Caterpillars (Foundation Stage / Year 1) 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, Miss Appleby, Mrs Browning, Mrs Knowles and Miss Smith 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. We have highlighted below the variety of different topics that we cover across the year, and when they occur. We like to keep parents 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.
Topic – Term 1
In September, we begin to explore our new classroom environments and we get to know each other a little better. Our first term, encourages us to talk about ourselves, the things that we like, the things that we enjoy and for the children to tell us more about their families, their friends and the people they care about. We will also be talking about how they have grown up and how they have changed as well as to start to think about how the world around us has changed too.
Topic - Term 2
Celebrations around the World
In this topic the children begin to learn about a variety of celebrations around the world. We talk about birthdays, weddings, christenings and how these are celebrated in different ways. Year 1 will also be diving into their first Science topic about Seasonal Changes and explaining to Santa how it is not always winter. This is also the term where the children demonstrate their singing and acting talents as they prepare to perform the Christmas Nativity.
Topic – Term 3
Jet, Set, GO!
In this term we explore the world around us…both near and far! We talk about the school environment and the things we see on our way to school. We then widen our thoughts to different parts of the UK, before learning about various countries around the world. Year 1 will be exploring colder climates and thinking about what it would be like to live there. We talk about the animals that we found in the Arctic and the challenges they face.
Topic - Term 4
To the Rescue
We learn about people who help us including fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors and the coastguard. In Year 1 will be learning about Grace Darling and the history behind the Lifeboat Centre. We are planning to take both year groups to the Margate Lifeboat Centre to learn, first-hand, about the work that they do. The children always like to talk about what they what to be when they grow up! Our science learning begins to explore plants and what they need to grow. We also explore the theme of superheroes through a variety of story books. The children love to create stories of their own and to describe their own super powers!
Topic – Term 5
This topic allows us to dive into books by retelling a range of familiar stories and to engage with a number of new authors. The children love to role play stories that they know well and to create new stories of their own. We always enjoy listening to their thoughts and ideas as they wander to far away lands of their own creation! Year 1 will begin to explore Everyday Materials within their Science sessions and they will build a suitable house for the Three Little Pigs.
Within this term, both year groups discuss the Easter Story and how this makes us feel.
Topic - Term 6
We end the year by exploring the Animal Kingdom. We learn about jungle animals, sea creatures, animals that like cold climates and dinosaurs. The children love sharing their knowledge of dinosaurs and they enjoy making their own dinosaur out of clay. In Year 1, we will be learning about our bodies and the 5 senses in Science and we will explore Judaism in our RE sessions.
Curriculum Days / Trips
Term 1 & 2
- Visit to St Mary’s Church
Term 3 & 4
- Walk around the Local Area (Early Years only)
- Margate Lifeboat Centre (trip)
Term 5 & 6
- Dance workshop linked to our topic (on site)
Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.
Caterpillars, Butterflies and Dragonflies will have PE on a Thursday and Ladybirds and Crickets will have PE on a Monday.
Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.
Reading at home
In Year 1 we would like the children to read as often as they can. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child. If your child reads every day, they will receive a certificate at the end of every 2 terms.
In Early Years, we build up their reading expectation in school and throughout the year. We will discuss this more at our Parent Meeting.
Busters Book Club
We like the children to read as often as possible but we take a data capture every Thursday morning to see who has read the night before and for how long. Children in Early Years and Year 1 should read for at least 5/10 minutes on a Wednesday evening. This data gets recorded on the Busters Book Club bookmark and teachers use this information to award bronze, silver and gold badges to ‘Star Reader of the Week’. The class with the most minutes read or most improved reading will be awarded the trophy in school Celebration Worship.
Times Table Rockstars (Year 1 only)
Using your login please encourage your child to practise their times tables. This is an excellent App you can use to promote learning. Certificates are awarded to children who complete the challenges set. This will really help your children prepare for their times table statutory tests in Year 4.
In Early Years and Year 1, the children receive a Home Learning Grid. This is a grid with a range of activities outlined for the children to explore. The tasks are divided into point values and the children are aiming to receive a given amount of points. The children can record their activities in a scrap book and these are shared with their class at the end of 2 terms.
Children in Early Years are encouraged to read often and they have strings of words to learn and number recognition to work on. In Year 1, we like the children to read as often as they can – and we can change their books daily if necessary.
We will also set mini tasks to take part in during some of their holidays and over weekends. We love to share their home tasks at school and to praise the children for working hard at home.
Phonic Screening Check
In Year 1 the children take the Phonic Screening Check in June. They will be required to read a list of words including both real and nonsense words. The assessment is carried out 1-1 with their teacher in a formal but caring way. The children will be used to reading words of this nature as our Read, Write Inc programme develops their phonic knowledge throughout the year. More information will be given at a meeting for parents and at parent consultations.
We are looking forward to a busy but fun year with your children! Any questions we are always happy to speak to you at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting, please arrange a time with the office.
Updated September 2019