Foundation Stage 2 Reception

Welcome to ‘The Jolly Giraffes!’

EYFS Curriculum…What is it all about?

Click on the links below to access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (Development Matters) and the parental support document (What to Expect When). These two documents give information about what a child is expected to be able to do in all areas of the curriculum by a certain age. The ages on the two documents are given in months e.g. 60 months is 5 years old.

development-matters

what-to-expect-when  This document gives ideas about what activities you could do with your child at home to support their learning.

 30 experiences to share with your child…

Why not try to complete as many of these ideas as you can with your child. Most are free, some have a small cost attached but all are fantastic learning experiences you can share with your child.

30 experiences to share with your child

Learning Book

We would love you to have input into your child’s Learning Journey. We know that there are so many wonderful experiences the children have at home and in the holidays that could be recorded through Learning Book.

(Some of the ’30 experiences to share with your child’ activities mentioned above would be ideal.)

We have run Parent Sessions in school but for those of you who missed them, or for those who have forgotten the details, we have attached a simple to follow plan.

Please know that you are always welcome to discuss the method with a member of staff, otherwise please follow the link below:

parent login Learning Book information

 

Homework.

The children will receive homework every Friday and it is expected to be completed and returned for the following Thursday. This is to allow time for the homework to be marked and the new piece to be set.  The homework that is set is linked to one of the EYFS statements (Which can be found in the ‘development matters’ book). It is slightly differentiated to suits the needs of all children. Some homework that is set may require a parent/ carer to write a brief comment; explaining how their child carried out the task. Each child that completes their homework will receive a small treat to say ‘Well done!’

Autumn 1 Week 3:Homework

Autumn 1 Week 4:Homework

 

Reading.

Each child will receive a levelled reading book to take home. We encourage children to read at home at least 3x a week. This does not have to be the same book 3x; it could be the school reading book plus 2 other books of your child’s choice. We ask that parents/ carers date their child’s reading record book with 3 different dates to evidence when their child has read. Children need to bring their book back on a Friday in order for it to be changed. If children have read 3x a week, then they will receive a sticker to place on their ‘reading bookmark.’ Once children have completed their ‘reading bookmark’ with stickers then they will receive a reading certificate and the next level on their bookmark. The reading bookmarks start at orange and progress onto Gold. If children receive a bronze bookmark or above then they will be rewarded with a reading party at the end of the school year.

Topics:

Here are a list of the topics that we will be covering throughout the course of the week:

Autumn 1: Autumn 1-Topic

Literacy:

Autumn

In Literacy we will be covering:

  • Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write or paint.
  • Hears and says initial sounds in words.
  • Using identifiable letters to represent meaning.

You can help your child by:

Encouraging your child to say what their marks mean when they have been writing, painting or drawing.  When your child has drawn a picture, you could encourage your child to label it; asking them identify the first and last initial sounds in their words. Can children represent the sounds that they can hear and represent them using letters?

Maths.

Autumn.

In Maths we will be covering:

  • Selects the correct numeral to represent 1-5 and then 1-10.
  • Children are to count an irregular arrangement of objects.
  • Estimates how many objects there are and checks by counting.
  • Beginning to name 2d shapes.
  • Uses familiar objects and common shape to create and recreate patterns and build models.

You can help your child by:

Counting everyday objects at home or on outings and then writing the matching number, on paper, in the soil with a stick, on a misty window. Encourage children to count a selection of toys when they are playing or counting how many objects are on the dinner table. When your child asks ‘How many sweets are left?’ ask them to estimate (have a good guess) and then ask them to count to see if their guess was close to the actual number of sweets. Encourage your child to create patterns using everyday objects from around your home e.g. red crayon or Lego bricks.

If you would more information about the Early Years curriculum please visit either  www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf     or www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf.

The first link is to the curriculum used in school by staff and the second link is to a more parent friendly version, which gives suggestions about how you can support your child at home

Medical information:

Please let the school office and the class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. An additional form will have to be completed if medication is to be administered during the school day. This can be collected from the school office.

If you would like to discuss any of these aspects further feel free to make an appointment.

 

Thank you!

 

Miss Gerstmar & Ms Chadwick.

 

 

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The Perfect Peas

Click on the links below to access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (Development Matters) and the parental support document (What to Expect When). These two documents give information about what a child is expected to be able to do in all areas of the curriculum by a certain age. The ages on the two documents are given in months e.g. 60 months is 5 years old.

development-matters

what-to-expect-when  This document gives ideas about what activities you could do with your child at home to support their learning.

30 experiences to share with your child.

Why not try to complete as many of these ideas as you can with your child. Most are free, some have a small cost attached but all are fantastic learning experiences you can share with your child.

30 experiences to share with your child

Learning Book

We would love you to have input into your child’s Learning Journey. We know that there are so many wonderful experiences the children have at home and in the holidays that could be recorded through Learning Book.

(Some of the ’30 experiences to share with your child’ activities mentioned above would be ideal.)

We have run Parent Sessions in school but for those of you who missed them, or for those who have forgotten the details, we have attached a simple to follow plan.

Please know that you are always welcome to discuss the method with a member of staff, otherwise please follow the link below:

parent login Learning Book information

 Summer Term Overview

It is hard to believe that the children only have 1 term left in Foundation Stage before they move to Year 1.

We wish Mrs Shepherd Woodhall all the best as she begins her maternity leave and in her absence FS2 will be taught by Mr Kettle, ably supported by Miss Gulliver, Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Heatherington.

Attached is the overview for Summer Term, where you can find out about the things we will be learning this term.

FS2 Parents Curriculum Sheets Summer 1

Show and tell

Children will be taking part in show and tell sessions during this half term. The topics are stated below and your child is welcome to bring in an item to talk about linked to the theme. Show and tell sessions run throughout the week.

Week Show and tell weekly theme
02/01/17

What did you do over the holiday?

What did you get for Christmas?

09/01/17 Have you seen the Stick Man and what was he doing?
16/01/17 What evidence hove you found of the Gruffalo?
23/01/17 What evidence hove you found of the Gruffalo?
30/01/17 What times and events do you and your family celebrate?
06/02/17 What types of transport have you been on?
13/02/17 Where have you been?

 

9th December

The Early Year Foundation Stage Nativity

A massive well done to all the children and staff involved in the production.

 

 

 

1st December

Stay and Play Christmas craft session

Thank you to all the parents, carers and grandparents who attend the stay and play session. A messy but fun time was had by all! There will be more stay and play sessions run throughout the year, so do not worry if you missed this one.

 

 

7th November

Darfield Library

The reception children really enjoyed their visit to Darfield library where they sang songs, shared books and went on a reading treasure hunt.

 

3rd November

Forest Schools

The children had an exciting morning on the field creating hedgehog homes. The children thought very carefully about where to build the hedgehog homes, what size they needed to be and what to build them out of to keep the hedgehogs warm and relatively dry. As you can see the end results were fantastic and very imaginative.

Forest school morning is every Thursday in reception (come rain or shine), so don’t forget your waterproof coat and wellies.

 

website-info-the-perfect-peas

 

23rd September

The children loved our Roald Dahl day and dressing up as characters from his books. They did lots of activities throughout the day to support reading, had a scrumdiddlyumptious dinner and loved welcoming their parents into class at the end of the day.

To help your child with his or her Phonic ability and for lots of helpful resources, please click on the following link:

Helping your child with Phonics

New content is coming soon – but you can scroll down to get some idea of what the children will be doing this year.

The Little Lambs

Little Lambs. pic

To find out what the Little Lambs will be learning in the Summer Term, please follow the link below:

summer term website info Little Lambs

FS2. Parent Curriculum sheet Spring16

Our Topics in the Autumn term will be:

Bonfire night, Diwali, traditional tales and Christmas

The elements we will be covering are:

We will be talking about bonfire night and what the children did and what they saw. We will be looking at the festival of Diwali and how it is similar and different to traditions celebrated by the children in the class. We will be reading lots of different traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and Stone Soup. We will be looking at Christmas and what people do during the celebration.

Learning Objectives

– Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.

– Children are to talk about past and present events in their lives and lives of their families.

– They know that other children do not always enjoy the same things and they are sensitive to this.

– They know about similarities and difference between themselves and others, and among families communities and traditions

– Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.

You can help your child by:

Looking at why people celebrate bonfire night, Diwali, Christmas and what traditions take place during the celebration.  Discuss how these traditions are similar and different to one another e.g. feasting, presents, family gatherings. Read lots of different traditional stories and discuss what happened in the story and who are the good and bad characters.

Some useful websites are:

Bonfire night: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/guy/history.htm

Diwali: www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali

Traditional tales: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

Christmas: www.topmarks.co.uk/christmas/ChristmasGames.aspx

In Literacy we will be covering:

– Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write or paint.

– Continues a rhyming string.

– Segmenting sounds in words and then blending the sounds back together.

You can help your child by:

Encouraging your child to say what their makes mean when they have been writing, painting or drawing. When playing or on a long car journey play rhyming games, they can be real or made up words e.g. pig, wig, jig, fig, hig. When walking around the supermarket, encourage your child to segment (chop up into sounds) and blend (put the sounds together again) the items they see e.g. s-ao-p = soap, p-o-p = pop, f-i-sh = fish.

In Maths we will be covering:

– Selects the correct numeral to represent 1-5 and then 1-10.

– Children are to count an irregular arrangement of objects.

– Estimates how many objects there are and checks by counting.

– Order two items by length or height

– Uses familiar objects and common shape to create and recreate patterns and build models.

You can help your child by:

Counting everyday objects at home or on outings and then writing the matching number, on paper, in the soil with a stick, on a misty window. Encourage children to count a selection of toys when they are playing or counting how many objects are on the dinner table. When your child asks ‘How many sweets are left?’ ask them to estimate (have a good guess) and then ask them to count to see if their guess was close to the actual number of sweets. Encourage your child to create patterns using everyday objects from around your home e.g. red crayon or Lego bricks.

If you would more information about the Early Years curriculum please visit either  www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf     or www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf.

The first link is to the curriculum used in school by staff and the second link is to a more parent friendly version, which gives suggestions about how you can support your child at home.

Homework is set on:

Friday – to be returned by Thursday the following week

Homework will comprise of a leveled reading book, a topic based task and a maths based task. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week at home, therefore book bags are sent home daily. Your child does not always have to read their levelled reading book, as they could read a book which they enjoy at home. It is requested that you record in your child’s reading record when they read at home as we check this on a weekly basis. At the end of each day a child is chosen at random and if they have read the previous day they can choose a prize.

If you would like to discuss any of these aspects further feel free to make an appointment.

 

Miss Shepherd

 

 

Our new and  improved outdoor area

The above photographs show the development of our outdoor area.