20, counting accurately and adding.
For Literacy, we are currently teaching phonics (Phase 1) and we are focusing on rhyming words (e.g cake/snake); words that begin with the same sounds (e.g dog, digger, dance, dice, dig); and understanding that words are made up of letters e.g cat is c-a-t.
We also use our carpet times to excite children with a provocation for learning (such as ‘Dave the Dinosaur’) and we talk about significant events such as Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night.
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 the books each week. During this session, we will leave out photos of your children’ s learning that week in school and this is a lovely opportunity for parents to talk to children about their learning in school.
Don’t forget, Forest School is on a Tuesday afternoon this term, so we need wellies in for this day. Thank you!
The EYFS team.
Reminder – The mathematics information session for parents is on THURSDAY 30th NOVEMBER – 8:50-9:30am. We look forward to seeing you there!
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