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Weekly Update!

Week beginning 16.03.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics sessions this week we are learning the new sounds 'or' (as in for), 'ur' (as in nurse), 'ow' (as in cow) and 'oi' (as in spoil). We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our new sounds. We will also be focusing on our sight vocabulary 'they', 'all' and 'are'.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be exploring 3D shape names and properties, using vocabulary such as solid, 3D, 2D, cube, cuboid, pyramid, cylinder, sphere, edge, corner, face, same and different. We will be creating pictures with the shapes, playing games and going on shape hunts in and around our foundation stage learning areas. 

 

Parents could...Go on a 3D shape hunt with their child at home. How many cubes can you find? How many spheres? Which shape did you find the most of? Which shape did you find the least of? etc You could take pictures of your shape hunt findings and upload it to your child's Tapestry Learning Journal!

 

Week beginning 09.03.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics sessions this week we are learning the new sounds 'oa' (as in goat), 'oo' (as in book), 'oo' (as in zoo) and 'ar' (as in car). We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our new sounds. We will also be focusing on our sight vocabulary 'was', 'my', 'you' and 'her'.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be exploring combining two groups or finding out how many altogether. We will be doing this using a range of resources both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Parents could...Help their child find the total of two groups by adding the spots on a domino, adding the spots on two dice, making 2 piles of toys and finding out how many altogether.


 

Week beginning 02.03.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics sessions this week we are learning the new sounds 'ai' (as in rain), 'ee' (as in tree) and 'igh' (as in high). We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our new sounds. We will also be focusing on our sight vocabulary 'he', 'she', 'me', 'we' and 'be'.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be exploring data collection. We will be creating pictograms to collect and record data such as our favourite sandwich filling, the colour of our eyes etc and discussing our findings.

Week beginning 24.02.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are revisiting our new sounds 'ch' (as in chick), 'sh' (as in ship), 'th' (as in think) and 'ng' (as in string). We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our new sounds and sight vocabulary.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be exploring numbers up to 10 using a tens frame (a grid with 2 rows of 5 squares) and then teen numbers using 2 tens frames. We often make our own frames using all kinds of resources such as crates and tyres outside or recycled pots/containers inside. The frames can also be filled with any object, balls or cones outside and bottle tops or pasta pieces inside. 

 

Parents/carers could...have a go at creating a tens frame with their child and then finding 10 objects to place on or in the tens frame. Can you give the children a number to 10? Can they show you the number using the tens frame?

Week beginning 10.02.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are introducing the new sounds 'ch' (as in chick), 'sh' (as in ship), 'th' (as in think) and 'ng' (as in string). We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our new sounds.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be exploring pattern. The children will be continuing simple 'AB' and 'ABC' patterns such as 'red, blue' or 'train, car, boat' as well as copying patterns and creating their own simple patterns. There will be lots of different opportunities to explore patterns in both our indoor and outdoor area using a variety of resources such as natural loose parts (pinecones, conkers, leaves) and musical instruments. The children will be encouraged to talk about patterns they can see and describe them, spot any mistakes in a pattern and begin to record a pattern.

 

Parents/carers could...consolidate our work on pattern at home by making fruit kebabs with the children. This would provide a fun, shared activity in which to practise counting pieces of fruit to find a total as well as creating a repeating pattern with the fruit. We'd love to see your work at home too, so remember that you can take pictures of your kebabs and upload them to your online Tapestry Learning Journal.

 

Dates for your diary...

 

10.02.20 Maths Workshop (for the Early Years Foundation Stage) at 3:15 in Castle and Batch base rooms.

Week beginning 03.02.20

 

This week...

 

We are looking after our chicks that hatched last week and observing them as they grow!

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are consolidating the formation of our  letters as well as writing our high frequency words (as seen on the butterfly sheet sent home) and sight words (as seen on the rocket words sent home later this week).

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will explore how numbers are made up of smaller numbers or parts. We will be exploring different ways to represent our number bonds to 5 as well as solving problems such as 'if we know the parts are 3 and 2, what is the whole?'.

Week beginning 27.01.20

 

Reminders...

 

Mathletics homework: Please log onto your child's Mathletics account every Monday to see their new weekly homework. The tasks aim to consolidate their maths learning in school and are a great way for learning to be shared with your child at home.

 

Twitter: Our Foundation Stage twitter account (@BatchEyfs) is a way for us to share information about children's learning in school and to communicate other information related to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). If parents would like to contact staff please could they do this either in person, via the phone, or email and not though the twitter account- thank you.

 

This week...

 

We are looking forward to hopefully watching the eggs in our incubator hatch and beginning to care for some chicks!

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are consolidating the reading and writing of words that include the letters previously taught.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be thinking about the ways we can represent quantities of numbers. We will explore how numbers are made up of smaller numbers or parts. The children will learn that numbers can be made up of two or more parts that may be equal or unequal i.e. 6 = 5 + 1      6 = 6 + 0

 

Dates for your diary...

 

28.01.20 The Explorer Dome is visiting us. This will enable the children to find out more about our planet and the solar system. The Explorer Dome is a travelling educational science show that our EYFS children have enjoyed in previous years. They will have the opportunity to watch the science show and ask questions.

Week beginning 20.01.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are consolidating the reading and writing of words including the letters 'e, u, r, h, b, f' as well as reviewing the letters and sounds previously learned.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be thinking about the ways we can represent quantities of numbers. We will support the children to understand that each number is one more than the previous number by building step patterns. We will explore how numbers are made up of smaller numbers or parts. The children will learn that numbers can be made up of two or more parts that may be equal or unequal i.e. 6=5+1      6=2+2+2

Week beginning 13.01.20

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are consolidating the reading and writing of words including the letters 'm, d, g, o, c, k, ck' as well as reviewing the letters and sounds previously learned.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on 'subitizing', where the children will be able to recognise the total of small quantities of objects without counting them i.e knowing the number of spots on a dice.

Weekly Update: Week beginning 06.01.20

 

Happy New Year! We hope you have all had a good holiday. We're looking forward to starting a new year and new term with the children. Our overview this term is called 'S is for Stories, Stars and Scientists' and is attached to our class page for parents and carers to view.

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we are consolidating the reading and writing of words including the letters 's, a, t, p, i, n' as well as reviewing the letters and sounds previously learned.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on positional language such as 'on, over, behind, next' etc. Many of the activities available to the children during our continuous provision will offer opportunities to use this language i.e by building an obstacle course and guiding a friend around it using positional language.

 

Dates for your diary...

 

08.01.20 We have an incubator being delivered as we will be looking after some eggs this term before watching them hatch and hopefully caring for some chicks. 

 

Week beginning 09.12.19

 

All the children received their Mathletics log in cards last week and have hopefully enjoyed completing the homework activity set for them. If you have experienced any problems using Mathletics please see Mrs Smith or pass on a message via one of the Foundation Stage Team. A new Mathletics homework will be set this week.

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be revisiting all the letter sounds learned so far. The children will revisit the letter name, sound and how to form the letters using the ditties. We will model reading and writing words using sound talk. 

We are also focusing on the sight vocabulary 'the' 'to' 'I' 'go' 'no' and 'so'.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on number and place value. We will be counting objects carefully, counting groups of objects and matching numerals to the quantity and creating number lines with numerals to 10.

 

Dates for your diary...

09.12.19    All Nativity costumes to be in school and named please.

12.12.19    9:30am Nativity Performance

12.12.19    6pm Nativity Performance (children to come in to school at 5:30 to prepare).

 

Also...

A daily shared reading experience can have a huge impact on the development of your child's reading progress. This could include you reading a story to them, sharing the reading books sent home from school or your child reading one of their favourite books to you using pictures as prompts.

Please also ensure your child brings in their book bag with their reading books and reading record books in daily. If your child has read to Story Bear, please ensure they bring it back to school the next day. The children know where Story Bear lives in the classroom and is encouraged to put the bears back independently in the morning.

Weekly Update: Week beginning 25.11.19

 

This week...

 

We will be reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears which will inspire our play in the Role Play Area.

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be revisiting all the letter sounds learned so far. The children will revisit the letter name, sound and how to form the letters using the ditties. We will model reading and writing words using sound talk.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on number composition. We will identify smaller numbers within a number and understand that groups combine to a total. We will be using the expression 'part, part-whole' to explain this to the children, i.e 2 (part) and 4 (part) is 6 (whole) but also that 1 (part) and 5 (part) is 6 (whole) etc.

Weekly Update: Week beginning 11.11.19

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be introducing the new letter sounds e, u, r and h. The children will learn how to form the letters as well as match objects with the same initial sounds. We will also be blending the sounds together to read words and modelling writing the sounds to write words.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on our maths reasoning skills and playing games such as 'What's in the box' where children predict what object is placed in the box and explain their choice i.e. i think it might be... because.........  OR i dont think it would be a....because...

 

Dates for your diary...

Friday 15th November 'Seasons' art exhibition in the library 3.15-4.00pm

Weekly Update: Week beginning 04.11.19

 

We hope you've all enjoyed your half term holiday and feel refreshed and ready for Term 2.  This term our theme is called 'W is for wonder, walks and winter'. We're looking forward to welcoming the children back to school for an exciting and busy term!

 

This week...

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be introducing the new letter sounds g, o, c, k and ck. The children will learn how to form the letters as well as match objects with the same initial sounds. We will also be blending the sounds together to read words and modelling writing the sounds to write words.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be working on recognising a small number of objects or quantities without the need to count them. This will be done in a range of contexts such as a number of cubes, spots on a dice, holes in the Numicon Pieces etc.

 

Dates for your diary...

Thursday 7th November is our Book at Bedtime at 5:30pm.

 

Friday 15th November Whole School Painting Presentation in the Hall after school until 4pm. Come along to see the work your child has created with their painting skills and see the work of the other year groups across the school.

 

Friday 8th November is the deadline for Christmas card orders. Please hand any order forms into the staff on the door in the mornings.

Weekly Update: Week beginning 14.10.19

This week...

 

Thank you for supporting your children to come into school independently last week, saying goodbye at the Rainbow Room door really does help to avoid congestion in the corridors and classrooms and helps your child to feel independent.

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be introducing the new letter sounds l, m, n and d. The children will learn how to form the letters as well as match objects with the same initial sounds. We will also be blending the sounds together to read words and modelling writing the sounds to write words.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be continuing to talk about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties as well as exploring length by comparing and ordering objects.

 

Dates for your diary...

 

Friday 18th October- INSET day

Weekly Update: Week beginning 07.10.19

 

This week...

 

The children are now confident with the classroom routines and should come into the Rainbow Room independently to avoid congestion in the corridors and classrooms. It will also help your child to feel independent.

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be introducing the new letter sounds s, a, t and p. The children will learn how to form the letters as well as match objects with the same initial sounds. We will also be blending the sounds together to read words and modelling writing the sounds to write words.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be talking about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties as well as exploring length by comparing and ordering objects.

 

Dates for your diary...

 

Wednesday 9th October 2pm Reading, Writing and Phonics workshop for parents.

 

Thursday 10th October afternoon walk to the Batch.

 

Friday 11th October Family Friday

Weekly Update: Week beginning 23.09.19

 

This week...

 

We are looking forward to having the full Reception cohort in during the morning sessions this week where they will meet the rest of their Foundation Stage friends.

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be playing lots of listening games as well as singing various alphabet songs and nursery rhymes.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be singing lots of counting rhymes.

 

Attached to this update is Pie Corbett's Reading Spine (Nursery-Year 1).

The reading Spine offers a list of good quality, inspirational books which we aim to read aloud to the children many times over the year so that they have experience of listening to great reading material. This then gives children a bank of stories that eventually they can retell. It also gives them fantastic scaffolding to build upon in order to create their own stories. You may already have some of these book titles at home but if not why not try finding them at your local library.

 

Are you following our Twitter account? You can find us @BatchEyfs where you can find information and pictures about your children's learning here in the Foundation Stage at Castle Batch. Also watch out for our #Year of reading where we will be tweeting about all our reading related activities.

 

Date for your diary...Our Reading and Writing parents workshop is Wednesday 9th October. There will be lots of information about how you can support your child to read and write at home as well as free resources given out which children will use throughout the year. The children will be helping us to run the workshop and will be showing their parents some of the activities we do in school in reading and writing so we hope to see as many of you there as possible!

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The Foundation Stage Team

Weekly Update: Week beginning 16.09.19

 

We had a fantastic first week with the children last week and we were so impressed at how independent so many of the children were and how quickly they settled when coming into school.

 

This week...

 

We will be visiting our 'Forest School' area within school on Friday so please ensure your child has a waterproof coat and trousers/waterproof all-in-one as well as welly boots as we will go come rain or shine!

 

Phonics:

During our daily phonics session this week we will be playing lots of listening games as well as singing various alphabet songs. Below is a link with one of the alphabet songs we have been singing at school.

 

Maths:

During 'maths chat' this week we will be singing lots of counting rhymes.

 

Be sure to check the weekly update link on the Foundation Stage class page each week where you find a summary of your child's learning for the week as well as messages from the Foundation Stage team.

Update for week beginning 09.09.19

 

Firstly we would like to say a big hello and welcome to all of our new Foundation Stage children and their families this term. We are really looking forward to getting to know you all and to the year ahead of us!

 

Each week we will post an update on this page to inform you of the children's learning for the week ahead. This may also include things you can do to support your child as well as information specifically related to whats going on in the Foundation stage classes so please do check in weekly.

 

As well as information we will also upload photo's of the children engaging in their learning. This week we will be sending out permission forms for photos to be displayed on the website and on Twitter. Until this form has been signed and returned to school we are unable to display your child's photos.

 

This week...

We will be playing lots of 'getting to know you' games and settling into the routines of the day. 

For your information, each morning the children will be greeted by a member of the Foundation Stage team at the door, after which they can put their book bags into the boxes in the rainbow room before putting their water bottles in the classroom and hanging their coats on their peg in the corridor. Then they can register for the day by picking up their name card in the classroom and sticking it onto their food choice for the day before choosing an activity set up in the classroom. 

 

A reminder of things to be in school at all times...NAMED waterproofs, wellington boots and PE kit.

Things that need to be brought into school daily...book bags, water bottles and coats.

 

This week the children will be bringing home a book from our reading area in the classroom. This is a book for the adults to read to the children and share. The children will be able to keep the book for a week and then swap it for a new book the following week. Story Bear will come home with your child on the day they do their group reading. Please share the book with your child and Story Bear before returning the Bear to school the following day. If Story Bear doesn't get returned it means that another child misses out the following day.

 

The children made a fantastic start on their first day and we are looking forward to the rest of the week.

 

The Foundation Stage Team

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