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. We started using these texts last year and they really did inspire the children. As a result, we noticed a distinct improvement in our end of year assessments.Thank you to all those parents who have uploaded either a photograph, video or a comment onto your child's online learning journal; we enjoy sharing them in class. It would be helpful if you could make at least one comment on your child's page, so that we know the system is working effectively. If you need help in doing this, please do come and ask. If you do not have access to the internet at home, you are more than welcome to come into school to view your child's page. Please let a member of the Foundation Stage team know, so that we can arrange this for you.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 therm strategies to use to deal with various feelings.LiteracyThis area involves reading and writingOur core text this half term is 'Here Comes Frankie' by Tim Hopgood. The main character of the book is a boy called, Frankie. Frankie decides that the extremely quiet life he leads with his parents needs livening up and he acquires a trumpet. As he learns to play, he discovers that he can see and smell sounds conjured by the music as well as hear them and this awakening of the senses extends to his parents and neighbours too. This is demonstrated visually through colours and patterns in the illustrations and the book begins and ends with palette pages on which each colour is evocatively named.This book allows children to put themselves inside the story and empathise with characters and their issues and dilemmas
We will continue with our phase four phonics. This involves using and applying all previously taught sounds, reading common words by sight and being able to spell some of them accurately in our writing. Your child should be engaging in as many different writing activities as possible. Please feel free to add photos to your child's learning journal.Please continue to help your child learn the common sight words. MathematicsThis area involves learning Numbers and Shape space and measure.There will be a big focus on recognising and ordering all numbers to 20. Your child will also need to understand the value of each number e.g. 15 counters are needed for the number 15. We will begin to introduce the children to some open ended maths problems. Playing various board games with your child at home will help them to develop skills such as adding, taking away, finding numbers one more than or one less than. We have blank games' boards and will be encouraging the children to devise their own maths games, using a range of resources. This provides the children with the opportunity to explore these concepts and talk about them with others. We will be doing some simple addition and subtraction sums and talking about the strategies we have used to work out the answer. Opportunities for recording these sums in a variety of different ways, will help deepen your child's understanding.Understanding the WorldThis area involves learning about People and communities, The world and-technology. Through our text, we will be thinking about other people and how they live. We will explore different feelings that people have and how they respond to their feelings within their own home.Expressive arts and designThis area involves learning about Media and materials, and Being imaginativeThrough our core text, we will be exploring colour and pattern. We will look at man made patterns as well as patterns in nature. We will also explore texture and shape, looking at and making collages.We will be responding to music through dance and looking at various musical instruments, particularly the trumpet.R.E.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach teach R.E.
Topic seven - Good News
Through this topic, we will explore what good news in and how we receive good news in our daily lives. We will then look at Pentecost and learn that this is the celebration of the Good News of Jesus.
.Topic Eight - Friends of Jesus
Through this topic, we will explore the different friendships we have made and the things we do with our friends. We will then begin to look at the friends of Jesus.
Topic Nine - Our World
Through this topic we will explore what we love and wonder about our world and think about how God gave us this wonderful world.
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.
Morning drop off
Children are able to come into class from 8.40 am but MUST be here by 8.50 am. Please bring your child around the side of the school and into the big playground, where a member of the EYFS team will greet you and send your child into class. Please make sure your child arrives on time; even being five minutes late can be very unsettling for your child.
Children need to bring a coat to school as we spend a great deal of time outside. We are lucky enough to have a fabulous mud kitchen outside, so please bear this in mind when deciding which coat to send them in! If you want to provide your child with a waterproof jacket, trousers and wellington boots,it would take the worry out of making too much mess!
Once the warmer weather starts, please apply sun cream to your child BEFORE they come to school. All children are expected to bring a sun hat to school each day.
Please ensure that on P.E. day your child is wearing clothes that they can manage easily themselves e.g. no pinafore dresses. You can help us by encouraging your child to dress and undress themselves, put on and fasten coats, gloves etc. as this will speed things up greatly for us, bearing in mind that there are thirty children in the class! All children need to have their PE kit in school at all times.
Please could ALL uniform be clearly labelled with your child’s full name and class – this includes vests, socks, tights, shoes etc. If your child comes home with someone else’s uniform please could you return this as soon as possible. We still have many children in uniform that is not named. If you have written your child’s name in their uniform, please check it regularly as it washes out. Please encourage your child to take some responsibility for their own things and ask them to look for their own name before they put something on!
Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress by themselves. At this time of year the children especially need to be confident about putting on and taking off coats, jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves.
How to help at home
Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress by themselves. At this time of year the children especially need support in taking jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves on and off.
You can also continue to 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 so far. 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.