Dear Year R and Parents,
We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We have enjoyed looking at your photos and videos on Tapestry of all the amazing activities and learning that you have been doing at home. We are looking forward to seeing even more.
Just a reminder that if you are looking for more ideas please check out our school home learning section where you will find links to our YouTube channel and other useful sites and resources. New videos are being uploaded regularly.
We hope that you enjoy the Easter holidays and the Easter bunny visits with lots of eggs.
Mrs Carr & Mrs Fawdry
Children will be sent home with a pack of work soon, which includes a variety of activities that they can complete from home. This will include; handwriting, number formation and some simple spellings.
Children can also access:
Which has lots of great programmes for the children to watch which are educational including but not limited to; numberblocks, alphablocks and numberjacks.
If the children complete anything else in their time off please bring it in to show us!
I hope you all stay healthy and happy. Remember that although some of us may be ill, isolated or feeling sad. We are still a big Clatford family! We'll all be back to school together before you know it!
This is where our learning at Clatford begins. We start by getting to know each other, find our way around our school environment and choose the rules that will make our time in year R a happy one. We follow the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage themes and principles which ensure each child is unique, constantly learning and will become increasingly confident.
We will do most of our learning through playing, exploring and having a go. The children are able to choose what they would like to do from the different areas of the class room. We have a Writing area, Art and Craft area, Role Play area, Construction area, Maths area, Book area, Computers and Outdoor area. The resources in these areas can change depending on the children’s interest at the time. The children will also have teaching time as a whole class, group or individually.
The Early Years Foundation stage is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development, divided into Prime and Specific but they are each connected to one another and are equally important. Our topics are currently All around us, Ourselves and Celebrations, Toys, Food, Growing and Transport.
The Prime areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional development, this includes making relationships, building our self confidence and self awareness and how we manage our feelings and behaviour. This is an important focus which is covered in everything we do throughout the school day, including lunchtimes and playtimes.
Physical Development involves health, self care and moving and handling ourselves. We develop this area through our P.E. sessions, using the outdoor area to ride, push or pull, build with construction materials, threading, painting and craft work using different tools. In our topic about food, we learn how we can keep healthy.
Communication and Language, this is experienced throughout the day and covers listening and attention, understanding and speaking.
The specific areas are:
Literacy, we learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc programme which we do daily in small groups throughout Key Stage 1. We like to tell stories and have a go at writing our own.
Mathematics we use throughout our play, we begin to use numbers in the things we are doing and learn about shape, space and measures. We enjoy making number lines and singing number songs. As we go through the year, we begin to learn about time and money, using coins in our shop. We love to play number games.
In Understanding the World, we learn about People and communities, the World and Technology. During the year we will have a visit to Milestones museum to look at the history of toys and a visit to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium which will support our topic on Transport.
Expressive Arts and Design is when we are full of imagination, acting out scenarios and stories, and making things for our play. We try other ways to create pictures, using different materials and tools. We love to move to music, make music and sing!
Our Year begins with lots of free choice play, but as we grow and learn more, we begin to have more structure to our day as we get ready for our next step….Year 1.