Acorn Class - EYFS
Welcome to EYFS
Hello and welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Water Primary School. Your EYFS team includes Mrs Smith as class teacher, supported by Mrs Greenwood as the class teaching assistant.
This half term the children have chosen to learn about superheroes and we will link this with a winter theme. We are going to take a step back in time, travel around the world and design and make lots of exciting models linked with this theme. We will also have a week learning about other cultures, focusing on Chinese New Year.
We will read and discuss a range of stories each half term. These stories will be used during our literacy and maths lessons. Our focused lessons of handwriting and phonics will continue daily. Lots of children are now moving onto phase three for their phonics (where they will learn lots of new sounds including two letters that make one sound).
Please aim to bring your child to school for 8:50am so that they can take part in our fine motor skill challenges to help with our handwriting sessions before registration.
Not all of our learning in EYFS is through adult-led, focused groups. We also give children the opportunity to learn through play in time called continuous provision. This will continue throughout the year. Our provision will be enhanced with ITL's (Invitations to Learn) where special activities and resources are presented in the classroom (indoors and outdoors) in an inviting way to encourage the children to carry out tasks to help them develop and progress.
Learning through Exploration
Throughout the year, where possible, we will follow the children’s interests. We will encourage children to share their hobbies and interests with us and provide them with the opportunity to develop these interests through independent learning in continuous provision. Children will also be supported to independently apply the skills taught by accessing provision both indoors and out.
Minibus Mystery Tours
Starting this term, EYFS will have the opportunity to go on our Minibus Mystery Tour. A small group of children will be taken on an exciting adventure in the minibus to enhance the learning that is taking place in class.
Acorn Class will have PE every Thursday morning. This will last for the whole morning. Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their full PE kit. Children wear their PE kit, along with trainers, for the whole day every Thursday.
Our children will continue attending Forest School sessions. This half term, group one will attend each week, meaning that group two will attend after the February half term. These sessions take place on Friday afternoon.
Please can all Acorn children come into school in their full PE kit and group one children bring their wellington boots, spare socks, waterproof suit and hats, scalves and gloves.
Small, WOW moment slips are still available in class for you to take and fill in at home. If your child achieves something new, shares learning from school, or completes a task that you are particularly proud of, please write it on a WOW slip (found at the entrance to our classroom) and we will add it to your child's learning journey.
In EYFS, we operate our own snack system. This ensures that children are able to try new snacks and make independent, healthy choices. Please bring in £6 at the start of the new half term, to cover your child’s snacks for the full half term until after the February break. Alternatively, you can pay £1 every Monday morning. Please hand in snack money to either myself, or Mrs Greenwood so that we can tick you off our list.
Pepe the puppy will continue coming to visit your homes at the weekend. He will go home each Friday with one child. Please include him in your weekend plans and let him share in the fun you have as a family. Pepe will bring his pyjamas for the sleepover and also a notebook for you and your child to write, draw or add photographs to about his adventures with you. I look forward to hearing about his adventures.
Keeping in Touch
As mentioned, please check Class Dojo for updates, and follow our adventures on Twitter - @mrsejsmith and @Waterprimary.
Don’t forget, the door is always open so, if you have a query, please get in touch.