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Our school value this half term is 'appreciation', and our topic is 'Marvellous Me!'

Some of the delights in store this term ...

As writers we will be focusing on beginning to write recognisable letters.

As readers we will be reading and retelling The Gruffalo and the Little Red Hen stories, using some letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence and we will start to take reading books home.

As mathematicians we will be creating and recreating patterns and build models and we will be learning to use everyday language related to time and money. 

As communicators we shall be sharing stories and listening to each other, speaking in sentences and asking 'how' and 'why' questions and listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

As artists we shall be experimenting with different media, texture and colour, we shall be storytelling, singing lots of songs and nursery rhymes and constructing with a purpose.

We shall be developing our gross motor skills by moving in different ways and our fine motor skills by continuing to hold our pencils effectively to mark make and write letters and numbers.  

To understand our world better, we are going to be talking about special events for ourselves and learning about others' special events, looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change in our environment, using ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software and going on Welly Walks!

Things to bring to school

A small bag to hang on your child’s coat peg (named polythene bag is fine), containing spare clothes etc.

A named warm coat (ideally waterproof/water resistant) as we use the outdoor area in all weathers.

A named pair of wellies. We have some spare pairs in school so don’t worry if you don’t have any.

Volunteering

If you have any spare time and you would like to volunteer please come and see a member of staff in Beanstalk.  

 Donations

If you have any puzzles, games or old toys that are in good condition, we would be happy to give them a new home!  We are particularly in need of dolls clothes and and dressing up clothes. 

 

 I am usually available for a quick chat either at the start or end of the day (except Wednesdays as this is staff meeting day).  Should you need to contact myself out of school hours my email address is sarah.browne@stnicholasprimaryschool.org.uk 

 

The EYFS is a distinct phase of education with its own curriculum from birth to the end of the Reception year. Please cut and paste/ follow the link to find out more:

www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

 

Each child will be supported to develop Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning:

• playing and exploring - 

finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’

• active learning -

being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do

• creating and thinking critically 

having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things

 

We will be supporting children to develop in a range of ways within the following seven EYFS Curriculum Areas:

Prime Areas (these are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas)

Personal. Social and Emotional Development

Children will be:

learning to play in a group, sharing and taking turns

supported to form good relationships with peers and familiar adults

selecting and using activities and resources with help

learning about their own feelings, and how some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings

beginning to accept the needs of others

Communication and Language/ Philosophy for Children

Children will be:

listening to others in conversations and small groups

learning to understand and follow adult instructions

using talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next

recalling past experiences, putting events in the correct order

thinking about and responding to P4C questions and enquiries

Physical Development

Children will be:

moving safely and freely, with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways

drawing lines and circles using gross motor movements

using one-handed tools and equipment, practising a thumb and two-finger grasp when necessary

learning to attend to their toileting needs most of the time themselves

washing and drying their hands with increasing independence

Specific areas (these four areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society)

Literacy

Reading

Children will be:

taking part in rhyming and rhythmic activities

developing awareness of rhyme and alliteration

listening to and joining in with stories and poems

joining in with repeated refrains and anticipating key events and phrases in rhymes and stories

Writing

Children will be:

beginning to give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

Mathematics

Numbers

Children will be:

reciting numbers in order to 10

beginning to match numerals and quantities correctly

beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures

Space, Shape and Measures

Children will be:

playing with and arranging shapes e.g. when using construction toys, beginning to talk about the shape of everyday objects

Understanding the World

 Children will be:

remembering and talking about their own experiences

talking about their observations

developing an understanding of growth and changes over time

talking about why things happen and how things work

showing an interest in technological toys and showing skill in making toys work

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will be:

exploring and learning about how sounds and colours can be changed

singing familiar songs and rhymes

responding to music with movement

exploring a range of art media

engaging in role play

building stories around toys

using imagination in dance, music, role play, art and design

 

We will be setting up an online learning journal (called Tapestry) for every child which we will use to track, record, assess and share with you significant learning experiences that your child has had, using comments, photographs and video. Parents/carers will be able to access their own child's journal using a secure password. 

It's great working with you and your wonderful children.

Sarah 

 

 

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