Welcome to Inkpen Class – Foundation
Class Teacher: Mrs Wilkinson
TA: Mrs Smith
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
Our Star of the Week is chosen each week for demonstrating that month’s school value. We also chose a Gold Book child who has the opportunity to have hot chocolate and biscuits with the headteacher for always being ready to learn or for making fantastic progress in key areas of learning. The stars receive a certificate and golden sticker in Whole School Celebration assembly.
- 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.
Finally we are now up and running fully with our new environment, it is lovely to see the children playing and working together in our new environment. Focus child sessions are also proving to be popular and the children are enjoying spending quality time with parents. Time spent at home is showing in their progress, the children are becoming even more confident and proud of what they can now do. I hope that you are also feeling confident with our ‘focus child’ parent teacher meetings which are on going. These help us to catch up with families and help the children with their learning at home. We have already seen huge improvements this term as we really get stuck into our writing and number work as we begin to reach those Early Learning Goals.
As always we also reflect on the 3 characteristics of learning; Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creative and Critical Thinking.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Relationships: My family and me and how to be good friends.
Literacy and Communication
The children have daily circle time learning good behaviours for learning such as good listening, good looking, good thinking. Focus children are also enjoying their time at the front of the class telling us all about something they are interested in or about somewhere they have been.
Phonics and Reading
Your child will continue to receive their reading books. We will try to read with all children in the class once a week and welcome any volunteers. We will also fill in the journal when we read with your child, please could you do the same.
The children receive a directed phonics session everyday at school to enable them to develop reading for themselves and begin their own love of stories. We continue to consolidate single letter sounds and digraphs; blending these to read simple words. Along with this the children are progressing to read words with consonant clusters in them eg tent, splash, this is Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds program. The children are also learning to segment words into all their sounds in order to begin to write simple words and sentences phonetically.
We hope you are enjoying the story sacks and managing to read together in the home environment. The children generally love to tell the story using the toy provided. If you would like your book changed please return on a Friday. If it has been lost then please let us know. Please take this 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.
We continue to consolidate the children’s recognition of the numbers 1-20, recognising and quantifying them. We will also look at measurement, doubling and halving this term.
This is a series of optional fun activities which you can do with your child at home to help develop maths. Please return the books to school to receive more exciting activities to try.
Understanding the World
This term lends itself perfectly to this part of the curriculum as the children learn about animal lifecycles and plant their own seeds and plants. Hopefully we will have some vegetables that are edible by the end of the school year.
We also hope to tap into the children’s natural curiosity for the world around them and develop the children’s natural curiosities. Forest School will be looking towards the birds and bugs that live in the woodland.
“What can we Learn from Stories?”
We will be looking at stories from different religions and thinking about what we can learn from these.
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 Smith
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