What is my my child learning this term?
Things you need to know…
Each child in the Foundation Stage will be given a Home Learning Journal in the form of an ebook called “Tapestry” These books are designed to celebrate your child’s experiences at home. The journals will be shared in class on a weekly basis so please make sure that they are updated with home events too.
Children in Reception will be given a homework in their books that will provide parents with an idea of the learning that has been going on in the classroom and the types of things that you might like to explore with your children. We also encourage you to send in any work that they do at home to share family experiences or your child’s independent drawings etc.
It is really important that you read with your child every day. All children across the Early Years will receive a reading book and a reading record book. Your child’s teacher will add comments to the reading log regarding your child’s progress and areas of reading that they need to focus on. Please also take a moment to add a comment of your own to let us know how it’s going. The children are also welcome to take home a book from the class library on a daily basis and we would encourage you to become members of your local library to enjoy as many books as possible with your child.
Both children in Nursery and Reception will be given a new reading book once a week, which can be read together. We will be running information sessions for parents on how best to support their child’s reading progress, throughout the term and you will receive more information on this shortly.
If your child is in Reception they must have their PE kit. This includes a yellow T-shirt, black shorts/tracksuit bottoms and black plimsolls. This can be brought to school at the start of term – these will be sent home when they need to be washed.
It is essential that all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Also please make sure that your child brings in a spare change of clothes that can be kept in their bag. The children have access to sand, water and paint as well as other activities that can get messy. The children are encouraged to wear an apron for all these things, however accidents happen and therefore a change of clothes would be helpful. Also while we will make every effort to support your child to learn how to tie their laces, we would prefer children to wear shoes with Velcro because they can take their shoes on and off more easily and don’t trip over their untied laces
All About Me
This term in the Foundation Stage we will be concentrating on helping the children get to know one another and their new space, including how to use and look after the resources. We will also be exploring what makes us unique, how different things make us feel and what parts of the world our families come from.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Our work in PSED this term will be focused around feelings, what it feels like to be in a new place, with new people and how we can identify these different feelings. As mentioned we will be getting to know each other and our new space, and looking at how we can best look after all the resources and more importantly how we look after each other, to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy start to their life at school.
All the children in the foundation stage will have regular access to climbing and obstacle equipment, bikes, balls and other sports equipment across the term. The focus for both Nursery and Reception children will be movement and negotiating space independently and whilst using certain equipment. The children will also have access to daily construction and small-scale activities like threading and plasticine, designed to develop fine motor skills.
Lunchtime will also be a big focus for Reception, as this can often be a stressful time of the day. We will be talking about what happens at lunchtime, what food is in offer and helping the children understand the need to have a healthy lunch.
Communication and Language
Speaking and listening skills are key to a child’s progress at school. This term all the children will be given daily opportunities to listen to one another and share information about themselves and their experiences at home and at school. We will start by looking at all the wonderful family posters that the children have bought back into school, and sharing these in small groups. The children will also be given opportunities to listen and join in with a variety of stories, songs and rhymes.
The Reception children will become immersed in phonics this term as they begin to learn each of the sounds and the skills required to blend these together to read and write simple words. At every opportunity they will be given the opportunity to practice writing these sounds throughout the day in a variety of contexts, for example in the role play area.
In Nursery the children will be given opportunities to take notes, write messages and doodle in role play areas, as many children prefer to draw and write when they are in character. The children will also have the opportunity to find their name each day in order to self-register.
The children across the Early Years will be asking lots of questions in mathematics this term – why are numbers important? What can they tell us? When is my birthday? How many letters are there in my name? How tall am I? How can I work out if I am growing? What are our favourite things in the class, and how can we record these? Just to name a few! We will be learning lots of number rhymes and songs, using props and be encouraging lots of counting in playful contexts.
Understanding of the World
In the Early Years, our understanding of the world comes firstly from talking about our families to get a sense of community. We will be looking at how we have changed and comparing ourselves now to how we were as babies. The children will also get to experience a range of different materials throughout the term, to develop their language for describing the world around them. We will also be spending a lot of time in the school garden and helping to look after the chickens. ICT also forms a large part of our learning and the children will be encouraged to use the class iPad to take pictures of their experiences in the classroom, and share these with their peers.
Expressive Arts and Design
Introducing role play will be a big focus this term, as the adults model how to use the role play areas effectively. The children will have access to role play areas, in and out of the classroom. When children engage in role-play we observe some of their higher-level language and thinking.
The children in Reception will also be creating portraits of ourselves, using a variety of different medium – crayon, oil pastels, pencil as well as clay, loose parts and collage. Music will also form a large part of our days, as we begin to build a repertoire of new songs and rhymes, as well as explore different instruments and music from different cultures.
All the children will also have weekly music sessions with Mrs Pryce.
How parents can be involved in home learning
There are many ways that parents can be involved in their child’s learning – listen to your child read daily; help with home learning; ensure your child wears full school uniform and has PE kit in school; offer any expert help relevant to the topics; send in materials we can use for junk modelling; share “WOW” moments that you have with your child with their class teacher.
As mentioned we will also be running workshops throughout the term to provide information on how you can support your child’s progress in phonics and reading. More information on this will be provided shortly.
Nursery Curriculum Spring 2019 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Autumn 2018 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Summer 2018 | PDF
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Little Gems Curriculum Meeting Autumn 2017 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Autumn 2017 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Summer 2017 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Spring 2017 | PDF
Nursery Curriculum Autumn 2016 | PDF
Helping Your Child with Reading | PDF