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
September 2017 –
- Daily routines
- Forest School
What is forest school?
Summer and Winter kit list
- Up and coming events – please look at the calendar on this page to see what is happening in Inkpen class.
- Inkpen Newsletter – our newsletter will be posted to this page.
Autumn Term 2017:
Firstly, I’d like to welcome all our new children and families to our school community. We hope that you will find us friendly and supportive and that you will all feel a part of our school life.
This term our topic is Ourselves. This is a lovely starter topic for our youngest children where they explore themselves and their environment, giving them a better sense of who they are and how they fit in. The first few days at school are learning all about the routines of the day and how to be ready to learn. During the first 4 weeks of the children’s school life we will be observing the children carefully to see how they learn and how they interact with others.This will help us plan exciting topics and activities, suited to the children’s needs, for the rest of the year.
Personal, Social and Health Education
This is our priority teaching this term as the children settle into school life and begin to get to know others. 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 taking photos of the children to put up on our display boards and we will be looking at our families. If you have any family photos you are willing to donate the children will be able to talk about their families to the other children. This will be an on-going activity throughout the term. We will also be looking at our feelings, our bodies and our favourite foods. Later in the term we will link in with the Year One’s topic “The Naughty bus”.
Phonics and Reading
As discussed in our individual meetings at the beginning of the year, the children will begin 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 endeavour to instil a lifelong love of books and stories with all our families. The children will receive a directed phonics session everyday at school to enable them to begin to read for themselves and begin their own love of stories.
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”. As well as these the children learn about Space, Shape and Measure through fun activities, indoors and out.
Also, please look out for fun maths activities to do at home. These will be in your green book.
Understanding the World
Children have a natural curiosity for the world around them. We plan around the children’s interests and provide opportunities to broaden their understanding. Additionally, each fortnight your child will spend an afternoon in Forest School, based in the community woodland. Here they will learn about nature through structured play and fun activities, lead by the children’s own curiosities.
Very excitingly, we also hope to start up a community allotment in the West Hanney allotments. This will be available for all parents in Pre-school and Reception. Please look out for more information on how to get involved.
If you keep an eye on our school diary you will see that we have a Harvest Festival on 3rd October. This will take place in the church and everyone is invited to enjoy this celebration. The children will be learning a story to tell but his will have to stay as a surprise until the day! We will also be looking at the stories of Creation and Noah’s Ark.
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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