Year R

Friday 19th January 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

A belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a fantastic festive season. Now we are back and well in the swing of our new term. So far this half term we have already enjoyed ‘Health’ week which focused the children’s learning on how to stay healthy, safe and keep our minds and bodies fit and active. The children enjoyed visiting the ‘Life Bus’ where they met Harold the Giraffe who got them thinking about ways to be healthy and happy.  We have now begun a two week focus on Little Red Riding Hood which will then lead into ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ where we will be building up to Pancake Day. The children will look at instructions on making pancakes and the recipe and ingredients needed. They will then write their own shopping lists before we head off on a trip down to Waitrose where the children will be able to buy the ingredients needed to make their own pancakes the next day.  We will then learn about Chinese New Year before half term is upon us! What a busy few weeks! Our topic following half term will be ‘Pole to Pole’.

Reading

We continue to enjoy sharing your children’s books with them at school and reading together once a week individually, and on other occasions as a group.  We are becoming concerned that many children are not having the opportunity to share their books regularly at home, and are therefore not developing their confidence to use the new sounds they are learning.  This year is an extremely important year for your child and will set them up to be confident life-long learners. It is important that we work together to support and develop their skills so they are prepared and ready for Year 1 and beyond.

Our aim is for the children to foster a love of reading and to be confident readers so we equally value time spent sharing and reading books as well as practicing key words at home.  We would encourage you to aim for 5 times a week so the children develop confident conversational skills about their books which will in turn develop their reading skills and word recognition. The expectation is that the children reach the top of the rainbow by the end of Year R and know all the pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red words.  

Thank you for your support

Encouraging independence with self-help skills at home is a fantastic way to support your child so that they can manage more confidently at school. Alongside encouraging them to dress and undress independently, please now encourage your child to begin to take more responsibility for their own belongings. Remembering to bring their water bottle, coat and book bag each day contributes to a successful day at school.  Please tell your child if there is a letter in their book bag for our attention. As you can appreciate we do not have the spare time to check book bags daily so it would be extremely helpful if children could pass information on to us independently. This will be something which is expected of them in year one so let’s start practicing now J

We are pleased with how smoothly the transition into school each morning has become since September. The children confidently come up the path and into class and with the blue gate being shut it makes the pathway much clearer for this to happen. Please can we ask that once the children start walking up the path that you wait on the bottom playground until the blue gate opens up again. The path is becoming congested with parents following children up the path and the back of the line is being lost behind adults.  Thank you in advance for your support with this matter.

Yummy Pancakes

On Tuesday 6th February the children will be making and tasting their own pancakes. The ingredients will be flour, eggs, milk, lemon juice and sugar. Please speak to one of the Early Years Team if you have any questions or concerns about this activity.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is on Friday 16th February which is during half term.  We are therefore going to spend time learning about this celebration in the few days leading up to the half term break. During this time we will create our own Chinese restaurant role play, try our skills using chop sticks, enjoy creating lion masks, dragon heads and dancing to music, learn about the animals of the Chinese New Year and the story of ‘The Great Race’. We will also enjoy some food tasting, details to follow.

If you have any questions please do come and speak to us,

Yours sincerely

Miss Saunders              Mrs Osmond                      Mrs Brown

Dates to Remember;

Monday 5th February – Year R walk to Waitrose

Tuesday 6th February – Pancake Making!

Friday 9th February – Break up for half term

Early Years Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2017

Our next exciting topic is ‘London’s Burning’. During this short topic the children will continue to explore the 7 areas of learning through a variety of interactive and stimulating activities.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Speaking, Listening and Attention

The children will continue to learn a sound a day through Phase 2 phonics. They will begin to develop their understanding of, and ability to, segment and blend using the sounds they have learnt so far.  Remember to use the sound cards being sent home each week to make words (sat, pin, at, in, sit). Encourage your child to sound out the words.

The children will need to listen to follow instructions when making salt dough bread in our role play bakery.  They will be encouraged to talk about the process and relay the instructions to their friends.

Reading

The children will continue to choose two books a week to share at home.  In class we will be sharing a variety of fiction and non-fiction books related to the story of the Great Fire of London, light, heat, firemen and bonfire night.

If your child has any topic related books at home which they would like to bring in to share please feel free to send them in (please name them clearly).

Writing

As the children develop their confidence and curiosity in mark making they will be encouraged to record their ideas by sequencing and retelling the story of the ‘Great Fire of London’, writing a recipe and instructions for making bread, recording ideas based on their senses, and signs and labels for their models. The children will also continue to be encouraged to make marks in many different ways through painting, messy play and child initiated ideas.

 Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring media and materials

The children will have the opportunity to use develop their creative flare by designing and creating a junk model house, and buildings to create ‘London’. They will also explore colouring mixing and collaging using a variety of materials.

Creating Music and Dance

The children will sing a variety of songs including ‘London’s Burning’. They will move to music and use scarfs to replicate the dancing flames of fire!

Being Imaginative

The outside role play builder’s yard will be an opportunity to use their imagination for construction and developing models in larger scale! Meanwhile we will continue to follow the children’s interests in our indoor role play corner.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

We will create a large collage of the scene during the Great Fire of London. For this the children will need to use scissors to cut paper, their fingers to rip tissue paper and use other tools for manipulating materials.  While making salt dough bread they will roll, knead, and stir the dough to create various shapes and details in their loaves.  During ‘Funky Fingers’ the children will continue to have the opportunity to develop their fine and gross motor skills. They will continue to practice tracing pre-writing patterns as we move through the programme, participate in dough gym and many independent activities involving cutting, hole punching, sticking etc.

 Health and Self Care

We will discuss fire safety and what that means to us at school and at home. The children will think about people who help us and the role of a fireman / lady.  We will also discuss safety in the classroom and how to use and transport tools and equipment safely. During road safety week the children will go on a local area walk to practice crossing roads safely.

Indoor PE

The children will continue to develop their body control and co-ordination through balancing games, climbing apparatus, stop and start warm up games and yoga. They will create movement to music and use scarves to dance about like flames in a fire.

Understanding the World

People and Communities

We will talk about and explore the role of a fireman / lady and talk about people who help us.  We will talk about who else helps us and how our Mummies, Daddies and teachers and other staff in school help us.

The World

The children will learn the story of ‘The Great Fire of London’. They will look at pictures of London in 1666 and compare it to pictures of the present day. They will talk about their experience of visiting London or of our local area where we live. We will touch briefly on what homes are made of and the different materials we can identify in our environment.

Technology

The children will use technology to enhance their learning through a variety of computer games and apps on the iPad. They can record their ideas and achievements with the photo app and use 2Simple to explore building and designing houses.

Mathematics

Calculating

Through a variety of activities the children will continue to practise ordering and recognising numbers to 10 and then to 20. We will begin to discuss addition and solve problems by adding two groups of objects together. Can your child practice this at home by finding two groups of objects and counting them altogether?

Shape, Space and Measure

The children will work collaboratively to create a ‘London’s Burning’ silhouette by drawing around shapes and using them to create buildings. They will identify and name 2D shapes and discuss their properties, comparing them to others.

The children will continue to learn the days of the week and use this knowledge to sequence the events of the ‘Great Fire of London’ chronologically.

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Circle Time

We will recap and revise our Class charter, talk about being kind and sharing with our friends and how to make the right choices. We will reflect on how we felt when we first started school in order to empathese with and support other members of the class. The children will continue to play together and support each other in their learning and developing interests.

Our new role play corner will be the Pudding Lane bakery where the children can follow instructions to make their own salt dough bread and act out the story of the ‘Great Fire of London’.

Trips / Visitors

Road Safety Walk – Friday 24th November. Please let us know if you are available to help out with this event.

Useful Dates;

Monday 20th November – Road Safety Week

Tuesday 21st November – Parents Evening Meetings

Thursday 23rd November – Parents Evening Meetings

Friday 24th November – Year R Be Bright Be seen Road Safety Walk

Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair 3.30pm

Thursday 21st December – Year R Nativity Show 9.15am

Early Years Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2017

Now the children have settled in so well they are ready to begin exploring new ideas and learning through various ‘topics’. Our first focus this year will be ‘GO WILD’ where we will play, learn and explore the Early Years Curriculum through a variety of animal related activities!

Communication, Language and Literacy

Speaking, Listening and Attention

After half term the children will begin learning a sound a day through Phase 2 phonics. This will happen in 20 minute session each day. We will also be playing lots of sound and listening games including ~ What sounds do animals make?

~ What sounds do animals begin with (Sssssnake, mmmmonkey) and using sound boxes to identify objects beginning with each sound. See if you can identify objects at home and what sound they begin with.

Reading

The children will continue to take home two books a week books to share at home.  We will be sharing a variety of animal related books in class such as Rumble in the Jungle, Selfish Crocodile, Handa’s Surprise, ‘Going on a Lion Hunt’, Elmer, Monkey Puzzle, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, One child one seed. We will share big books and stories with class and also enjoy discussions in smaller key person groups.  If your child has any topic related books at home which they would like to bring in to share please feel free to send them in (please name them clearly).

Writing

The children will continue to have a go at recording their ideas. They will record what they saw while on a safari animal hunt, create animal fact files describing the animals, make WANTED posters for missing animals and Thank You cards for our Mummies. The children will also continue to be encouraged to make marks in many ways through painting, messy play and child initiated ideas.

 Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring media and materials

The children will have the opportunity to explore animal patterns, paint animals, make paper plate animal masks, create ‘Elmer’ patterns on elephants, make binoculars and cameras with junk modelling materials, explore African mud painting, colour mixing, dot painting and much more.

Creating Music and Dance

We will make up our own movement to music while listening to ‘The Circle of Life’ and explore how animals move in different ways. We will make up our own dance to perform to our Pre-School friends.  The children will enjoy singing a variety of songs and nursery rhymes, while being encouraged to identify rhyming words (We’re going to the zoo, The animals went in 2 by 2, Row, Row, Row your Boat,  5 Little Monkeys).

Being Imaginative

Our new role play corner is currently a jungle animal rescue centre which will evolve to include the children’s ideas and interests.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

During ‘Funky Fingers’ the children will have the opportunity to develop their fine and gross motor skills. They will practice tracing pre-writing patterns, participate in dough gym and many independent activities like threading, stretching elastic bands onto sticks, using tweezers to place pomp oms and marbles onto mats etc. They will use tools to create cone animals and masks

Health and Self Care

We will discuss healthy eating, fruit and vegetables and enjoy reading Handa’s Surprise. The children will have the opportunity to try some of these fruits and discuss whether they like it or not.

Indoor PE

The children will continue to develop their body control and co-ordination through balancing games, climbing apparatus, stop and start warm up games and yoga. They will create a dance to ‘The Circle of Life’, moving like animals.

Understanding the World

People and Communities

After reading Monkey Puzzle we will discuss what our Mummies look like and what they do for us?

The World

We will learn where do animal live and what are their homes like compared to ours? They will also learn to name and identifying animals and talk about their similarities and differences.

~ Forest Day – The children will experience a day outside and participate in a variety of activities to celebrate autumn.

  • Clay animals
  • Leaf Lions
  • Story in the woods
  • Natural colour matching
  • Autumn Hunt / photography

Technology

The children will use technology to drawing and decorating animals on the computer / iPad, create safari pictures on Simple City and take ‘autumn’ photos.

Mathematics

Calculating

Through a variety of activities the children will practise ordering and recognising numbers to 10 and then to 20, counting animals, adding animals together, how many animals can you see? We will share counting books like ‘One child one seed’. c

Shape, Space and Measure

The children will be encouraged to make shape animals, use large construction to build animal dens, measure snakes and compare the size and height of animals. They will go on an animals hunt and use positional language to talk about where the are animals hiding.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Circle Time

We will recap and revise our Class charter, talk about being kind and sharing with our friends, focusing on the book,  ‘The Selfish Crocodile.’ The children will enjoy participating in our Zen Den – mindfulness sessions where they learn to calm and relax their bodies in order to make good choices and think clearly for themselves about body and mind.

Trips / Visitors

We may get a visit from the selfish crocodile, watch out for him!

Useful Dates;

Monday 30th October – INSET DAY

Monday 6th November -SPLAT session for current Year R parents 2.30-3pm

Monday 20th November – Road Safety Week

Tuesday 21st November – Parents Evening Meetings

Thursday 23rd November – Parents Evening Meetings

Friday 24th November – Be Bright Be seen Road Safety Walk

Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair 3.30pm

Thursday 21st December – Year R Nativity Show 9.15

 

 

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