It has been lovely this past couple of weeks getting to know your children and we have been impressed with how quickly this kind and close-knit team have settled into their new routines in the classroom and school. We have a big focus on learning through play and small group focus sessions. All our leaning is practical based allowing children to use concrete objects to explore and expand their knowledge. In school we encourage all our children to develop their skills to build relationships and become responsible, independent, resilient, collaborative and reflective in all they do. Our children are encouraged to accept mistakes as part of their learning journey and thrive when challenged.
This term we have a whole school theme of ‘What a Journey!’ that shapes the curriculum we provide for the children’s learning and development.
Class 1 will be exploring this theme through ‘ Our Journey’ as the children learn and discover what makes them and their families unique and diverse. They will also investigate ‘harvest’ and the journey of farming methods from the past right up to the modern machinery used today. As well as sharing the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem as part of our learning of different cultures and religions, we will also learn about the Jewish festival of Sukkot and the Hindu festival of Diwali.
From September 2021, all early years providers in England must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework 2021 and Development Matters Non-Statutory Guidance 2021
The key aims of the reforms are to:
As a school we have purchased a new phonics program called Read, Write, Inc and over the next few weeks will be introducing your child to the single letter sounds of the alphabet together with some tricky and common high frequency words that we call ‘RED’ words and blend sounds to read and write FRED (green) words which they could tackle independently. . They will be encouraged to hold their pencil using the correct grip and shown how to form their letters correctly. We will also support their development of reading by focusing on their skills for developing inference (predicting, clarifying, questioning, summarising), such as ‘how a character might be feeling or why a character may have carried out a particular action’. We provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your continued support reading with your child as often as possible. This can be through hearing your child read the books we send home, using and sharing books from the library or reading stories to them at home.
Our aim is to provide your child with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and to build a sense of enjoyment, awe and wonder for the subject. With the support of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) we are using their educational videos to introduce number. There will also be an emphasis on understanding the ‘counting principles’ as a foundation to early calculation. More information on the ‘counting principles’ will be provided during our Phonics and Mathematics Parent Workshop this term and under ‘Parents Information’ on our website.
Please use the link below to explore related activities and games that will support your child with their understanding.
We have Wild Tribe, Dance and/or Yoga on a Tuesday afternoon and P.E. and French on Thursday afternoons. Please can children have their P.E. kits with them on these days. We have a tray for drinks in the classroom and encourage children to drink water often. We have been pleased to note that their drinks bottles contain only water and that the children have adapted well to refilling these from the resources in school.
We aim to capture some of your child’s learning through photographs which will share with you, as they not only provide a record of your child’s learning, but they are a fantastic memory of your how your child spends their time in school. Some of these will be part of their Learning Journey Record, along with other evidence from school and home.
WOW cards are available to celebrate the steps your child has made in their learning at home and we love to hear and share them with the class.
Research has shown that Homework teaches children vital skills such as the developing independence, resilience and self-discipline. It also encourages children to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task. In Class 1, in addition to reading with your child, they will receive some Phonics and Mathematics activities for you to support your child’s learning development at home. This will allow you to have an active role in their child’s education and help you to evaluate your child’s progress in partnership with the school.
‘Cultural Capital’ in Class 1 starts from a position of celebrating our unique children. We aim to help and support them to build the confidence and communication skills that they need to speak up for themselves and to grasp the opportunities that await them. In addition, we appreciate and celebrate the cultural environment of our school in a rural setting in the South West of England but also plan for other experiences by celebrating festivals from other religions to teach them about tolerance and diversity, preparing them to be future citizens of England. Through our ‘awe and wonder – big question’ every week we aim to provide opportunities for them to explore and expand on key themes and ideas that will enhance the knowledge that they need to be educated citizens in the 21st Century.
Our class bear is called Bobby and he will visit your home one weekend and returned Monday ready to share his amazing experiences with the rest of the class. ‘Show and Tell’ bags are also handed out on a Wednesday for our ‘Show and Tell’ session on a Thursday where children can share memories or objects that mean something to them.
If your child is receiving additional support for their learning outside of their lessons, they will bring home an ‘Outline of Support’ slip which will explain to you the area they are having support with and what their focus/target is, together with suggested activities you can do at home to help them. Many children receive additional support at different times throughout their school lives and this is nothing to be worried about. We are giving them an extra boost to help them and any extra you can do at home will aid that. However, if you are concerned or would like further clarification, please do not hesitate in making an appointment to see me. I am always happy to meet parents to discuss their child’s well-being or learning.
Your child’s happiness is of upmost importance to us and we want every child in our class to feel safe, happy and secure. If there are ever any worries, questions or concerns, please do make an appointment to see us or call the office to speak to us. We will always work with you to ensure your child’s happiness and well being.
Mrs Michelle Batstone (Class Teacher) Mrs Laura Beer (Class Teacher)
Miss Becky Steward (Teaching Assistant)