Welcome to Foundation (Class F)
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In Class F we are all about learning through play. We spend a lot of our time exploring, experimenting and getting messy both inside and outside.
Class Teacher: Miss Crawley
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Spence
In Class F we learn a lot of our EYFS Curriculum through playful interactions. We use the 7 Early Learning Goals, provided in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, supported through the use of the Development Matters document to plan, observe and assess the 7 areas of learning. The 7 areas of learning are as follows:
Both the indoor and outdoor classrooms are set up to support and enhance learning and development throughout the year. We use a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning to support progress in all the 7 areas of learning. During the Autumn Term we will be focusing on the prime areas of learning, particularly looking at our emotions and well being.
As learning in Class F is often through play and child-initiated experiences, our planning reflects the need for flexibility, take a look at our Long Term Overview to find out more about the skills and understanding we will gain throughout the year.
Once children have settled into school life, we will begin our daily phonics sessions, where we use the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. All children will have a library book to share at home. All children will have sound flashcards to practice new sounds at home when we begin phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds scheme. To further support knowledge of and a love of reading we welcome parents to share lots of stories and rhymes with children – we would love to know what you have been reading at home – you can write the stories you share in your reading record book.
PE and Forest School in Class F
PE lessons will be taught every Thursday – children should come into school wearing their PE kits and will not need a change of clothes. Every Friday we will take part in forest school activities and children will need to come into school in old clothes or clothes you do not mind getting muddy. Please also bring a pair of wellington boots and a small bag of spare clothes (clearly labeled) which can stay in school.
In Class F we use child interests to support and expand our learning, therefore our topics can change and develop unexpectedly to follow these key interests. We often focus on celebrations and seasons throughout the year, which will be taught through play in the environment and planned small group sessions.
Reading in Class F
Children will take home a library book in the first half term, along with some question and talk cards to share discussions about stories with grown ups. Letter sound cards will go home as and when sounds are taught.
Children will then receive 2 phonics games/books and 2 home readers to play/read multiple times – to promote reading fluency we ask that you keep and re-use the games/books for 2 weeks.
Books will be changed every other Monday.
Phonics games/books – These are activities which children should be able to access as independently as possible, as they will contain familiar sounds and words we have been practicing in phonics lessons.
Home readers – These are books which focus on story telling – through wordless books and then vocabulary exposure – children will need adult support to use these books.
Some words in phonics are ‘tricky’ to read – meaning we can’t sound them out and hear the word. Here are the tricky words we learn in Phase 2 and 3 phonics throughout the year, which you can practice at home.
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