Welcome to Early Years!
Our teachers are Mrs Brind, Mr Heydon and Mrs Charidza. We are supported by Mrs Jachym, Mrs Hort, Mrs Sturgess and Mrs Thompson
We enjoy learning through practical play and exploration. Check out the links below to see what we have been learning about recently.
Our first few weeks of school
What are we learning this week? 2nd November 2020
Please provide your child with a copy of their Baptism Photo to share in school. Thank you.
- We will be learning to say and record the following letters and sounds: f, e, l, h and sh. Please help your child by practising these sounds and words at home. They could play eye spy, hunt the sound or bingo. They could practise forming the letter in the bath, on a family member's back or even in the air, making big movements.
- We will be talking Baptisms and how they are performed in church. Please help your child by talking about what is used in a Baptism and who is involved. For example, please talk to them about the font, holy water, priest and their own Godparents. If you have your child's baptismal photographs, we will be pleased to have at least one to share in school. You may talk to your child about the picture so that they will be confident to tell peers about it.
- We will be going on a 'dinosaur hunt' in the style of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. When talking to your child about their day at school, please encourage them to talk to you about the order of the dinosaur hunt and what they saw.
- We will be learning the names of 2D and 3D shapes. Please help your child to recognise a circle, square, triangle, hexagon, rectange, cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid. They should also talk about the shapes.
- We will be making a volcano using Paper Mache. You may wish to make one at home.
- We will continue to build up our gross and fine motor skills by accessing activities such as The Adventure playground and climbing equipment, the bikes, large and small balls, cutting and sticking, hammer and nail activities and painting.
- We will continue to build friendships and learn the school rules.
- NB. May you please help your child to practise writing their name correctly with the capital letter only at the beginning and the rest in small letters. They should also continue to hold the pencil correctly as shown below.
How can I help my child at home this week? 19.10.2020
This week we have been learning to pronounce the sounds 'k', 'u', and 'b'. We have used the following sheets to help to form the letters:
letter formation chart
We used the following phrases to remember how to form the letters:
m Maisie, mountain, mountain
a round the apple, down the leaf
s slither down the snake round his bottom,
d up his tall neck and down to his feet
t down the tower, across the tower
i down the body, dot for the head
n down Nobby, over his net
p down the plait and over the pirates face
g round her face, down her hair and give her a curl
o all around the orange
c curl around the caterpillar
k down the kangaroo’s body tail and leg
u down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle
b down the laces to the heel and around the toe
Please help your child to learn the sound and form the letter. They could practise forming the letters in water, sand, mud, on your back, on their palm etc. They could write it on paper, use their finger on the carpet or a paintbrush. It is very important that they learn how to form the letter correctly and how to say the sound. You could use 'Mr Thorne does phonics' on YouTube as a way of hearing the correct pronunciation.
Please also help your child to hold the pencil properly. Here is a picture of how your child should be holding a pencil:
We have also been learning to recognise the value of numbers. Please help your child to to recognise what 1-10 actually looks like in terms of objects. For example, if you say the number 7, can they pass you 7 forks? They could also attempt to record this by writing number 7 and drawing the 7 forks. This can be repeated for all numbers to 10. The children should be able to compare numbers using the words 'more' and 'less'.
Your child should also have brought home their tubs. This includes the sounds that they have been learning as well as the numbers. Please help your child to learn how to pronounce and record the sounds.