We have kicked off this term with Culture Week exploring the country of Japan and the children have enjoyed learning some Japanese language, creating wonderful Japanese inspired art, mastering Judo moves and exploring atlases and maps of the world. Inspired by this and following the children’s interest in ‘Mythical and Magical Creatures’ we will introduce stories featuring monsters, fairies, unicorns and dragons to ignite their imaginations and inspire their storytelling. For their ‘Star of the Day’ task, the children have been taking home a little magical creature for an overnight adventure and the classes have really enjoyed seeing the photos of what the creatures have been up to!
Our mathematics learning this term focuses on addition, with the children learning lots of different strategies for addition as well as starting to master ‘known facts’. Resources to support your child’s mathematics at home are available in the ‘How to support your child’ section of the website.
This term there are two Parent Forum and Coffee Mornings taking place, the first is on Friday 17th January, 9.00-9.45 exploring ‘Resilience’ and a further session on Friday 7th February, 9.00-9.45, which will focus on Maths and how to best support your child at home. Slides from the presentations along with videos of the session will be available on the website after the event.
In phonics, we are starting to teach the Set 2 sounds from Read Write Inc. as well as building the children’s reading and comprehension skills and developing their confidence in independent writing. Please remember that reading with your child every day is imperative and makes a huge difference to their confidence, enjoyment and ability in reading. We’re also checking in with the children’s ‘Red Word’ knowledge; please remember to keep teaching these at home.
Forest School sessions will continue every Thursday afternoon, and the children will be going for two weeks in a row when it is their classes turn – remember to check the weekly bulletin for your child’s sessions and sign-up to help if possible.
Where Will Your Wellies Take You? That’s the theme we are exploring in EYFS this term. During the first week of the new term our wellies took us to Redland Green where we enjoyed scuffing, stomping and shuffling through the autumn leaves. Our wellies will also be taking us into space, a forest and anywhere else our imaginations allow!
We are continuing with our phonics teaching programme and also teaching the children how to read simple CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words using their phonic knowledge. Please remember to practise the letter formation at home, especially those ‘curly caterpillars’. We will be introducing and enjoying the story of ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ with a focus on story sequencing and innovation.
Our mathematics focus is exploring numbers to 20 and using number for labelling, grouping, adding and estimating.
It is that time of year that our children will be starting to learn songs for our Christmas performance with our music teacher, Mrs. Churchill. We hope you all enjoy a very full, fun and festive term!
A very warm welcome to all the children and families who are joining our Early Years Foundation Stage classes this term. We are really looking forward to getting to know you and helping you settle into life at St. John’s.