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.LiteracyThis area involves reading and writing (phonics)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 CLPE text we will be reading is called 'Beware of the Crocodile' by Martin Jenkins.We will use this text to do cross-curricular activities. We will learn all about crocodiles; where they live, what they eat and how they behave!We will begin to teach phase 3 phonics while still revising phase 2 phonics. We will be focusing on two sounds a week and will send home handwriting sheets for the children to practise writing these letters.We will constantly recap and apply the sounds to write words, and continue to write sentences over the course of the term.
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 f-ee-t to make the word feet. They will also continue learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word wax from a small selection of magnetic letters.
Please encourage your child to use the sounds they know to write simple words and sentences. The expectation at the end of the Reception year is for children to write a short sentence independently. Remind your child to use a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words and a full stop or question mark at the end.
We will also be supporting your child to write sentences with capital letters at the beginning, and full stops at the end.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. We are also working on prediction skills based on the front cover, the title and prior knowledge. 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. 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, Attention, Understanding and Speaking skills.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. 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, 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 gross and fine motor skills. We have PE on a Friday, 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 this will help to 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 the muscles which will help children when writing. We will also continue to practice the correct letter formation.
We use our 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 Regulation, Managing Self and Building 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.
This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.
We will focus on matching and sorting, counting, comparing and making numbers to ten, one more, one less, exploring shapes, patterns, size, capacity, mass and positional language.
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!
The Numberblocks series is a good way to develop your child's mathematical understanding. Please click the link to access more information, videos and PowerPoints: https://www.ncetm.org.uk/classroom-resources/ey-numberblocks-series-3/
Understanding the WorldThis area involves learning about Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World. Children will explore the natural world around them, including visits to the Methodist Gardens, building up to visits to Coldfall Woods. Children will be encouraged to talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society. 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. Expressive Arts and DesignThis area involves Creating with Materials, and Being Imaginative and Expressive.Children 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: Celebrations
The children will be able to talk about their own experiences and feelings about celebrations they have been a part of and how the celebration was shared. They will understand what a celebration is and how the parish family celebrates.
Topic 5 Gathering:
In this topic the children will begin to to talk about times that they have gathered with others. They will understand how and why people gather together, and learn about the joy of gathering together to celebrate Mass.
Topic 6 Growing:
The children will begin to think about their own experiences of growing. They will understand that Spring is a time when things begin to grow. They will learn that Lent is a time to grow in love to be more like Jesus, and look forward to 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