How getting muddy benefits children
While many times getting our hands dirty is frowned upon, Life Education has some new facts and figures that may have you throwing your kids into the nearest mud puddle. In the report, you will see that getting dirty in the great outdoors--far from being a bad thing-- helps children lead happier, healthier lives.
Children in Reception have access to outdoor spaces every day. We also spend at least one afternoon a week on the field or in the forest school areas which can get very muddy. It is really important that children have appropriate clothes in school to allow them to participate in all areas of our curriculum.
Week beginning 13th January 2020
After reading Somebody Swallowed Stanley in Book Talk, the children were invigorated to find out more about plastic pollution in the ocean. We have watched and discussed clips from Blue Planet II. The children will be encouraged to ask questions about the environment and looking after it. We will be labelling pictures in our play and might even make our own class book about 'The Environment'. We have been learning special vocabulary such as: pollution, recycle, endangered etc.
In addition to adult led sessions which deepen children's understanding of teen numbers, we will continue making our own playdough. Children have been independently making playdough since October. So far we have measured out using cups and scoops. This week, I will give children access to balance scales and weighing scales to deepen their interaction with weight.
We will continue to do morning Yoga: balancing and holding different poses. Outside, TAs will support children's core strength development with activities involving balance and ball skills (fundamental steps to fluent writing). We will also be squeezing and stretching playdough; cutting with scissor and working on our letter and number formation.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development-
We will be caring and helping each other both in school and at home. We will be discussing why it is important to do this.
The children will be using an interactive ten frame game to consolidate maths learning. I will also begin showing children how to use Scratch Jr on the whiteboard. In their play, they can begin to make characters and pictures on the programme.
We will be looking at different patterns, including repeating patters and those found in nature (such as on shells or animal skins). Children will have opportunities to make their own patterns in various media through printing and painting.
Maps and Physical Development
This week we have been focussing on the physical skills which are needed for children to become stronger writers.
In addition to Funky Fingers, children have been doing activities that involve balance and core strength. A favourite was tree climbing during outdoor learning, which involved using arms to pulls themselves up and legs to push. Children had to assess risks for themselves and demonstrated perseverance to climb higher.
Children loved playing hopscotch this week: they had to perfect skills of balance and co-ordination to move across the frame. These skills are essential as they allow children to be aware of how their bodies are moving at a given time: this, in turn, supports letter formation (knowing where the pen should move).
We have loved looking at pictures of familiar places and talking about our homes this week. We spent a long time making a map of Highbridge and talking about road, buildings, houses, shops and directions.
Reading in Reception
We have found some YouTube videos that would help you support your child at home with their phonics and reading skills.
One of the videos demonstrates all the Jolly Phonics sounds and actions, the others show how to segment and blend words for reading.
We hope these are helpful, any problems please speak to one of the Reception staff.
Following the Burnham carnival, the school has been focussing its learning on carnival celebrations!
In Ash class, we began by watching videos of the carnival and sharing our experiences of it by describing our favourite floats to each other.
We then read a story called Nini at Carnival and predicted what would happen in the story. We decided to make our own costumes, just like Nini in the story. Children spent time designing their costumes and thinking about what colours they would need etc. They drew pictures of their ideas and some children even wrote lists.
During the following days, children were free to make costumes and masks as they pleased. They had to experiment with ways of attaching and cutting materials. They decorated fabric and some children made masks. It took a long time but they were proud of the results.
Children also decorated the stage area like a carnival float. Outside, children explored instruments and described their favourites. They were taught to make rhythms and were encouraged to dance along to different sounds.
On Friday, we dressed in our costumes, collected instruments and danced on the carnival float. The children's favourite song to dance to was by George Ezra!
We really enjoyed watching The Scarecrow's Wedding at the theatre and seeing a well-known story come to life!
Our Learning in the first half term
What a fantastic start to the year we've had in Reception!
During the first half term we have been assessing the children and seeing what their strengths and their interests are.
We have noticed that some particular areas that we need to focus on with the children included: Writing; Shape, Space and Measure; and The World.
To support the children's learning in Writing, we have been focusing on rhyme and letters. In adult led sessions, we have introduced sounds and letter formation. To support their handwriting and their fine motor skills, we do Funky Fingers (including Jedi writing, which supports letter formation). In their play, children have been mark making using whiteboards, notepads, pens, pencils, crayons, paper, chalk on the playground, blackboards, sand, maps, sticks and many more.
To support the children's learning in Shape, Space and Measure, we have been using language of shapes in adult led sessions. In their play, children have been using blocks and different construction tools. They have shaped playdough and cut shapes.
To support the children's learning in The World, we have provided opportunities for children to explore a variety of natural resources including water, sand and mud. They have played with magnets and various materials and recently discovered what was inside a pumpkin and how best to cut into it. Children were recently fascinated by opportunities to explore and talk about melting ice.
Welcome to Reception
At Churchfield Church School we will offer your child a secure and welcoming environment, in which they can learn and grow.
In the Foundation Stage our aim is to provide the very best start for your child by developing all the skills they need to become independent learners.
We feel learning through play is extremely important. We focus on all the areas of learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD) and Communication and Language (CL).Literacy Development (LD), Maths (MD), Knowledge and Understanding (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).
At Churchfield we encourage children to become independent and curious learners and our environment is structured to reflect children’s interests. We have access to a fantastic outdoor area. Within each classroom the children have opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills and extend prior learning.
During this year our Literacy will be focusing on a number of aspects. We are expecting the children to be able to recognise their name and then to be able to write their name. We will be learning all the sounds, using Jolly Phonics, each sound has an action to go with it to help the children to remember the sound. We will look at letter formation when we are learning the sounds.
Alphablocks have some great videos, games and parents guides to help your child with phonics.
In numeracy we will be looking at number. We have a particular focus on recognising dice dot patterns, fives frames and tens frames in order to develop a strong sense of number.
We use Cbeebies Numberblocks to enhance our number sessions.
We will also be looking at shapes, weighing, patterns, measuring and time.
We will be making observations of the children during their play, you will find these on Tapestry.
If you are a parent or friend of the school and would like to support the children we are always looking for volunteers, we especially like help with hearing children read, art activities and trips. If you are interested please speak to your class teacher.
It will really help your child to progress if they read as often as possible. When we start learning the sounds, we will let you know which sound we are learning and the action to go with it so you can practise at home with your child.
Also watching Numberblocks and playing the Numberblocks games would really help develop your child’s number skills.