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What is my my child learning this term?

Autumn term 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the Early Years at Charles Dickens Primary School. We hope you have had a lovely summer. It is very exciting to start a new term in our brand new spaces.

Things you need to know…

Home Learning
Each child in the Foundation Stage will be given a Home Learning Journal. These books are designed to celebrate your child’s experiences at home. The journals will be shared in class on a weekly basis so please make sure they are always in your child’s book bag.

It is really important that you read with your child every day. All children across the Early Years will receive a reading book and a yellow reading record. The children are also welcome to take home a book from the class library on a daily basis and we would encourage you to become members of your local library to enjoy as many books as possible with your child.

The children in Nursery will be given a new reading book once a week.

It is very important that all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Also please make sure your child brings in a spare change of clothes that can be kept in their bag. In Tiny Tim the children need two changes of clothes. The children have access to sand, water and paint as well as other activities that can get messy. They are encouraged to wear an apron for all these things, however accidents happen and therefore a change of clothes is needed. The children need to feel independent when putting on and taking off their shoes so ensure they have Velcro or buckles they can manage. Laces are not safe so we ask you do not buy shoes with laces when buying new shoes.

What we are learning about this term…

Our Colourful World
This term in the Foundation Stage we will be concentrating on helping the children get to know one another and their new space, including how to use and look after the resources. We will also be exploring what makes us unique, how different things make us feel and what parts of the world our families come from.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Our work in PSED this term will be focused around feelings, what it feels like to be in a new place, with new people and how we can identify these different feelings. As mentioned, we will be getting to know each other and our new space, and looking at how we can best look after all the resources and very importantly how we look after each other, to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy start to their life at school.

Physical Development
All the children in the foundation stage will have regular access to climbing and obstacle equipment, bikes, balls and other sports equipment across the term. The focus for both Nursery and Reception children will be movement and negotiating space independently and whilst using certain equipment. The children will also have access to daily construction and small-scale activities like threading and plasticine, designed to develop fine motor skills.

Communication and Language
Speaking and listening skills are key to a child’s progress at school. This term all the children will be given daily opportunities to listen to one another and share information about themselves and their experiences at home and at school. We will start by looking at all the wonderful family posters that the children have bought back into school, and sharing these in small groups. The children will also be given opportunities to listen and join in with a variety of stories, songs and rhymes.

In the nursery classes we will be engaging in lots of playful activities to help children hear and distinguish sounds. There will be lots of singing, rhyming, listening and rhythmic games for the children to enjoy.

In Nursery the children will be given opportunities to take notes, write messages and doodle in role play areas, as many children prefer to draw and write when they are in character. The children will also have the opportunity to find their name each day in order to self-register.

The children across the Early Years will be asking lots of questions in mathematics this term – why are numbers important? What can they tell us? When is my birthday? How many letters are there in my name? How tall am I? How can I work out if I am growing? What are our favourite things in the class, and how can we record these? Just to name a few! We will be learning lots of number rhymes and songs, using props and be encouraging lots of counting in playful contexts.

Understanding of the World
In the Early Years, our understanding of the world comes firstly from talking about our families to get a sense of community. We will be looking at how we have changed and comparing ourselves now to how we were as babies. The children will also get to experience a range of different materials throughout the term, to develop their language for describing the world around them. We will also be spending a lot of time in the school garden and helping to look after the chickens. ICT also forms a large part of our learning and the children will be encouraged to use the class iPad to take pictures of their experiences in the classroom, and share these with their peers.

Expressive Arts and Design
Introducing role play will be a big focus this term, as the adults model how to use the role play areas effectively. The children will have access to role play areas, in all areas both inside and outside. When children engage in role-play we observe some of their higher-level language and thinking.

Music will also form a large part of our days, as we begin to build a repertoire of new songs and rhymes, as well as explore different instruments and music from different cultures.

Trotwood will have music with Mr Nathan on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tiny Tim will have music with Mr Nathan on Tuesdays.

How parents can be involved in home learning
There are many ways that parents can be involved in their child’s learning in Reception – listen to your child read daily; help with home learning; ensure your child wears full school uniform and has PE kit in school. Across all three classes: read stories together, offer any expert help relevant to the topics, send in materials we can use for junk modelling, share WOW moments that you observe with the class adults. Wow moments are when you see your child try or do something new which can be anything from laying the table independently to climbing to the top of a climbing frame or dancing in front of an audience to helping a younger sibling learn letter sounds.

As mentioned we will also be running workshops for Reception parents throughout the term to provide information on how to support your child’s progress in phonics and reading. More information on this will be provided shortly.

Thank you from the Early Years Team