The EYFS curriculum is divided into six different learning areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal and Social Development, Literacy ( Reading, Writing), Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.We use high quality core texts, recommended by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), to support our learning across all areas of the curriculum. We work with each text for approximately three weeks, before moving on to the next one. This replaces the old 'topic work' we used to do. LiteracyThis area involves reading and writingOnce the children have settled in to school and we have completed our baseline assessments we will begin to look at our first CLPE text. This will be a familiar story to the children which they will be able to identify once they see the characters from the story. We will explore and interpret stories through create activities including play, art, drama and drawing.
To encourage a love of reading the children will have the opportunity to bring home a book from our class library. Once we have started learning our phonics we will send home books from the schools reading scheme. We will keep you updated with the sounds that we have been learning each week so you can continue to support your child at home.
The children will change their reading books twice a week and will be read with by an adult so please make sure your child has their book bag and reading books in every day. Communication and languageThis area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.We will be placing a big emphasis on using language in the classroom. We will be encouraging the children to develop their speaking skills through a wide range of activities across the curriculum and modelling language and vocabulary as they play. Sharing stories and songs at home will also help them to develop their language skills. As your child plays and you play with them, model the use of language and introduce new words. A great deal of our language work will be linked to the texts we will be using. Physical Development This area involves developing Moving and handling and Health and self-care.We have PE on a Friday morning, with a specialist PE teacher. Alongside this, we will be developing fine and gross motor skills through a range of activities. Activities such as play dough, using tweezers, hammers etc will develop your child's fine motor skills, which is essential for developing a good writing grip. We use our wonderful outside area to develop gross motor skills using a wide range of apparatus. We use the climbing equipment, bicycles, hoops, sandpit etc.Personal and Social DevelopmentThis area involves developing Self-confidence and awareness, Feelings and behaviour and Making relationshipsWe will focus on developing good relationships with the other children and staff, through various games and whilst facilitating play. We will also be encouraging your child to talk about how they feel and giving them strategies to use to deal with various feelings.MathematicsThis area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.Once the children have settled into school and we have completed our baseline assessments our focus will be to investigate matching and sorting objects. We will be using the vocabulary of 'same', exactly the same' and 'different' and will be encouraging the children to explain how their reasons. We will also be looking at numbers to 5. Understanding the WorldThis area involves learning about People and communities, The world and-technology. Each week we will be carrying out a scientific investigation in class and talking about how and why things happen. We will also be using our local area to visit the wooded areas around Muswell Hill and see first hand how our natural environment changes. We will use programmable toys such as Bee-bots and introduce technology in our role play. Expressive arts and designThis area involves learning about media and materials, and being imaginativeChildren will have the opportunity to use a range of media both inside and outside to be creative and imaginative. This will be through drawing, painting, junk modelling, using building blocks, tools and role play.We will be responding to music through dance, sing and using various musical instruments.After half term we will be attending fortnightly hymn practice sessions with our music teacher. R.E.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach teach R.E.
Topic 1: Myself
In this topic we will begin by recognising our own names and why names are important. We will then discuss how everyone is precious to God and how he knows everyone's name.
Topic 2: Welcome
In this topic we will begin by thinking about how we welcome each other. We will then move on to learning about how how we are welcomed in to God's family in Baptism.
Topic 3: Birthday
In this topic the children will talk about how they feel when they are waiting for and celebrating a birthday. We will then learn about the first Christmas and how people celebrate Jesus' birthday each year.
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
All children need to have a book bag in school every day, which are to be kept in their trays. We ask that no children bring back packs to school as we do not have the space available for them.
All uniform, including book bags, P.E. bags, coats and water bottles need to be clearly named. It would really help your child if you could show them where their name is and encourage them to look at it when they dress themselves, so that when we are changing for PE, they are able to put the correct uniform on!
Please encourage your child to dress, undress, feed and use the toilet independently as this will also help them hugely in school.
How to help at home
You can help your child's social and emotional development by:
- Talking with your child and encouraging your child to talk with other children and other adults.
- Encouraging and supporting your child to play cooperatively with other children.
- Regularly discussing with your child feelings and the consequences of different actions.
You can help your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:
- Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; visiting the local library and sharing stories with your child.
- Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
- Practise the letters and sounds learnt in school. You can also help by sounding out a three letter word (segmenting) using the sounds that they have learnt so far and asking your child to put them back together (blending) to make the word.
- Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.