The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven 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. The first CLPE text we will be reading is called 'The Story Machine' by Tom McLaughlin. We will also read 'Croc and Bird' by Alexis Deacon and 'Yucky Worms' by Vivian French.LiteracyThis area involves reading and writing (phonics)We have now taught all of the phase 2 sounds in phonics, which we will constantly recap as well as teach the sounds in phase 3..
A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, qu
Consonant digraphs: sh, ch, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa
Vowel digraphs: oo, ar, or
Vowel digraphs: ur, ow, oi
Vowel digraphs: ear, air, ure, er
Children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds b-oa-t to make the word boat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word ship from a small selection of magnetic letters.Please check our Google Classroom pages for more phonics information uploaded weekly. Every Friday we will send home worksheets of the sounds we have been learning that week for your child to practise their letter formation. These sheets do not need to be returned to school. Please encourage your child to use the sounds they know to write simple words.Our aim is to develop a love of reading; we will be sharing lots of stories in class and discussing what has happened in the story in the beginning, middle and end, how the characters are feeling, where the story takes place etc. To begin with, we will use picture books to tell stories. The aim is for your child to develop their speaking skills and be able to tell a story based on the pictures.Your child will bring reading books for you to share at home each week. This will consist of one reading scheme book and one library book (this is subject to change). In class, your child will read with an adult once a week. It is important that your child has a minimum of ten minutes reading time a day and that they are hearing adults read to them. 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. Our role play areas inside and outside play an important part in developing children's communication and language skills. We will change these areas depending on children's interests and needs. For example having a home corner, hairdressers, cafe, police station etc.When talking to your child please encourage them to speak in full sentences, rather than giving one or two word answers.
Communication Activities: Please click on the link below for suggested activities and games that you can play with your child to develop the important skill of communication.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. To help develop children's handwriting we are focusing on developing their core strength. To do this we will be using the play village and outdoor climbing frames to develop our muscles which will help children when writing. We will also continue to practice the correct letter formation. Please look at the rhyme on the phonics sheets we sent home. Please speak to your children and ask them what they have been doing in their handwriting lessons.
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.How to help at home: Here is a link to a website that helps teach handwriting https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/teach-handwriting-parents.html Personal and Social DevelopmentThis area involves developing Self-confidence and awareness, Feelings and behaviour and Making relationships.
We 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.
We will cover these areas:
- Geometry and spatial thinking: Shapes with 4 sides and combining shapes.
- Measurement – time (days of the week, months of the year, birthdays), using a timer to record scores.
- Introducing zero
- Comparing numbers to 5
- Composition of 4 & 5
- Compare Mass
- Compare Capacity
- Focussing on numbers 6, 7 & 8
- Making pairs Combining 2 groups
- Length & Height
- Comparing numbers to 10
- Numbers bonds to 10
It is really important that children understand the value of each number so counting socks, helping set the table for dinner whilst counting the number of plates, forks etc are good ways of making maths fun!Understanding the WorldThis area involves learning about People and Communities, The World and Technology.Children will have access to a variety of technology resources such as light boxes, cameras, Ipads/tablets, recordable devices etc which they can use independently to extend their learning.
Children will have the opportunity to visit the ICT suite to access a variety of computer programs to extend their learning. We will also be teaching children about E-safety and how to stay safe online. Parents will play a very important part in supporting children with this. We will carry out scientific investigations in class and talking about how and why things happen. 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, singing and using various musical instruments.R.E.
We follow the 'Come and See' scheme of work to teach teach R.E. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.
The topics we will be covering in the Spring term are as follows;
Topic 4: Celebrating
The children will discover what a celebration is, the elements of a celebration and how people celebrate. They will discuss how the parish family celebrates and listen to the story of when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple.
Topic 5: Gathering
The children will talk about times when we gather together and how this makes us feel. We will then look at how the parish family gathers together at mass and the joy of gathering to listen to God’s word.
Topic 6: Growing
The children will recognise growth in nature and discover the ways in which things grow. They will then learn about Lent and how it is a time to grow more like Jesus. We will focus on the events of Good Friday and celebrating Easter.
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 uniform, including coats and water bottles need to be clearly named.
Can all parents and carers look at the school uniform list and make sure that your child has the correct items of clothing. Please note that children should have school shoes and not boots or trainers. Also, anyone who has long hair, must have it tied up in school. If they do not then we will get a hair band and tie it up for them.
Please encourage your child to dress, undress, feed and use the toilet independently as this will also help them hugely in school.
Tapestry is an online learning journal to show your child's learning journey and development in their Reception year. You will be able to access this from home in order to look at photographs, videos and notes following your child's time at school. Please check this regularly.
Both Reception classes have their own Google Classroom page where we will upload Maths, Literacy, Phonics and some Home Learning tasks. This is a platform for remote learning if your child or class are self-isolating.
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.
- Practice 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.
- Play I Spy with your child (good for identifying initial sounds)
- Phonics website for games: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
- Watch Alphablocks and discuss the episodes
- Watch Numberblocks and discuss the episodes