Welcome to all the new children, parents and carers! The children have had a great start and we are all getting to know each other very well.
The following is a summary of our learning this term. This information is for you to support your child’s learning at home and to give you an idea of what your child is up to in class as they are very likely, when questioned, to say ‘nothing’ or ‘playing’! This is only a rough guide because many of our activities are child-led. We are guided by the ability and interests of the individual children in our class.
The first few weeks have been all about settling into the new class, rules and routines and getting to know each other. We have busy with our starting school assessments which will help us to plan the curriculum. We will send reading books home very soon.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children have been getting to know each other and together have made a Sandpipers ‘Safe and Happy Agreement’ which we have all agreed to. The children are working hard to make sure they are doing the right thing and working as a team in class. Through their play they are practising the skills of turn taking, sharing and listening and talking to others to develop an idea or theme.
The children are active every day. They will be using the large apparatus as well as a selection of the small apparatus like beanbags, hoops, bats and balls and skipping ropes. The children may talk about ‘finger gym’, this is the different activities we have to help develop their fine motor skills and includes things like threading, using tweezers, zipping or fastening etc.
Communication, Language and Literacy
We will soon be starting our daily phonics sessions beginning with the learning sounds and actions to support with this. The children will practise hearing the different sounds in a word and also practise blending sounds together. We will also look at the ‘tricky’ words during this session. The correct formation for each letter will be taught and we will practise writing our names too.
‘Show and Tell’ will begin soon. There will be a timetable to show which week is your child’s turn. There are no rules about what the children can or can’t bring in. The might choose special awards, toys, photos things they have created or anything else! Sometimes they like to bring in a bag containing a selection of things to show.
We will be focusing on numbers 1 – 10 and beyond and will be reciting numbers, counting objects, comparing and ordering numbers and using the language of more and less. We will use a number track to help us learn about the number system and how to solve adding and take away problems. The children will have opportunities to investigate using 2D and 3D shapes and we will also be using everyday language to describe size and weight.
Understanding of the World
We will be learning about different body parts, keeping healthy and how we have grown and changed from being a baby. We will be using the ‘espresso’ program on the computer to find out about Harvest and where our foods come from. The curriculum promotes active exploration and observation and we will use our senses to actively explore with things such as magnets and natural objects.
Expressive Art and Design
The children will attend a weekly music session with Mrs Wilson, in addition to this we will be singing rhymes and songs related to Harvest and ourselves. We are enjoying singing and dancing to the Boogie Beebies songs on the interactive whiteboard. The children will have many opportunities to experiment with lots of different types of media to create. They have already produced some lovely self-portraits, which are looking great as our first classroom display, as well as portraits in the style of the artist Joan Miro to go in the hall.
Please do not hesitate to come in for a chat if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs Watson and Mrs McLaren