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
February 2017 –
- Daily routines
- Forest School
What is forest school?
Summer and Winter kit list
- This term
What we are doing this term
- 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.
Term 2: 2017
What an exciting start to the year: resolutions, dinosaurs and time with our buddies. What more could you want at 5 years old. This half of the term we will be thinking about growing and looking for signs of Spring (we’re a bit fed up with winter – it’s just too grey!). We will be growing sunflowers, herbs, cucumbers and peas (if you are a budding gardener and would like to help us plant the seeds, please let me know), blind tasting fruit and vegetables grown in the garden, looking at changes in life and how to sustain it. In March we will be taking part in ‘The Giant Wiggle@ and raising money for ‘Action for Children’ and making and ‘growing’ our very own caterpillars. If you have any frogs spawn we would love to see it develop in the classroom, please let us know. I do like spring, there’s so much to see and do.
As part of being a diverse culture we will be having fun celebrating Mardi Gras later this month.
Reading books: We try to ensure that all children to listened to on a 1-1 basis every week. Please continue to add your entries in the reading journals so we can see how your child is developing. If they have read their book a couple of times at home and read the text with ease then we change the book. We also check their ability to read non-phonetic ‘Tricky’ words and change these once learnt – so please keep practising.
In maths we will be developing on what the children know already in number and in shape, space and measure. We will be developing our use of the ‘Little Big Maths’ program. Hopefully you will see advanced progress in your child’s knowledge and use of number. We have been sending the ‘Beat That’ Challenges home so please look out for them and keep supporting them with this at home. At the moment they are learning double/half of 1, 2 and 3 and one more/less than any number to 20. By the end of term we should be sharing our sweets fairly!
Our physical development sessions last term were a great success, the children all loved travelling along the apparatus and learning gymnastic shapes. This term will involve ball games; throwing, catching and control with a bat.
We have moved on to digraphs in our phonics sessions, these tend to be quite tricky to learn so we will revisit them again this term to reinforce the learning since January.We use Jolly Phonics to introduce sounds, this term we will continue to learn to blend sounds together to read and also to segment a word into its sounds to help us write simple words and sentences.
Our RE sessions will be based around the idea of trust and Easter.
All our work in Inkpen class is either run as a class group – lead by the teacher, small group – lead by either Mrs Wilkinson or Mrs Townsend or children initiated, as the children explore the classroom and discover their own personal styles. As part of this we have a large container in class full of recycling materials for the children to make their own models as they feel the need. A small carrier bag of donations would be helpful to stock this for the term. All donations gratefully accepted but please keep this to one bag per term otherwise we end up with a mountain of recycling to get rid of.
Forest school runs on Tuesday afternoons and will continue every week from then on. We are fortunate to have a volunteer join us on most Tuesday’s; Mrs Hackwood who is an Early Years Practitioner. However the children love to show off their Foest School to parents so please do volunteer if you have a spare afternoon to spend in the woods. The children may come to school in their own clothes on this day and must have waterproof trousers, coats and willies – even in slightly warmer weather. If your child comes to school in wellies please ensure that they have a pair of shoes for indoor use.
Could I also put a request out for spare underwear (underpants, knickers and socks). We occasionally we have accidents in class and our ‘spares’ drawer is empty.
Finally, we plan to take the children in Inkpen and Rosen class (year 1) on a trip together. Last term we enjoyed a trip to Sutton Courteney to find out how the animals survive the winter – I think stroking the (stuffed) hedgehog and fox was the highlight of the day for lots of children. On 24th March we have a trip to the Earth Trust which is a lovely day looking for mini-beasts and pond dipping. This will fit with our on-going observations of the seasons. If you would like to volunteer as a helper for the day please let me know.
The children are now comfortable in their own independence in class and understand how they can make our classroom a good place to be and learn. I look forward to seeing them develop through the term and begin to explore and show off their own learning journey.
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