FS2 - Emerald
Class teacher and FS2 Leader Mrs Nicky Prescott
Teaching assistant Mrs Heather Morris
PPA cover Mrs Louise Mackenzie
30th August 2018
I hope you have all had a great summer and have been able to enjoy some of the sunshine that we have had over the last few weeks. The Foundation Stage team are very much looking forward to starting the new academic year with your little ones.
A smooth transition into school is essential for children to settle quickly and begin to move forward in their learning. We have already started this process with the induction visits your child has already attended. The next phase of transition is a home visit. Mrs Morris and I will be completing these and we will spend approximately 20 minutes with each family. As I mentioned at the new parents evening in July, they are a very special time for your children and in my experience, the children refer back to when we visited their home, time and time again throughout their first year at school. They are a very informal visit where we can chat and answer any of your questions and enjoy a short time playing and chatting with your child.
Our theme this term is ‘Finding Out'. We will be finding out and exploring our new learning environment, making new friends, finding out about ourselves and others. The role play in the classroom is set up as a ‘home corner'. The children will have the opportunity to play in a familiar context with their peers and settle into school life. Also within the classroom is a maths investigation area, a mark making area and a science investigation area all leading off from the central point of the classroom. Also within the classroom is a reading area, a construction area and a small world area where the children can explore their own narratives. A creative area and a dough area both complete the indoor provision. We will use our outdoor area on a daily basis and outside all the areas of the curriculum will be accessed. Yes that includes writing, role play and reading, along with the water, sand and large construction area.
The first three weeks of term our focus will be ensuring the children settle well into school. We will model how to use the learning areas and support the children in their play. Adults will complete observations of the children and this will support us in planning for the children's next steps in learning. We will take photographs and annotate images with quotes. Many of these observations will be collated in your child's learning journal. We will show you a Learning Journal during the home visit and explain how these will work and where we would like you to contribute to your child’s journal.
As we enter our fourth week we will begin daily phonic sessions. These will consist of looking at, recognising and writing each sound. Your child will bring home a phonic book with the sounds we will teach each week. We would like you to share this with your child and support them as they practise writing each letter.
We will explore many books around our topic and the children will learn the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. As we reach the end of term we hope to share our story telling with you.
During this term we will focus on numbers 0-20 and their value and this will be done through a variety of resources as part of our continuous provision, alongside teaching key skills.
In addition to accessing the outdoors on a daily basis, come rain or shine we will also have outdoor forest school type activities. Whilst enjoying the outdoors the children will have the opportunity to work together to complete a variety of activities. During each session we will also enjoy hot chocolate and a digestive biscuit (please see me if we need to provide an alternative due to allergies). These sessions will further support your child's learning and development, as they build confidence and self-esteem, whilst working together.
It is therefore essential that your child always has a waterproof coat in school every day. We will only not be outside if it is unsafe or extremely unpleasant. If your child has waterproof trousers then this would be fantastic also.
Reading books will be sent home near the end of term when we have completed observations. I will be running a Reading and Writing workshop on Thursday 11th October ’18 (9.00-10.30). This will consist of a short talk about reading and writing and then you will have the opportunity to join your child in the classroom for the rest of the time, - exploring opportunities for reading and writing within the classroom and outside.
The children will change for PE and this will take place indoors on a Thursday morning with Mrs Mackenzie. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Speaking & Listening
The children can bring in one toy to play with on Friday during ‘Good to be Green’ time.
We will have a planned circle time where we will explore feelings, relationships and behaviour through stories, sentence stems and games. This will take the place before 'Good to be Green' time.
If your child attends a club outside school or achieves a special award, such as a swimming badge, we like to share this news with everyone in our celebration assembly on Fridays. Please feel free to bring in any awards/certificates during the week and we will share them during this assembly.
Please continue to enjoy sharing books at home with your child. Spending time sharing and reading with your children will have an enormous impact on both their immediate and future learning. Please practise the sounds we have taught in school and support your child in practising forming each of the letters on the alphabet card and sound book we will send home.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to catch me at the start or end of the school day, or ring the office and I will return your call when I am not teaching.
Early Years Leader