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Class F

 January 2023

Class F - OUR LEARNING

This term we will be looking at ‘Space’ and ‘Dinosaurs/Animals’ through carefully planned activities, which will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and will shape the curriculum we provide for the learning and development of the children within Class F. We will use rich Fiction and Non-Fiction texts to introduce them to new vocabulary and actions through elements of ‘talk for writing’ to help them to remember the features of stories and eventually to help them write stories of their own. As well as learning about our journey into space, and our journey to a time when dinosaurs roamed our planet, we will be learning about different cultures and religions as we celebrate one of the popular festivals in Hinduism, Holi, the ‘Festival of Colour’ and the Christian Festival of Easter. Please see our Knowledge Organisers that share our intentions for your childrens learning in more detail and also how you can help support them at home.

 

OUR NEW EYFS STATUTORY FRAMEWORK 2021

From September 2021, all early years providers in England must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework 2021 , Development Matters Non-Statutory Guidance 2021 and Non-Statutory Birthto5matters

 

The key aims of the reforms are to:

o    improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children; and

o    reduce workload, such as unnecessary paperwork, so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with the children in their care. 

Literacy

As a school we have purchased the Little Bug Club Phonics Teaching and Learning programme to support progress in reading and writing skills. This term in Reception we focus on introducing some more ‘digraphs’ (2 letters – 1 sound) and ‘trigraphs’ (3 letters – 1 sound. For example, ‘ay’ as in play, ‘ee’ as in tree and ‘igh’ as in high. It is important that these are not pronounced as 2 or 3 separate sounds.  Within Nursery we will be focusing on encouraging children to hear the different sounds within words through segmenting and blending aurally.

 

All children will be encouraged to hold their pencil using the correct grip when mark making, and within Reception children will be shown how to form their letters correctly. We will also support their development of reading by focusing on their skills for developing inference (predicting, clarifying, questioning, summarising), such as ‘how a character might be feeling or why a character may have carried out a particular action’. We provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your continued support reading with your child as often as possible. This can be through hearing your child read the books we send home, using and sharing books from the library or simply reading stories to them.

 

Mathematics

Our aim is to provide the children in Class F with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and to build a sense of enjoyment, awe and wonder for the subject. This term within Reception we are supporting them all to explore patterns and a number focus on recognising patterns of numbers without having to count, such as a pictorial representation of 5 on a dice. We will explore 2-D shapes and their properties, such as a shape with ‘4 sides and 4 vertices’ can be represented by a ‘square’ and also a ‘rectangle’ as well as Non-standard units of measurement, time, money and length – will also be a feature of our activities. Within Nursery we will be beginning to focus on numbers up to 5 and looking at ‘the one-ness of one’, using nursery rhymes to support this.

Numberblocks
In class we use Numberblocks’ and NCTEM related activities and games to support with number concepts and deepen understanding of number.

 

Enrichment

We have Outdoor Learning and Leap into Life throughout the week, and P.E, on Friday mornings. Please can children have their P.E. kits with them for this session.

We have a tray for drinks in the classroom and will encourage your children to drink water often. Drink bottles can be refilled from water resources that we have in school. 

Learning Journal

We aim to capture some ‘WOW’ moments of the children’s learning through photographs which we will share with you (parents/carers) via Tapestry, as they not only provide a record of their learning, but they are a fantastic memory of how your child spends their time in school. Along with other evidence from school and home, this provides us with a picture of your ‘unique child’ and how we can best facilitate their learning styles and interests.

Please post observations to Tapestry for any ‘WOW’ moments in your child’s learning at home too, as we also love to share these together in Class F! 

Home Learning

Research has shown that Homework teaches children vital skills such as the developing independence, resilience and self-discipline. It also encourages children to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task. In Class F, in addition to reading together, there will sometimes be activities to support your child’s learning development at home. This will allow you as parents/carers to have an active role in you children’s education and help you to evaluate their progress in partnership with the school.

 

Cultural Capital

‘Cultural Capital’ in Class F starts from a position of celebrating your children as ‘unique’ individuals. We aim to help and support the members of Class F to build the confidence and communication skills that are needed so that they can speak up for themselves and grasp the opportunities that await them. In addition, we appreciate and celebrate the cultural environment of our school in a rural setting in the South West of England but also plan for other experiences by celebrating festivals from other religions to teach about tolerance and diversity, preparing your children to be future citizens of England.

 

The happiness of the children in Class F is of upmost importance to us and we want every child in our class to feel safe, happy and secure. If you ever have any worries, questions or concerns, please do no hesitate to make an appointment to see us or call the office to speak to us. We will always work with you to ensure the happiness and well-being of your child.

Many thanks  

Miss Sophie Batstone (Class Teachers), Miss Charlotte Andrew (Class Teacher),

Miss Clare Heard (Nursery Practitioner), Miss Weeks (Nursery Practitioner).