Hello Oak Class....
Welcome to our youngest and very special new additions to the school.
Mrs Skyrme, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bache are so excited to get to know you! Over the first few weeks of September we will endeavour to make your transition into school a smooth, happy and exciting time. We have used all of the information from your Nursery and Pre-School settings, plus the phone calls home with families, to help inform how we have created our learning environment this year. We have catered to your likes and interests as much as possible and our learning environment is ever-changing, ensuring that you are always interested and intrigued! We hope you love our indoor and outdoor space as much as we do!
This term out topic is going to be…
Each week we will focus on a different rhyme, some might be familiar to you and some might be new. We would love you to sing lots at home! What are your favourite songs? How many nursery rhymes do you know? We would also love you to listen to lots of rhyming books from your book collections at home as well. Anything by Julia Donaldson is a great place to start with rhyme!
The Early Years curriculum is divided into 7 key areas of learning. These are:
Our classroom environment and the activities planned for are carefully tailored around these areas of learning. If you would like to see further information on the kinds of activities your children will be par-taking in please click onto the Topic/Curriculum map below. Please be mindful that these activities are likely to change and adapt as we plan following the children’s ideas and interests also.
During our first few weeks at school we will be investing time into getting to know the children. This is imperative to us. We will spend time playing alongside them, observing them in play, finding out about their likes and dislikes, chatting to them about who they live with and helping them make friends. First and foremost, ensuring that the children feel safe and nurtured is going to be crucial to helping them have a smooth start to school.
To begin, we will spend time everyday looking at our visual timetable to discover what we will be doing during the day ahead, we will show children where resources and their belongings will be kept, helping them to become familiar with their new environment, learning boundaries and considering our expectations of them and very importantly….
having lots of fun!
Starting school is a monumental, happy and exciting time. However, we understand that some children (and parents alike) may be feeling nervous. Please try to talk positively to your child about school and encourage them as much as possible!
Over the forthcoming weeks we will be engaging in Phonics. Phonics is a strategy in which to help children read and write. We will spend the first couple of weeks on Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds and then we will begin teaching Phase 2 (individual letter sounds). If you would like to support Phonics learning at home, please follow the link below in order to support listening skills. Teaching children to listen with accuracy is an important skill that we invest time in from the beginning of Oak Class.
In order to share your child’s learning journey with you, we will be sending out links to your child’s individual Tapestry account over the next few weeks. More information will follow shortly..... keep your eyes peeled!
Please remember to communicate any concerns or questions with us and follow the school’s Twitter account where we very often share photos of our school day in Oak class! Please also spend time reading Mr Smith's Friday email so you can keep informed with relevant information shared.