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Hedgehog Class. Mrs Frost and Mrs Leader.

Welcome to Term 2 in Hedgehog Class.

Welcome back to Term 2 in Hedgehog Class. we hope you had a restful half term and are ready to enjoy the exciting learning in the lead up to Christmas!

You can view the Topic Web for Term 2 here.

 

.Our topic this term is "Journeys into our Imagination" where we will be exploring some wonderful stories about journeys, including Whatever next! Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Gruffalo, We're going on a Bear Hunt, The Snowman and of course, the Nativity story. We have planned lots of exciting activities to inspire our learning and I'm sure the children will have lots of their own ideas too.

 We will also be looking at celebrations, including a special Diwali day and the traditional customs surrounding Bonfire Night and Christmas.

 Literacy.

We will be continuing to share stories, learn nursery rhymes and play games to develop an awareness of rhythm and rhyme. After listening to stories, we will be talking about the characters, the plot and the setting and answering lots of how and why questions. This encourages speaking in sentences, develops vocabulary and gives the children a real understanding of the story.  After a lot or research and debate we have decided to develop letter formation in print style through Write Dance, mark making in sand, glitter, paint and chalk before moving on to pencils. The lead-ins will be taught later on in Key Stage One.

Numeracy.

We will continue to explore the number system through games and activities which encourage counting with one to one correspondence, understanding one more/one less from a given number and recognising numerals. Counting backwards as well as forwards is a key skill we will explore. We will also develop understanding of the properties of 2D shapes and explore pattern and comparative size.

The EYFS Foundation Stage.

Hedgehog class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the curriculum from 0-60 months or until children enter the Primary National Curriculum in Year 1. There are seven areas of development which the children will be assessed against throughout the year. Children are expected to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’ by the end of the year. This is achieved by meeting the Early Learning Goals which can be found on the curriculum link below. We work closely with families and other professionals to ensure that all children are given the best opportunities to achieve their potential. If you would like to have a look at the curriculum please click on the links below:

EYFS framework

Development Matters

Letters and Sounds - phonics.

When we are full time at school we start learning phonics with Geraldine the Giraffe   We follow the Letters and Sounds programme but also use the actions and some songs from Jolly Phonics. For further information click the link here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGpsVmWLRFA

 We will organise a session later in the term, where you will be invited to a phonics workshop to observe the teaching and learning of phonics in Hedgehog Class. We use pure sounds so if you would like to familiarise yourself with these, please click on this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

 As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to identify words which start with that sound. I spy is a wonderful game you can play at home to develop this skill. Another great game is "Find the odd one out," ie give your child 3 objects: 2 that start with the "s" sound and one that starts with a different sound. When they have learned the first set of sounds, we will learn how to combine them together to make words eg they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words eg they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters.

 For further support on how to aid your child with phonics please refer to ‘Phonics Matters

 Numeracy and Shape, Space and Measure.

The number system is taught through lots of practical activities, rhymes, songs and games and Term 1 focuses on developing the following skills.

Number recognition

  • More/less.
  • Counting out a given number from a small group.
  • Counting with one to one correspondence.
  • Tallying.

Shape, space and measure.

  • Positional language.
  • 2D shape.
  • Ordering 3 objects by height/weight.

For further support on how to aid your child with maths please click here; ‘Maths Matters

Child initiated play.

The EYFS curriculum places great emphasis on the impact of play and how this supports a child’s learning and development. We have a child initiated session in both the morning and the afternoon for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, technological skills, communication and language, speaking and listening, building and developing relationships, expressive arts and imagination. This time consolidates a child’s understanding and allows them to put their skills in to practice and develop them independently.

Reading.

 We will send story books home for you to share with your child. This is to encourage them to engage with stories, answering and asking questions about the characters, the events and the setting of the story. As you read to your child, point to the words so they become aware that words convey meaning. We will then progress to picture/photo books which will not have any words in them to begin with. The aim of these books is to develop children’s comprehension of a sequence of events told through pictures and to encourage children to speak in full sentences rather than a single word or phrase. When we have learned phonemes (sounds) and their corresponding grapheme (letter shape) we will send I spy type books and texts which encourage blending.

Please try to read with your children each evening for 10 minutes and record this in the yellow reading log. If we can see all the pages in the book have been read, we will change the book. We will ask you to read the story several times with your child to encourage them to use their comprehension skills to understand the story that they are reading rather than simply decoding the words with their sounds.

Tapestry.

In Hedgehog Class, we use Tapestry to document children’s learning and development. You will already have seen some of the fabulous learning that has taken place and we are excited to see you sharing observations from home with us too. We will be inviting parents/carers to our Tapestry Workshop which will take place in Term 1 to explain how it works and what the assessments mean.

Fruit and Milk.

All children will be provided with a snack at 10.30am daily. Children will be provided with a piece of fruit and carton of milk. Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government. Once your child turns five you will be asked to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you would like to register your child for milk please visit:  www.coolmilk.com

Lunch time.

All children will be supervised in the classroom by a member of the reception team. They are there to help the children to carry their trays, support them to use a knife and fork and encourage them to try a variety of different foods offered. All children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. Menus can be found at  www.principals-catering.com and are also available from the school office.

If children prefer, they can also bring in a packed lunch. We are proud to say that we are a ‘healthy school’ and therefore no crisps or chocolate are to be bought into school.

We operate an "Open Classroom" policy in Hedgehog Class! We are always around at the end of the day, so please feel free to pop in and see us if you have any concerns or queries, or equally if you have exciting news to share or just want a chat!

Mrs Kate Frost and Mrs Donna Leader.