Early Years Foundation Stage
In reception class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas enable us to plan your child’s learning and activities which we make sure are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside throughout the year. We therefore ask parents to provide wellies that can be left in school. Weather appropriate outer clothes are also essential.
We assess progress through observations and interacting with your child. These observations are recorded in learning journeys, which you can add to by providing observations from home. Please speak to the class teacher for further information.
What's happening this term in Brazil class?
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
During the children's first term, we will be spending a lot of time helping them to settle happily into school. We will be learning new routines and class rules. The children will be making new friends and developing their independence. We will help them to dress themselves independently for outdoor play and P.E. lessons, serve themselves at the snack table, take more responsibility for their belongings and take on small roles such as register monitor. We will be singing new songs and improving our listening skills on the carpet. It will be an exciting time for us all and we look forward to getting to know the children better.
We will spend a lot of time this term on our fine motor skills. We understand that every child is at a different stage of their development and will allow them to progress with their writing skills at an appropriate level. You can help at home by modelling how to use a pencil or other tools like scissors and providing opportunities for children to handle buttons, zips, play-dough etc... When the children are ready, we will focus on identifying letters in their own names and practise writing them. Support at home with this would be beneficial.
In reception class, our expectation is that children read at home every day. Each child will be given a reading record book for parents to comment in after they have read with their child. This book also acts as a means of communication between home and school. We will keep a record of how often your child reads at home and awards are presented throughout the year. Please keep this record book, along with their school reading book inside their home-school pack. This should be brought into school in their book bag each day.
We continue teaching phonics in reception, building upon their introduction to sounds and letters in Nursery. As we learn the phonemes at school, we will send home supporting materials so that you can help your child to practise at home. This will then lead on to key words being sent home for reading and writing practise.
The children will be looking at numbers in the environment and practising their counting skills. This will be through carpet sessions, small group activities and child initiated play. We will move on to adding groups of objects and taking away, sharing and writing numerals.
Shape, Space and Measure
We will learn about 2D and 3D shapes, money and time. A big part of this will involve using related vocabulary. A lot of our learning will take place through playing games.
P.E. will be with Mr Edwards the sports coach and will be held on a Monday or Wednesday dependant on the week. Please can you ensure that your child always has their full P.E. in school on Monday morning of each week so they do not miss out.
What's happening this term?
Week 1 (Week commencing 3rd September) 1:1 Parent -Teacher Meetings
Week 2 - Week 4 (10th-28th September) Staggered starts. Children attend half days. Morning sessions run 8.45am -11.30am. Afternoon sessions run 12.30pm-3.10pm
Week 5 (Week commencing 1st October) Children attend full-time from 8.45am -3.10pm.
Tuesday 23rd Oct- Parents Evening
Tuesday 23rd Oct- End of Term 1
Wednesday 24th October- TD day (Teacher training- school closed to children)