Autumn Term 2018
Here in Robins class we are excited for a first term jam packed full of learning!
Our first few weeks will be spent settling the children into the school. We will use this time to help them to learn the routines, become familiar with staff and most of all feel comfortable in their new environment. This is the children's opportunity to explore their new space and a chance for us to see what really interests and motivates them.
In the early years foundation stage we follow the Development Matters curriculum. This focuses on 7 key areas of learning; communication and language, physical development, numeracy, literacy, personal social and emotional development, expressive arts and design and understanding the world. Much of this learning is carried out through play and exploring, alongside guided groups with adults.
Towards the end of this half term we will begin a phonics programme. We will be following the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme and using Jolly phonics to learn our phase 2 and phase 3, and 4 sounds. We will be learning how to orally blend and segment sounds, to read and spell. Phonics sessions are fun and interactive. We will be practising reading and forming our letters in lots of different ways. Support in pronouncing the sounds, and phonics activities can be found under the 'About us' tab, 'curriculum' and then 'sounds and reading'. Please ask a member of the Early Years teaching team if you would like any additional support.
In maths we are working on consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 5, 10 and 20. We will start with ordering numbers up to 20 and down to 0. We will also look at our number formation and matching numbers to amounts. This will lead us to looking at 'more' and 'less/fewer'. We will also look at shape, space and measure.
Children in Robins and Wrens have access to the outdoor area together. This gives the children the opportunity to develop friendships with children in both classes. The children will be included in planning some of the provision for the outdoor area, as well as activities planned by the adults.
Our P.E day is on a Tuesday, however this could change without notice, therefore we ask that kit bags are brought in on a Monday morning and kept in school for the duration of the week. Your child's P.E kit needs to include shorts/jogging trousers, P.E t-shirt and plimsolls. It is important your child has the correct footwear for PE as we will go on the field when the weather is nice. Please remember to tie long hair back, and remove all jewellery, including earnings.
Please note- children should not be wearing any jewellery other than a watch and/or stud earrings, both of which will need to be removed for P.E. lessons, we are not permitted to remove a child’s earrings . Long hair also needs to be tied back.
In addition to their P.E kit, your child will also need the following each day:
A water bottle (no juice)
A healthy snack (fruit and vegetables only)
A bookbag - please do not carry fruit and water bottles in this as it damages the books if it leaks.
Packed lunch unless they are having school dinner
A ruck sack for your child's fruit and water bottle.
All of you child's personal belongings need to be clearly named.
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