Red 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Red Class!
Red Class is the Early Years Foundation Stage (reception) class here at Weston. We aim to teach the EYFS curriculum with a vairety of engaging adult-led and child-initiated activities. We strive to create a happy and safe learning environment where the children are at the heart of all we do. We believe that children's first experiences of school are of great importance and help to shape a lifelong love of learning.
What We Are Learning This Term:
Communication and Language:
The children will learn to listen to familiar and non-familiar stories and will be encouraged to join in with rhymes and repetitions. They will take turns in ‘talk partners’ where they will be given the opportunity to listen and respond to one another and communicate to their classmates. We will aim to build their confidence with talking in front of small and then larger groups.
The children will be encouraged to be independent with their own self-care. This includes: toileting, washing hands, dressing themselves and putting on their own coat. There will be a focus on improving the children’s fine motor skills which includes holding equipment and pencils for writing. The children will enhance their gross motor skills in our outdoor environment and through structured PE lessons which will focus on a variety of fundamental skills (e.g, kicking, throwing and catching).
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
In the first term, lots of the activities planned will assist the settling in period for the children; encouraging them to separate from their carers and to make friends with their new classmates. The children will be supported in speaking and playing alongside new and familiar faces and will gain independence in giving their ideas in front of small groups.
The children will listen to familiar stories and begin to think about their structure. The first stories we look at are traditional tales; stories that are familiar to the children. We will practice retelling these stories as well as creating our own to share with the class.
The children will explore mark-making in a variety of ways. They will learn to hold a pencil correctly and develop their pencil grip. The class will be expected to write their names and begin to form sounds, letters and simple words.
Read Write Inc.: Throughout the term, your child will take part in RWI. phonics sessions. These take place each day for 20 minutes and will focus on specific sets of sounds each week (please see class website page for updates on the sounds learnt). There will be a large focus on blending sounds together to make a simple word (e.g. c-a-t = cat).
The children will mainly focus on numbers 1-5 within the first term, but will delve into the representation of these numbers and gain a deeper understanding.
We will cover the following: recognising numbers of personal significance, recognising numerals 1 to 5, counting up to three or four objects by saying one name for each item, counting objects and items that cannot be moved, selecting the correct numeral for 1 to 5 objects and counting irregular arrangements of 5 objects.
Understanding the World:
The children will compare what they are like now with when they were a baby; discussing and exploring the human life cycle. They will also begin to learn about our 5 senses and what they are used for. The class will look at changes that take place in Autumn, as well as the importance of Harvest time, Bonfire Night and Divali.
ICT: The children will explore various activities on the tablets/laptops and they will have a go at taking pictures using the devices.
RE: This term we will cover units about Harvest, what happens during Harvest time and why it is special for Christians. We will explore the Christmas Story and retell it with our own Nativity performance.
Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will use a variety of materials and media to create traditional tale puppets, magic bean crafts and their own self-portraits. They will sing songs, join in with dancing games and be imaginative in the role-play areas.
Homework: The children will bring home reading books to share with you and they will have some ‘words to learn’ . Although, our main reading scheme is the online ‘Bug Club’, where the children will access books specifically for their level. It also encourages the children to answer questions which are designed to aid comprehension. Homework books will be looked at on Fridays.
PE: In Autumn A, outdoor PE sessions with Miss Moss will take place on a Friday afternoon (it may be worthwhile to put a sports jumper and tracksuit bottoms in PE bags during colder months). Indoor sessions with Mr Richards will take place on a Wednesday afternoon throughout the Autumn term.
Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school in order to access the forest school area at all times.
Tapestry: Soon you should receive an email asking you to set up a tapestry account. This is a great way of keeping track of your child’s learning journey as well as viewing pictures of their time at school. We hope you enjoy using this online learning journal as much as we do. If you haven't passed your email on to Miss Moss, please do so as soon as possible by completing the tapestry letter sent with your welcome pack, thank you.
Meet the Team...
Miss Moss- EYFS Leader and Class Teacher
Miss Watkins- Class Teacher (am)
Mrs Bedford- Full time HLTA
It is expected that children are to read at home every night. We give out three school books to take home every week as well as online books. Please log on to 'bug club' to access books that are assigned to your child, they should match their reading level.
https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 (Link for bug club)
This year, we are using Tapestry, an online learning journal tool, to collect observations and document your child's learning. Please add to the journal when you can to give us a whole picture of your child.
Autumn A - This half term our topic is 'Traditional Tales'
Please encourage your child to research this topic and to bring in any artefacts/ books that may be of relevance.
If you would like more information regarding the teaching of phonics please have a look on the RWI website;
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Miss Moss for further support.
Below is a pronuciation guide for our RWI sounds. Children are to use 'pure sounds' when blending and segmenting.
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