I hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and are looking forward to our Spring term. We welcome several new children into our class and look forward to building and supporting new friendships. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Woodward whilst Mrs Preece continues to work with the children on a Tuesday morning. If you have any queries or concerns about your child/ren then we will be pleased to help you either at the beginning or end of the session. We continue to work with you as partners in your child’s education.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development- We will continue to promote good manners and encourage each child to say please and thank you, building positive relationships with their friends by sharing and taking turns. We would be grateful if you could continue to encourage this at home.
Communication and Language– We will explore rhymes and singing games asking children questions about the rhymes. We encourage children to share books including their learning journeys. When you share your book at home it would be lovely to ask questions about the story, or ask them to tell you the story using the pictures, this will support their understanding.
Physical Development– We encourage gross and fine motor skills by providing a ‘ Funky Fingers,’ station. We also continue to visit the Forest School site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The children have the opportunity to explore the area and develop their physical development and investigation skills. The aim in class is for the children to independently put on their coats and shoes, please help them and praise them for this at home also.
Maths- We will continue to look at numbers and counting to 10 with a focus on the number name and what it looks like. Please chat about numbers which you see when you are out and about—make it fun!
Understanding of the World– We will be looking at different cultural celebrations including Chinese New Year where we will try different foods and look at how they celebrate the new year. We will also be discussing the seasonal changes, it would be great if you could discuss this with your child too!
Literacy– We will be looking at a variety of fiction, non fiction, poetry and songs. We also be looking at the initial sounds of objects. You can support this at home by playing games like “eye spy”, the emphasis is always on fun. We will move on to sounding out words during activities—for example, “please pass me the c/u/p” We continue to work on making marks on different media and forming letters in our names.
Expressive Art and Design– We will continue to explore different music, instruments, sounds, and songs.
Please continue to name your children’s clothes, that way you will have you items returned with ease if lost.
As the weather is unpredictable, please ensure children bring suitable clothing each day for example raincoats, hats, gloves and scarves. As we spend so much time in the forest base layers are also advised to keep them warm.
Many thanks, Miss Jefferies