This month we will launching our new topic ‘Amazing Animals’. We will launch it with a visit from Simon Airey and his Party Animals. The children will have an opportunity to get up close and even hold a variety of different creatures including snakes, chameleons, spiders and scorpions. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at different animals and where they come from starting with jungle animals and creatures in the sea. We will be seeing what similarities and differences we can see compared to animals here and looking at what different animal babies look like.
We will be starting phase 3 phonics and beginning to look at the digraphs sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa and oo.
In maths we will be looking at combining two groups of objects and seeing how many we have by counting all of them.
Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day and that everything is named. We will send kits home at the end of term.
With the weather getting colder the children are bringing more layers into school. Please make sure you name all hats, gloves, coats, scarves etc.
Ideas for home
- Can you write your own name?
- Fill in your phonics book each week with items that match the sound we have been learning.
- Practice taking your jumpers, cardigans and coats on and off as well as turning the sleeves the right way around.
- Practice opening and closing your fruit pots and school bags.
- Go on a shape hunt – which shapes can you spot?
- Visit a zoo, farm or park or look for different animals on the internet.
A typical day in Early Years
Start of the day
At 8:45 a.m. we come into the classroom by ourselves, we find our name and peg in. We then hang up our coats and bags in the cloakroom.
Lots of our learning takes place outside. Each of us will spend some time learning in the outdoor classroom.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
After lunch we do handwriting and find out what we will be learning in the afternoon. Again we will spend part of the afternoon outside.
Ready steady go time
When we come into the classroom we choose one of the activities at the tables. When we are in the classroom we use our ‘Indoor Voices’.
At fruit time we make sure we wash our hands before getting our drink and piece of fruit. We sit down when we are eating and sometimes listen to music.
We have our hot school meals we eat in the canteen. Then we have time to play with our friends from the other classes.
We all go to the cloakroom and get our coats and bags ready to go home after a hard day at school.