Welcome to our Early Years page!
Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
In our Early Years Unit, you will find:
Mrs K Williams – Early Years Teacher & Assistant Head Teacher (Maternity leave from Nov 18)
Mrs Sefton- Early Years Teacher
Miss H Williams – Early Years Teacher
Ms Frazer – Support staff
Mrs Bolland – Support staff
Below are the monthly newsletters which give you a more in depth update on what is happening in our classroom. These will be added at the end of each month.
Our Summer topic is “Growing and New Life”
This term the children are reading different versions of the story “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The children are discuss similarities and differences between the book and deciding which story they like best. So far we have read the following versions:
We are going to read these versions in the following weeks:
If you see these books in the Library, take them home and read them again to your children.
This topic also teaches the children all about “planting” and “life cycles”. So far the children have learnt all about the Life Cycle of a frog, and thanks to Miss Frazer’s, have saw this life cycle play out in real life. Last week the children were looking at how the eggs spawn has now turned into tadpoles. Keep checking in as pictures will be uploaded soon.
The children have also learnt the Life Cycle of a Bean Plat (links to Jack and the Beanstalk) and have all planted their very own bean. The children have learnt that the bean plant needs: soil, water and sunshine to help it grow. We are observing them each day and waiting to see a tiny shoot. Keeping checking back as pictures will be uploaded soon.
“We love Phonics”
The children have worked really hard all year to improve their reading and writing skills. This term are main focus is learning our final three phase three sounds:
ear air ure
Learning how to read and write phase 2 and phase 3 tricky words.
I my the go no into
he be are she was my we you her me all
Don’t forget to practice these at home!!
“Mad about Maths”
This term we are concentrating on recognising, writing and ordering numbers from 0 – 20, adding and subtracting numbers up to 10 and also learning how to double and half numbers up to 10. This is very tricky maths work so practicing at home is really important to help you child embed their classroom learning.
The children are also learning how to recognise 3D shapes and compare them to 2D shapes they learnt last term.
Our Spring Topic is “WINTER”
Our new topic for this term is Winter, we have been learning all about the different things that happen in winter, such as the changes to the weather!
As a part of our topic we have been reading books such as Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara and The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson.
Ask your child to tell you all about the stories and what happens to Jack Frost and the Gruffalo’s child!
Ready, steady…get your wellies!
We are fortunate to have a lovely outdoor area where our children can express themselves physically and investigate our natural world. There are opportunities for the children to explore their immediate environment by searching for mini-beasts, making mud pies or participating in water play. The children are encouraged to discover new things and they are provided with plenty of opportunities to talk about what they have found. As a result of this, our children begin to develop the key skills that they need in order to be competent and capable explorers and learners. These opportunities also support development in our prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.
We are learning how to read and write!
Alongside these fabulous play opportunities, the children in Reception are starting to become fabulous readers and writers through learning phonics. We spend some time each day learning phonics and we use our phonetic knowledge when we are playing to help us read and write as we go. We sometimes send out ‘Super Sounds’ homework and we encourage parents to support their child with this.
This term we have been consolidating all of our sounds and tricky words before moving onto more sounds with 2 letters in them. Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning about words containing the sounds:
ai ee oo oa
Perhaps you could encourage your child to think of some words containing these sounds.
Children in Nursery also take part in learning phonics that is planned for them at their individual level. This journey starts with focusing on our listening skills. The children take part in listening walks, singing nursery rhymes and starting to identify rhyme and alliteration.
We love maths too!
We also dedicate special time to mathematics and the children love going to Magic Maths Island each day. Maths sessions are tailored around the children’s next steps. We love to explore the mathematical concepts of shape, space and measures through lots of exciting real life experiences such as baking, water and sand play. Children are encouraged to explore the similarities and differences in the shapes and amounts that they see and find in the world around them. We have so much fun doing lots of active maths activities such as counting as we jump, hop or clap and enjoy lots of engaging small group activities to promote mathematical development as we play. We love to give the children maths challenges!
This term in our maths work, we have been focusing on ‘one more’ (e.g. 1 more than 4 is 5) and ‘one less’ (e.g. 1 less than 7 is 6). We have also been focusing on height and length. We have had lots of fun measuring our hands, how tall we are and how long we are if we lay down. We have been using key words (long, short, tall and small) to describe the things we have been measuring.
Snowy weather day
If school is ever closed due to bad weather, don’t worry about being bored! We have lots of challenges for you to complete with your child. When you come back to school, bring some examples of your work to show us!