What an exciting occasion it is as the Reception children embark on their first steps into school life. The EYFS Team are so excited to work with the Oak families to begin our learning journey together. In our classroom we will be discovering, investigating and questioning the world around us. Our core values of Pride, Achievement, Responsibility, Teamwork and Enjoyment are at the centre of everything we do and we look forward to watching Oak Class develop into their ‘Bowsland Best’.
We are so proud of how quickly the children have settled into Oak Class and of the high quality learning, discovery and investigation that has already taken place. We have been very busy learning new routines, spending time getting to know each other, have begun using picture books to look at the structure of stories ad to discuss key characters, are learning the mastery of numbers to 3 and have started our phonics learning; hearing initial sounds in words.
Who we are:
Mrs Dickson (Class Teacher Mon-Weds pm).
Mrs Burden (Class Teacher Weds pm-Fri).
Mrs McClean (Teaching Assistant Mon-Fri).
Please keep checking our web page and Tapestry to keep up to date with all of the exciting leaning opportunities that will take place this year and to share Oak Class’ achievements. We look forward to seeing any posts uploaded by our Oak Class families to Tapestry to see what adventures you get up to outside of school also.
We are very excited about the year ahead!
The EYFS Team
We are two incredibly proud Teachers of both the children within Oak Class and their families. We began this Term facing another lockdown, but that has not stopped Oak Class from continuing to learn, play and grow. We are so proud of the efforts of all and their resilience to adapt and learn in new ways. We would like to thank them for all of their hard work and for engaging with the range of activities we shared. We particularly enjoyed our Zoom calls with the class- these truly were the highlights of our day. We would like to share and celebrate just some of the many fantastic learning and achievements that were achieved during this time.
Phonics, reading and writing
We have continued to learn new sounds through virtual RWI sessions. The children have continued to spell words through word time and practising writing these in a range of media. They have been practising their red words through a range of games and have kept up with their reading. We even took part in a virtual World Book Day. Staff were ‘Masked Readers’ and left masked videos of themselves reading extracts from their favourite books. The children enjoyed using their detective skills to work out who was behind the mask. They joined in from home too, designing their own masks and sharing their favourite books as well as giving the class clues of their favourite book for their friends to guess during our daily zoom session.
It is amazing looking back at the amount of maths learning that has taken place this term. We have looked at number facts, ordering numerals, addition, subtraction, shape, repeated patterns, measuring length, height and mass and much more. We even made use of the snow opportunities by building snowmen that were taller or shorter than ourselves!
Our key text this term was ‘Supertato’. The children immersed themselves in the story and were very keen to design traps to capture the Evil Pea once and for all. This led us on to think about food and what makes a balanced meal. The children also Kept a fruit diary, observing and recording the changes and effects of decay over time. They have planned, designed and made their own superhero mask and cape, thinking carefully about how their designs would reflect their chosen superpower. We also had fun making our own ‘Souperhero Soup’. We discussed how to prepare a meal safely and hygienically, practised our cutting skills and prepared our own delicious recipes.
This is just a small glimpse into our home learning. Here are a few examples of other activities that took place. The children knew the importance of getting outside, getting fresh air and daily exercise for both their body and mind. They took part in a range of activities to develop their gross and fine motor skills, as well as a range of creative activities from baking, art and crafts to den building.
We read the text ‘Whatever Next’. This led to lots of fantastic learning about space. We drew story maps, wrote packing lists of what we would take to space as well as re-enacting the story. The children produced amazing crafts and artwork that led on from this learning and were always proud to share these with friends during our daily zoom sessions.
Term 2: DT Week
During DT week at Bowsland, Oak Class designed and made their own monster puppets. They chose stencils and drew round them, developed and practised their cutting skills; using scissors to cut out the different body parts. They then had to make holes safely in their puppets to join the body parts with split pins. After they had designed, made and constructed the puppets they decorated them with different media. Once they had completed their monsters they did what all designers do and evaluated the puppets. They talked about what they thought were the best bits of the puppets and, if they were to make them again, what they would do differently. It was such a fun and enjoyable week!
This term we are mastering numbers to 4. So far we have been learning about number 1 and number 2. We are able to identify numbers one and two in their many different forms, such as; on dice, on our fingers, as a numeral, as objects and as numberblocks. We know that “ 1 and another 1 is 2” . We also know that “2 is 1 and another 1”. Using a range of resources we are also able to practise our number formation too.
Phase 1 phonics
We are beginning our learning to read journey. We are starting right at the begin with phase 1 phonics. This means we will be tuning our ears just like we would an instrument. We are listening to the sounds of the environment, rhythms of music, creating and copying rhythms we can hear and we also are listening out for and identifying rhyming words. This is all in preparation for starting our set 1 sounds soon.