Welcome to Early Years! We have 3 experienced teachers, Miss Pateman, Mrs Stagg and Mr Lester, and are also supported by our fantastic team of teaching assistants. We have a huge learning space to explore and make the most of every day, spread across three classrooms and our outdoor area. We split into smaller groups with specific adults for parts of the day, and learn through a mixture of adult-led and child-led learning.
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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, Whatever Next. 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.
Communication & Language - This term we will be developing our use of conjunctions whilst speaking, using words like and, when, if and because to link our ideas together. We will also work on using the past tense correctly to talk about things that we have done. We will be listening to a range of animal poems as well as reading and acting out our core story, Dead Zoo - and this, in turn, will introduce us to lots of new vocabulary, using words like fragile, heavy, fierce, danger, grumpy, habitat and perfect. We will also continue to develop our wider vocabulary through circle time, Word of the Day and lots and lots of talking!
Personal, Social & Emotional Learning - This half-term we will be meeting our next learning superhero, Ralph Reflectiveness, whose powers are planning, reviewing, evaluating and revising. Linked to our learning around animals we will be discussing how we should treat and care for animals, and then putting this into practice in our pet shop role play area.
Physical Development - In our weekly sessions with Mr Butler we will continue to work on spatial awareness, finding space, moving towards and away from each other, and travelling and stopping with control. We will continue with our Dough Disco and daily Funky Finger Challenge to support the development of our fine motor control. This will then support us in improving our handwriting and scissor skills, so we can draw, write and cut precisely!