Dragonflies - Early Years


Welcome to Dragonfly class! Our teacher is Miss Pateman , who has joined Bedwell this year and is kind, calm and full of creative ideas! We are also supported by our fantastic teaching assistants, Mrs Avis and Mrs Nichols. We all come to school in the mornings, and some of us also stay for the afternoons as well - if you are interested in finding out more about 30 hour provison or additional hours for children in Nursery, please speak to Miss Pateman or the School Office

Home learning ideas:

  • We use Tapestry to share work that we have done in school and share ideas for learning beyond school. Speak to Miss Pateman if you're not sure about how to log in.
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read. 
  • We have daily phonics sessions which follow the ReadWriteInc scheme. They have lots of guidance on how you can support your child with phonics at home here. 
  • There are lots of resources to support learning around traditional stories available on the Oak Academy site - try starting with the The King and the Moon set of lessons, which you can find here
  • Keep practicing counting, whenever and wherever possible - you could count houses on the way to School, footsteps on the way to bed, shoes in the house, players on the team, objects in the shopping trolley, claps, nods... Anything and everything you can think of!
  • Support your child in building their imagination and storytelling, building things using big cardboard boxes and pieces of fabric, or dressing up and pretending to be nurse, doctors or parents.  

Our latest news:

  • Our focus story has been The Gingerbread Man, and linked to this we have made our own gingerbread, coloured, counted, written, drawn and read. 
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  • We have absolutely loved sharing our Tapestry journals this half term! It has helped develop our speaking, listening and communication skills. In class, many of us have been really excited to share what our parents have been putting online, and this has also helped our development. We also enjoy talking to our friends about what has been put online via the app and this has helped develop and strengthen friendships and connect us through common interests and experiences. 
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  • In the Spring Term, we all got involved in the Big Garden Bird Watch, spotting and counting birds in our gardens and making bird feeders to encourage more birds to come and visit us.
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"Relationships are warm and caring, and this helps children to feel confident, happy and safe."

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

Child Initiated Learning - we have had the chance to try out a huge range of activities linked to learning, our own individual interests and our focus story, Owl Babies. As a result we have developed and widened our friendship circles, enabling us to engage with our environment and improve our speaking and listening skills. Many of us have made fantastic progress because of this. We always look forward to finding out what new activities and challenges have appeared in our classrooms each day and are also keen to find new ways to explore, use and play with the equipment and resources around us.

This term's topics

Communication & Language - We will be reading and acting out the fantastic story Whatever Next this half-term, joining Baby Bear on his rocket trip to the moon and talking about the different places that our imaginations could take us. We will be developing our use of helicopter stories - creating our own adventures and acting them out for our friends. In circle time we will be meeting and talking to our next Learning Superhero, Eddy Empathy, whose powers are concern, understanding, honesty and forgiveness. We will ask questions and develop our use of language to explain how we feel. 

Personal, Social & Emotional Learning - We will start the half-term by talking about firework safety, making sure we are all ready to enjoy Bonfire Night in a fun, safe way. We will be celebrating Diwali and trying out lots of different Indian food, which will help to expand our descriptive language. We will also be thinking about healthy eating and why this is important.

Physical Development - We will be continuing with our ‘Funky Finger’ challenges and ‘Marvellous Mark Making’ this half-term, both inside and outside. These will help us to develop both our fine and gross motor skills. In our weekly PE sessions with Mr Butler, we will be continue to develop our spatial awareness, finding space, moving towards and away from each other, and travelling and stopping with control.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.