Welcome back to school, we hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to the Spring Term.
We are getting to know your children really well now and to enhance this further we will be introducing our Focus Child approach where we select two children each week to follow and observe. Our intention is to get at least one observation in each area of the EYFS:
When your child is chosen, we will send a letter home on the Thursday prior to the focus week asking for your involvement in the planning process so we maximise our impact. We will then collect all the observations, photographs and videos and upload them to Tapestry so you can read them all. I will also send you a review of the week and provide feedback of your child's progress and next steps.
We are now putting in place a regular day for PE, which will be Tuesdays and will be following a programme called Jungle Journey which supports gross and fine motor skills in a fun, developmentally appropriate way.
We have also signed up with the RSPB and are expecting delivery of a nesting box soon. We are going to arrange to have it put up in our outdoor area and hope to have the opportunity of watching a pair of blue tits make a nest and raise their young. Oak Class will be participating in the RSPB's Big Bird Watch this year where we will be identifying and logging all the different birds we see.
We will be focusing on Literacy and Mathematics particularly during this term and identifying what we need to do to support understanding and progress in these areas. These areas of learning are challenging and we will be increasing the number of activities available for the children to select during their provision time.
Number recognition is particularly important as by the end of the year, our children are expected to be able to count from 1 to 20 reliably and put the numbers in the correct order, as well as being able to say the number that is one more/one less than a given number.
Numbers from 11-20 can be difficult for children to identify and we would ask you to talk about identifying numbers with your children whenever the opportunity arises. At school, we encourage the children to talk about what they do know about numbers, so if I ask them what they know about 'teen' numbers, many of them will reply that they start with a '1'. Supporting children to develop mathematical thinking and understanding provides them with an excellent foundation for problem solving and high order thinking.
We will also be finding out about Chinese New Year, learning about the Easter Story and having a go at growing our own sunflowers.
Mrs S Dryden