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
Stars of the Week are chosen each week for anything from always being ready to learn to making fantastic progress in key areas of learning. The stars receive a certificate and golden sticker in Whole School Celebration assembly. this will begin in Term 2 for Inkpen.
- 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.
The children are embracing their new learning environment and have quickly adapted, becoming independent in their learning which is lovely to see. Focus child sessions are also proving to be popular and the children are enjoying spending quality with parents. Time spent at home is showing in their learning in the classroom, the children are becoming even more confident and proud of what they can now do. It is also great to see the progress the children are making and we are seeing huge improvements this term as we really get stuck into our writing and number work.
We 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. this term sees the second round of interviews which will show us how the children have progressed since last term. Time spent at home is showing in their learning in the classroom, the children are becoming even more confident and proud of what they can now do.
The children are continuing to learn about behaviours for learning through our learning Super Heroes e.g. Super Chooser, Have a Go Hero. The badges that the children earn are on display in the classroom. We are also reflecting on the 3 characteristics of learning; Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creative and Critical Thinking.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Literacy and Communication
The children are spending time on the carpet 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 blending these to read simple words such as ‘sat’ ‘pin’ . Along with this the children are learning to read digraphs (2 letters, one sound eg ‘sh’). 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
We will be thinking about recipes and how to read them, eating healthily and food preparation hygiene culminating in a classroom picnic later in the term.
We also hope to tap into the children’s natural curiosity for the world around them and develop the children’s natural curiosities. We will be going on whole class Spring Walks this term, with help from volunteers. We hope to look for the signs of Spring and find out about the creatures and plants around us during this exciting time of the year. The children will begin to recognise the creatures around them and we will think of ways we can help.
We will be learning about Easter.
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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