Welcome to Inkpen Class – Foundation
Class Teacher: Mrs Wilkinson
TA: Mrs Townsend
Here you will be able to find out what is happening in our class as the year progresses, I hope you find this useful.
We generally work on a topic based curriculum linked to our literacy theme.
STAR OF THE WEEK
October 2017 –
- Daily routines
- Forest School
What is forest school?
Summer and Winter kit list
- 2017 plan map
- parent letter September 2017
- Up and coming events – please look at the calendar on this page to see what is happening in Inkpen class.
Autumn Term 2, 2017:
I hope you have all settled in to school life. the first few weeks of school are always a tricky time of life for all the family as everyone adjusts to new routines. We hope that you find us friendly and supportive and that you are all beginning to feel a part of our school life.
This term our topic is Celebrations. There are lots of global celebrations of light for us to investigate this term helping us discover other festivals and traditions. The children in the class have done a wonderful job so far, getting to know each other and learning to play together nicely. They took new routines in their stride and are learning fast. In the first week we will be continuing our Diwali celebrations and looking more at the people who celebrate it and how. We will learn about why we have fireworks on 5th November and why we wear poppies. We hope to visit the Environment Centre in Sutton Courtney, looking at how animals survive the winter, so please volunteer when you see the letters with more information on this. Finally of course, we will be celebrating Christmas this term with a finale Nativity to finish the term. Along with Christmas we will look at Hannukah. If you and your children take part in these celebrations away from school we would love to see your photos, either on Tapestry or in hard copy. The children love to stand up in front of their friends and tell them all about what they have been up to.
Personal, Social and Health Education
This continues to be a priority teaching this term as the children continue to settle into school life. The children will begin to understand themselves and how to get along together, this learning will underpin all other learning and continue throughout the year.
Literacy and Communication
We will be using our topics to enhance our literacy, using stories and non-fiction to find out more.
Phonics and Reading
The children will continue to take home story sacks, reading books and reading journals. Please take the opportunity to develop your own and your child’s interest in stories and reading, we continue to endeavour to instil a lifelong love of books and stories with all our families. The children receive a directed phonics session everyday at school to enable them to begin to read for themselves and begin their own love of stories. We will continue to work on single letter sounds and blending these to read simple words. The children are also learning to segment words into all their sounds in order to write simple words phonically.
We will be working on developing our recognition of numbers 1-20 and knowing one more or one less than a number. We will have fun with patterns and shape, exploring and investigating properties, along with learning about measure and beginning to look at money and time. Once the children are settled we will begin our “Beat That” weekly challenge. Each week the children work towards answering ten questions based on their knowledge of numbers. You will receive a copy of the challenge your child is working towards. As well as this your child will be practising their “Learn It” challenge. These are number facts to learn by heart. The first one is “double 1”.
Also, please continue to look out for fun maths activities to do at home. These are in your green book.
Understanding the World
We hope to tap into the children’s natural curiosity for the world around them and hope that our theme of celebrations will encourage the children to have fun with literacy. Additionally, each fortnight the Foxes and Squirrels will spend an afternoon in Forest School, based in the community woodland. Here they will learn about the creatures in the wood and how they survive through structured play and fun activities, lead by the children’s own curiosities.
We are very excited about the start up a community allotment in the West Hanney allotments. This is available for all parents in Pre-school and Reception. You should all have received an email about plans for this project, if you didn’t then they have been added to the top of this page. The digging has begun and this term we need to plant bulbs. If you have any bulbs left over then please come along and help us plant them in the allotment (or you could just send them into school and we will plant them during our allotment afternoons). If you have a spare afternoon and would like to help out at the allotment please let me know as we can be flexible with our timetable.
Our topic of celebrations lends itself nicely to learning about other faiths and seeing how they compare to Christianity and each other.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk about your child with one of our team then please let us know.
Mrs Sharon Wilkinson
Mrs Sharon Townsend
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