Hello and welcome to Class RP’s section on the website! My name is Miss Wild and I am the class teacher in RP. I hope you find this information helpful and I hope it gives you some indication about what we are going to be teaching this term. We aim for all of our lessons and areas of the classroom to be fun, engaging and create a sense of curiosity and wonder in your children. We have extremely high expectations in EYFS and pride ourselves on using impeccable manners and being kind to all.
Please remember that ‘every school day counts’ and we encourage your children to be in school every day.
Class RB and Class RP are called the ‘EYFS Department’ and we are one unit. This means that the children can flow from one classroom to the next and we also share our own private outdoor area.
In our unit we have 4 teaching assistants. Miss Haworth, Miss Newman, Miss Mulla and Miss Shaw. We share them across both classrooms and the outdoor environment. The teacher next door is Miss Hume.
Our aim for this term is to get your children settled into their new environment, create a safe and happy place for them to learn and begin their learning journey in EYFS. We want each and every child in the EYFS Department to ‘be the best for God they can be’ and succeed in all that they set out to achieve. We want to provide opportunities for your children to grow and progress in all areas of the curriculum, develop strong friendships and make excellent choices in all that they do.
This term in our English lessons, we will be learning about all the different Traditional Nursery Rhymes such as; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Humpty Dumpty. This will help us to explore rhyming and develop our listening and attention skills. We will then focus on stories with a familiar setting such as; the family home. Towards the end of Autumn term, we will explore stories with a repetitive pattern to help us recall and sequence story events.
In Phonics we will continue to explore Phase One aspects such as; environmental sounds and alliteration. We will then introduce the Phase Two sounds to enable the children to begin to read and write simple words.
In our Maths lessons this term, we will initially be focussing on getting to know your children and assessing them using baseline assessments. We will be concentrating on Number: counting and recognition and simple addition and subtraction. We will also begin to look at 2D shapes and their properties as well as exploring patterns.
Our RE topic this half term is ‘I am special.’ The children will discuss all of the things that make them special. They will also develop an understanding of the ‘Harvest’ season and why it is important. The children will develop an understanding of why we collect food for donations. We will also be listening to lots of exciting stories from the Bible.
Next half term, the children will learn about Christmas and why it is important to Christians. They will also look at other important celebrations that they are familiar with.
During our topic afternoons, we will focus on a variety of activities linked to the other areas of learning and development. In Autumn One, our topic is; Ourselves and we will focus on; our bodies and senses, keeping clean, where we live and memories from our past. We will also practise taking photographs to create an All About Me book. As part of our Art lessons, we will be making houses using paper bags and playdough. For music, we will learn about rhythm and beat using different instruments and begin to develop our listening skills. French lessons will be delivered in a short and fun way to allow the children to develop an awareness of basic language skills.
In Autumn Two; our topic is; Changing Seasons and we will focus on; the signs of autumn and winter, ways to keep warm, the importance of looking after our environment and to investigate if it is always cold at Christmas. During our technology lessons we will explore how to find information out safely using a computer. This term we will learn about keeping healthy and have a go at making our own healthy snacks in Design and Technology. We will continue to develop our basic language skills in French through singing songs and rhymes and begin to create simple performances in music.
Although the EYFS department does complete homework, we allow the children to settle into school life first. Eventually, once the children are settled and in a good routine, homework will be sent out each week. The children will receive a home reading book for them to read at home. This will be changed on a Monday and a Friday but their home reading diary must be signed to show they have been listened to at home.
Reading Rockets will be sent home. These are small rockets with common words on them for the children to learn. The children should practise writing them and spelling them correctly and then attempt to write the word in a full sentence.
The children will also receive a topic homework grid with 6-8 activities on there. You must choose one to complete each week. This grid is to last you the half term so please do not complete the whole grid in one weekend. This book is handed out on a Friday and expected back in school by the following Thursday. This gives us time to mark the homework and give it back out.
PE for our class will be once a week. Please ensure your child arrives to school in the correct PE kit on a Monday. Our aim for this term is to develop our gross motor skills. This includes throwing and catching, negotiating a space successfully and we will be introducing team games.
Due to COVID, we currently do not have any important dates to share with you at the moment. Soon, we will be organising meet the teacher sessions via zoom with you. Please keep an eye out for the text/letter.
Although we cannot currently have face to face meetings, if you have any questions, queries or worries, please telephone school and the team will do their best to call you back at a convenient time.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about all the exciting lessons we have planned for this term. We hope your child/children love school and enjoy coming as much as we do!
Miss Wild and the EYFS Department.