Learning to play, Playing to learn!
Class teacher- Miss N Zahran & Mr Coates
Miss Harrison, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Lingard and Mr Ahmad also help us with our learning
This term we started school in our lovely new classroom.
We met our new teachers and our new friends.
We started the new school year talking about ourselves and what we liked, telling our new friends about our homes and things we like to do.
The first story that we looked at was ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. This is book that our class is named after. We liked going on hunts for the characters, talking about the woods and even drawing pictures of the Gruffalo. Our second story of the half term was ‘Handa’s Surprise’, this story helped us learn about another part of the world (Africa) and how people from different parts of the world live.
In Maths, we were looking at various numbers, counting to 10, investigating the numbers 1 to 5 and all the different ways we can make it, draw it and write it. We also use Number blocks to help us whilst we are having our snack.
In phonics, we started to learn the first sounds we need to know ‘ S, A, P, T, I N, D, M, O’. We also practiced and recognizing our names, which we are getting really good at and how to properly use a pencil and scissors.
Fundamentals with Mr Coates, is really fun. We have been practicing our running, jumping, throwing (overarm), hopping and kicking. We have been using the hall and our EYFS yard to do our Fundamental Movement Skills. We will keep practicing every day.
In Jigsaw, we have been learning about ourselves, friendships and how to be a good friend. We like to use kind hands here at Springfield and kind words as well. The Gruffalos like to encourage our friends, share and make them happy if they are sad. It is an important skill to have in life and we are practicing all the time.
In Religious Education, we have been learning about various cultures and religions. How people are different and how some people belief and celebrate different times of the year.
Music is taught by Mrs Lingard in Gruffalos. The children have learnt about Pitch – high and low sounds. Mrs Lingard brought her musical note scarf and rainbow ribbon into school. The children watched as the scarf or ribbon was moved high above or low around them. They also listened to The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Seans and the children moved to the music. They used low voices to roar like lions, then high voices to tweet like a bird. Following on from this they listened to the piano and wiggled their fingers low to the ground as low notes were played then lifted their arms high to wriggle their fingers as high notes were played. Lastly they tried to find low and high notes on a glockenspiel.
Provision is a big part of Early Years and it is where can in investigate all the different areas of learning. We have three learning rooms, filled with unique opportunities for learning, from Role-play to Block-play, Writing areas to Maths areas and Construction to Malleable. These different learning areas help us progress in all 17 areas of the Early Years Curriculum.
Just before the first half term holiday, we decided to challenge ourselves to put on and zipping up our own coats. Some Gruffalos found this very tricky so if adults at home could help us, it would be even better. Pictures of our learning go up on our school Twitter every day, so please take a look.
In Autumn Two, we had a new face in the class, Miss Zahran. Miss Zahran, who was the Year 1 class teacher, moved into the EYFS team and is now the full-time class teacher, however the rest of the team is still the same.
In Literacy this half term, we looked at a number of books including Dear Zoo, Dear Santa and Goldilocks and Three Bears. We started to introduce Talk4Writing to the children, this is to help the children learn the story through actions. Talk4Writing has really helped the children understand the story without always depending on the words to aid our story-telling.
In Maths, we have continued with consolidating our understanding of numbers up to10 and started to find out about shapes. Shapes is a big part of the EYFS curriculum and being able to identify shapes in our environment. Some children are now spotting circles in clock faces, rectangles on doors and so on. This is key to the development of their Mathematical brains. In PE, the children have continued with their Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) with Mr Coates and will continue to do so for the rest of the school year. Towards the end of the year in Summer Two, the children will be putting these FMS into actions through games getting them ready for the Year One curriculum.
In JIGSAW, the children have been looking at the theme of ‘Celebrating Differences’ from people to houses, backgrounds to beliefs which links also to our Religious Education unit of Special Times. The RE and JIGSAW lessons have been used in a way that link Literacy (Christmas Stories), Music (Nativity), RE (Special Celebrations) and JIGSAW (Celebrating Differences) all together in a cross-curricular approach.
In Music, the children have been practicing their Nativity songs which will be sung in a Christmas concert style nativity. More information is to follow. Sadly we can’t have you in school at the moment to watch the Nativity so for this reason the performance will be recorded and send out in DVD packs towards the end of the year.
In Computing, the children have started to look at programming through BeeBots. This is the entry level of programming where the children are able to view a BeeBot, enter digital instructions for the floor robot to move. These will also then be placed within our provision areas for the children to investigate independently.
The provision within the classroom is changed on a regular basis to link to learning within Literacy, Maths and all other subjects to promote independent learning.
Pictures of our learning go up on our school Twitter everyday.
First of all, we would like to wish all our Gruffalo class and their parents and carers a Happy New Year. Hopefully this year will be slightly easier than the last. During the Spring Term we are planning on looking at a number of different stories in our English and Talk 4 Writing sessions. The stories we’ll be using in class are: The Gruffalo’s Child & Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, The Big Pancake, The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and many more. We will be looking at these books in depth and creating actions to help our story telling and also to broaden our vocabulary. The themes of the books will also then be introduced into our continuous provision and themed rooms.
In Maths, we have completed our learning of the numbers to 10. We will be consolidating these numbers through Maths warm-ups and provision. We will be learning more about shape, positional language, sharing out (division), patterns and sequencing along with time.
It is at this point, we would like to encourage that you talk to your children about time using clocks and watches at home. The more that is done, the more the children become familiar with them and the quicker they will pick up this important life skill.
In phonics, we will be consolidating our learning of the first sounds that we need to know ‘ S, A, P, T, I N, D, M, O’ and then moving onto tricky words. The children have already learnt ‘to, into, the, go, no and I’ and are applying this to their writing. We will continue with recognizing and practicing our names, something that we are getting really good at along with how to use our pencils and scissors properly.
Fundamentals with Mr Coates is lots of fun! We have been practicing our running, jumping, throwing, hopping and kicking. We have been using the hall to do our Fundamental Movement Skills. This is really helping us with our gross motor and fine motor skills.
In terms of outdoor provision, through Forest School we will be encouraging our children to explore the great outdoors, observe seasonal changes and really investigate the different challenges that only the outdoors can offer.
In Jigsaw as part of our PSHCE and HRE curriculum we will be learning about goals and dreams and how we can achieve them up until the February half term. After that we’ll be looking at healthy eating and what we can do to live a healthy life. We will be trying lots of different fruit and vegetables to promote healthy foods, which is always fun!
In Religious Education, we have been learning about various cultures and religions. How people differ. We will continue to learn more about religions and cultures using stories to promote the children’s understanding of the World.
As part of Music, EYFS will be investigating through musical games, the musical elements dynamics and timbre. The children have learnt the names of several percussion instruments and how to play these with respect so will be able to apply these.
Provision is a big part of Early Years and it is where can investigate all the different areas of learning. We have three learning rooms, filled with unique opportunities for learning. These different learning areas help us progress in all 17 areas of the Early Years Curriculum.
Here are some helpful websites that you can use at home as well.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – EYFS children are mainly on Phase 2 in the first term and
then Phase 3 after Christmas.
https://www.learningblocks.tv/numberblocks/activities – EYFS children have learnt up to
number 10 so far, however these activities will be good for consolidating learning.
https://www.learningblocks.tv/alphablocks/activities – Most EYFS children have and or are
well on their way to learning the Level 1 first phonic sounds. However, Level 1 & 2 activities
would be good for the children to complete.
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