Early Years Foundation Stage & Year 1
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Welcome to the Lower School Phase!
There are three classes in this phase. Squirrels’ Class teacher is Miss Owens and will be supported by Mrs Oughton and Miss Cowley. Ducklings’ Class teacher from Monday to Thursday will be Miss Donald, with Mr Biddle teaching on a Friday. Ducklings’ class will be supported by Mrs Martin. Rabbits’ Class teacher is Miss Webber and will be supported by Mrs Stephens.
Our PE days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure that correct PE uniform is in school on these days. Long hair should be tied up and earrings removed. A gentle reminder that layers will be needed as the weather begins to cool for autumn and winter.
Maths homework will be set termly, with different fluency facts being sent home each term for the children to practise at home. A termly project will also be sent home, which will relate to our current topic.
Curriculum homework will be sent out at the beginning of a term. It is designed to support the wider learning within the classroom and is linked to the term’s theme.
Your child will have a reading log and an independent reading book closely matched to their phonic ability. We ask that each time you read with your child at home to comment in the reading log. Reading books will be kept for 2 days so that children have the opportunity to practise reading for fluency. We will change reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
This Term's Theme
Our topic for the first half term will be ‘Into The Forest’, where the children will be learning all about forest and woodland animals, habitats and stories linked to the theme.‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne will form the key learning for our English lessons. The book is based on a boy who goes through the forest to reach his Grandma’s house, with an unexpected ending. Throughout his journey into the forest he meets several different characters. The book contains interesting images which will enable the children to develop descriptive vocabulary. We will also use other forest based stories: The Gruffalo, Owl Babies, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and You and Me. The children will learn about maps, how we use them and that they represent places. They will create their own simple map of a journey using symbols. The children will learn to name and label body parts and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. The children will explore different media and materials to create forest themed art. For example, they will use collage to create forest animals, mix primary colours to create leaves of the forest, learn how to use a pencil effectively for observational drawings.