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Foundation

Welcome to Spring term!

This term  our learning and activities will be inspired by our learning enhancement themes:

  • “What happens in other worlds?”

We will explore different themes such as ‘Frozen’” and ‘Dinosaurs’. As part of these topics we will explore different continents, animals, clothes and cultures.

Children will have the opportunity to learn the story  “the little penguin”, design story maps and create some writing.

 We are also planning on designing some plesiosaurus using clay and explore  features of non- fiction books when learning about Dinosaurs.

We will be joining as well on the celebration of Chinese New Year by performing a Dragon dance, cooking Chinese food and exploring Chinese culture.

  • Come outside!

We will be going on a Bear hunt by learning the text and producing our very own texture story maps!

Then we will continue learning some more Traditional Tales, using drama and story props when retelling the story “ The three Billy goats gruff”. Children will be working collaboratively on projects such as Billy Goats Gruff Bridge challenge.

Finally we will finish the term by flouring just like butterflies as we will be learning the story “ The very hungry caterpillar”

We continue to work on our phonics skills, becoming more confident at blending letter sounds to make words and sentences during our daily phonics sessions. 

During our Maths learning We will continue to work on developing our number recognition, counting and problem solving skills during our daily maths sessions and we continue to teach through the 'Whiterose' programme . There will be lots of opportunities for the children to explore, investigate and create, everyday there will opportunities to use our outside spaces.

Tapestry

As you will have seen at our Parents’ meeting, the children all have an online learning journey with Tapestry. It contains lots of observations, photographs, some videos and pieces of work to demonstrate your child’s learning and progress. We would love you to continue to contribute with any development you think your child has made outside of school as there can be things we miss! For example, you could write a quick note to say they managed to do their coat up, or that they tried a different type of food for the first time.

You could also add any photographs or comments you would like to your child’s learning journey and of course don’t forget to leave your feedback in your child’s profile.

If you have any problems logging on please let us know.

Homework

Thank you for your support completing the Science experiments and the class Own work. We are looking forward to seeing all of your ‘Family tree’ posters that the children have designed.

Reading

In Reception class we recognise that reading is the keystone of learning and therefore it is vital that every child becomes a reader. 

Children will continue to have their reading books changed twice a week either on a Monday and Thursday or a Tuesday and Friday.

Children also read 1:1 at least twice a week. This term we are introducing Guided Reading sessions, where children have the opportunity to:

  • establish fundamental skills necessary for proficient reading
  • identify weaknesses and strengthen specific skills
  • improve attention to detail
  • build fluency
  • expand vocabulary knowledge
  • develop reading comprehension skills

You may also find that your child brings home some flashcards with sounds to practise. These are sounds that the children are finding a little tricky in school. Please use the flash cards to test their recognition of the sounds regularly.

Other classroom Information

PE kits need to be in school all the times please but our planned PE days are Monday and Wednesday. Please make sure all PE kits and school uniforms are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

It is important that your child has their school water bottle in school at all times - please ensure these only contain water.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us to discuss any of the above or if there are any problems or questions you have. We want all of the children to continue be happy in school, as well as enjoying a productive and successful term.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at via email schooloffice@sacredheart.peterborough.sch.uk

Thank you for your on-going support.

Mrs Lopez and Mrs Wilson

 

Reception timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

8.45

Registration & Soft start/ INTERVENTIONS/Reading /Pray

 

9.15

Phonics

Phonics

Phonics

RE

Understanding the world

 

9.30

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

10.30

Maths

Maths

Literacy

Phonics

 

11:00

Literacy

 

Literacy

PE

    Maths

Phonics

 

Literacy

 

11.30

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

Child initiated activities, group work and interventions

 

11.35/11.45

Review free flow

 Review free flow

Review free flow

Review free flow

Review free flow

 

12.00

Pray/Lunchtime

 

1.00

Registration/Pray

 

1.05

NELI

NELI

NELI

Reading

NELI

 

1.25

PSED/RSE

Expressive Art and Design/ ICT/UW

Maths

reading/Handwriting Child initiated activities

Observations

Expressive Art and Design/ ICT

Child initiated activities,

Observations

 

PE

 

2.30

Handwriting/ Reading

Child initiated activities,

  Observations

 

 

Story time/ Reading

 

2:45

Story time/RE

Story time

Story time/RE

Story time

Assembly

 

3.00

Pray/Home Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Environment

Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play indoors and outside. We provide children many different opportunities of learning with carefully, tailored plans which allow children to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources. In EYFS children will learn and develop different skills for life, we tailor our progression map curriculum according to our children’s unique needs.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provides the foundation children with all they need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The EYFS framework specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. 

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language (CL)
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Physical development (PD)

These prime areas are those most essential for a 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:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world (UW)
  • Expressive arts and design (EAD)

Attached below - progression maps for different areas

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at Sacred Heart will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. The curriculum and experiences that we provide are suitable for EYFS children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's 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. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.  The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn.  They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.  Development is not an automatic process, however.  It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

You could find further information about the reforms in the EYFS curriculum in “The Early Learning Goals, guide for Parents and Carers”

Attached below - ELGS guide for parents