Caterpillars (Foundation Stage) Miss Wood
Welcome to the Caterpillar Class – my name is Miss Wood and I am looking forward to getting to know the little Caterpillars. We are very lucky to have Mrs Wenman and Mrs Nassirzadeh working with us every day. Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school, appointments can always be made at a mutually convenient time either at the beginning or end of the school day.
Our day is packed full of exciting and interesting learning opportunities - both inside and outside of the classroom, exploring a variety of activities with our friends. There are many resources available to the children on a daily basis which they can access independently to stimulate and extend their interests. The adults are always engaged in learning opportunities, sharing in the children’s efforts, achievements and challenges ensuring the children are effectively supported and providing opportunities to extend and develop learning and interests.
As well as planning learning opportunities to challenge and develop children’s learning, the children themselves have opportunities to take control of their own learning. Having an active role in their learning is key, therefore we allow the children to plan their own activities, make decisions about how to approach tasks, solve problems and reach a goal. Throughout the year the children will develop a variety of new and challenging skills. These will include maths, writing, phonics and reading, ICT, music, art, exploring aspects of the world, and role play opportunities. Below is a table which highlights the variety of different topics that we cover across the year, and when they occur. We like to keep parent up to date and involved with their children’s learning, therefore we like to share our topic work with messages and photos on class Dojo.
To support our topic teaching we hope to make the following visits this year. Further information regarding these will follow in due course.
Term 2 – Visit to St Mary’s Church
Term 3 – Visit our local area
Term 4 – Visit from the local Fire Brigade
Term 5 - Visit to Dover Castle
Term 6 - Visit to Reculver Beach
Inside the classroom we have a reflection area. This is a special place where the children are able to come and sit, think or talk about things which are important in our lives. We share worship everyday listening to and talking about stories from the Bible, as well as singing lots of lovely songs which the children really enjoy. On a Friday we have celebration worship. We come together as a whole year group and a child from each class is chosen to win the effort cup for their efforts and achievements from that week. Every child will win the effort cup at some point during the year.
Early Years Home Learning can be found on the web site as well as a paper copy coming home in book bags on a termly basis. Please use a scrap book to present your child’s Home Learning using photographs and examples of their pictures and writing. The children love to share their scrap books with both their friends and adults at the end of each term.
Children love to listen to stories as well as practising their own reading skills so we ask that you read with your child every night. The children can select books from school to listen to at home as part of their daily routine, these can be changed as frequently as you like. We also ask that children read regularly at home to you. Please see the leaflet regarding reading at home for further information on how best to support your child with this.
The children are also provided with word strings containing the 45 reception high frequency words. They will need help to learn to sight read both the red and green words and to write these by the end of the year.
You will also find maths challenge cards in the classroom which cover a range of early maths skills, please feel free to select challenges to complete at home with your child as frequently as you like.
Learning is about keeping on trying and enjoying what we set out to do! We provide an environment which focuses on effort as well as achievements. When we all learn together and from each other we will thrive in our learning!
Updated September 2018