Please ensure your child has P.E kit in school all the time. They should have a t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers but also a tracksuit as we frequently go outside - even in the winter months.
We will send library books home every week. Please ensure you return these books each week. The library books have a barcode in the inside cover and are books that you can share with your child.
Home reader books
We will be sending the home reader books home after half term. These books are for your child to read to you. Please help your child to talk about what they see in the pictures and as they become more familiar with sounds and letters to sound out small unknown words.
Please return these books every Tuesday. The children will then choose a new book and it will be returned to you on Thursdays.
Things to do at home folder
We will also be starting this after half term. It will be a weekly task to do at home. Please encourage your child to do it themselves. The task will be either a game, an activity to do altogether or practising something we have been learning at school.
Please return these folders every Friday.
Year R Curriculum Newsletter:
Autumn Term 2016
The first half term is a settling-in period where we get to know the children and they get to know us and become familiar with the routines and conforms of school. We carry out assessments of each child to produce a Baseline Assessment that can be used to plan the curriculum to meet their individual needs. The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided up into seven areas of learning. Here is a brief description of the work done in school within each area. We hope this information will help you to support your child’s learning at home.
Communication and Language
Children are given opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
We will focus on stories and rhymes. We will use discussion as a tool to clarify thoughts, ideas and feelings. Children will be encouraged to speak to the group as well as one-to-one. They will learn to take turns to speak and listen and respond to others.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
This includes outdoor play, which helps to develop skills such as balancing, climbing, throwing and catching. In PE we concentrate on using and exploring space and responding to simple commands and signals for starting and stopping. This area of development also includes fine motor control such as use of construction toys, jigsaws, beads, use of scissors and malleable materials such as clay and modelling tools. Milk, fruit time and cookery sessions provide opportunities to discuss healthy eating.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Activities are provided to help children develop friendships and to be able to cooperate and interact with others. These skills are developed through imaginative play and role play, games and stories. The children will be encouraged to consider other people and their feelings.
The children will be getting to know each other and developing friendships. We offer children the opportunity to see themselves as a valued individual through games and experiences. They will explore feelings while learning and putting into practice shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Initial letter sounds and correct letter formation will be taught and the children practise writing their name using a capital and lower case letters. The children will learn to read daily either individually, in groups or as a class.
We ask that you encourage them for a few minutes each day to read their home school reader.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and describing shapes, space, and measures.
This term the children will be developing their counting skills in a very practical way. They will be introduced to the appropriate mathematical language used in number and in describing shape and position. They will be encouraged to compare sizes and quantities and to recognise simple patterns. Playing dice and board games at home is a fun way to reinforce counting skills.
Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
During this term the children will be thinking about themselves and their own family. Much of this work is done through stories, role play and discussion. They will also be encouraged to observe changes in the seasons and weather changes. We will be looking at major festivals that fall within the Autumn term such as Diwali, Eid and Christmas. The children will use a range of technology and will use the computers and ipads, developing their fine motor control. They will learn to drag and drop pictures and will use a simple paint program.
Expressive Arts and Design
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
The children will learn to use a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting and collage. They will learn simple songs and will work with repeated sounds and sound patterns. Children’s creative ideas are explored through imaginative play and role play, music and dance.