Welcome to Olive: Spring Term 2018
We have another exciting term in store for Olive Class. The progress they have made in their first term at Blyton cum Laughton has been brilliant and Miss Pennington is very proud of them all.
We started off our term with a theatre production of Cinderella and it was wonderful to hear squeals of enjoyment and delight throughout the performance. We then used this to create some fantastic story maps and pictures of the story. From Week 2 until half term Olive Class will be receiving a visit from a very special bear called Paddington who will be encouraging them to explore where they live and then the rest of the world. Miss Pennington will use the children’s thoughts and ideas of where in the world to explore with the help from their travelling companion Paddington bear. Following half term Miss Pennington will be following the children’s interests further and exploring different parts of the world with them.
Before half term we have a very exciting trip out to The Deep planned which will be fantastic to explore under the sea and the creatures that live there. We also will be encountering creatures that have learnt to survive in the harshest conditions, including a hissing cockroach that normally lives in the rainforest!
Through all of our topics the prime and specific areas of the EYFS curriculum are woven through. Miss Pennington and Mrs Wood are observing and assessing the children on a daily basis to ensure each child’s learning is being supported and challenged.
Miss Pennington and Olive class are also now using the app ‘Seesaw’ on a daily and weekly basis. Miss Pennington will be uploading photos of your child’s learning, their work and their achievements onto this app. This is something which you as a parent can be a part of. Ask Miss Pennington for further details if you’re not signed up already.
Websites to explore with your child to support their learning:
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ Focusing on Phase 2 and 3 phonics games.
Welcome to our Reception class page. Our teacher is Miss Pennington. Mrs Wood also helps with our learning.
We have a very exciting term ahead of us in Reception. For the first two weeks we focus on making sure the children are happy and settled in their new learning environment. We learn the rules and routines of school life and focus on developing our independence. Our first topic is ‘All about me’ where we are learning all about ourselves and celebrating our differences. We are learning about our senses and our different body parts; we are also excited to explore dance and movement within PE sessions. As Autumn approaches we will be exploring the changes in our outside environment and learning about different animals and plants. We will be learning about Harvest and reading the story of the Little Red Hen. We will be having a celebration week where we will learn all about Diwali and how it is celebrated.
Following the half term we will be learning all about Bonfire night and how it is celebrated. We will also learn about Bonfire safety and making sure our pets and animals are kept safe too. In ‘Anti-bullying week’ we will be learning about friendships and how we show kindness to others. As Winter approaches we will explore the changes in our environment and learn about animals who live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We will use the book ‘Lost and found’ throughout our learning. As Christmas time draws near we will be busy practising for the Nativity, learning our songs and where to stand on stage. We will be writing our letters and lists for Father Christmas and making our Christmas crafts for the Christmas Fayre.
Through all of our topics the prime and specific areas of the EYFS curriculum are woven through. Within the first few weeks Miss Pennington is learning all about the children and making her assessments of where the children are against the Development Matters statements. Learning opportunities are then planned from this and the children’s interests will be reflected within the provision provided.
Websites for you to explore with your child:
‘What to Expect, When?’ https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf
Development Matters https://www.early-education.org.uk/development-matters
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