Welcome to Pelican
The adults who support our learning are Mrs Hayter, Mrs Morris and Abby.
A key importance of Early Years education is children learning through play. The learning environments of the Foundation Stage will be adapted each term to meet the needs and interests of children, and to encourage the development of a range of skills. As a team, we will support each child’s learning through adult interaction and the enhancement of play.
What is on the Plate?
This term there will be a focus on progressing learning in the following areas:
Literacy (Reading and Writing)
Expressive Arts and Design
Knowledge of the World (The World)
We will continue to use “Objective Led Planning” as a key learning strategy. This method takes learning directly to the children during their play, rather than taking them away from play to complete adult directed tasks. For example, a focus may be on literacy and the development of writing or mark making skills. Firstly, we will observe the child while engrossed in play, before joining in and becoming part of that play. Through this interaction, we can then encourage and enhance play (at an individual level), and incorporate writing into the theme. The ‘objective’ for learning will be the same for a number of children, however, the outcomes will be very different. We may, for instance, see children labelling drawings of a Lego house that they have created, writing instructions for a game they have invented, writing recipes for playdough cupcakes or even writing stories using chalk on the playground floor!
The majority of our curriculum is based around children’s specific interests, however, during the Spring term our overarching theme will be: "What Grows?"
Please see the curriculum section for further details.
Books for Bedtime
We launched our ‘Books for Bedtime’ program at the beginning of the year and are hoping to encourage a love of reading for our young learners. Children can choose their own ‘bedtime books’ and these can be changed as often as you like. Remember, these are books for you to enjoy together and we do not expect children to be able to read all of the words! Talking about events in the story and asking questions about the characters and settings is also a good way to help your child develop essential reading and comprehension skills.
Children will participate in fun filled, daily phonics sessions. Initially, we will be working on Phase 3 sounds and learning to read and write simple sentences.
It is important that children learn the correct sound for each letter (or group of letters such as sh, ch, igh), rather than saying the letter names (A, B, C...). This will help children to hear and identify sounds in words when blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
We will be sending home weekly phonics sounds for you to practise at home together.
There is a brilliant website that you can use to help practise all of these skills at home. It can be found here at www.phonicsplay.co.uk. Remember to click on Phase 3.
Authors for this term include:
Eileen Browne (Handa's Suprise, Handa's Hen)
Sue Hendra (Supertato)
Jez Alborough (Eddie and the Bear, Duck in the Truck)
We will also be looking at the traditional tale of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk'’ and will use this to support mathematical learning as well as develop our ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies.
Daily 'Mastery Maths' sessions will be taught each morning with children practising and learning a range of mathematical skills. We will also continue with our 'Mastery Maths Mondays' where the provision in all areas is enhanced to develop mathematical understanding of concepts such as addion, subtraction, partitionaing.
This term we will be focussing on securing the skill of addition and subtraction and will be introducing children to doubling, halving and problem solving.
We will be looking measuring (height, weight, capacity) through a range of stories and our growth theme.
Throughout the year children will be learning to use and recognise specific Mathematical vocabulary:
Numeral: a symbol denoting a number (1, 2, 3…)
Number: a value or an amount
Digit: the numeral 23 is made up of the digits 2 and 3
Subitising: without counting- the ability to look at a small group of objects and know how many are there without having to count them.
A website that can be used to practice a range of mathematical skills is www.topmarks.co.uk . Search for “ topmarks early years” to find a fantastic selection of interactive resources.
PE kits are needed on a Thursday and Friday
Children should to come to school on a Thursday and Friday morning wearing their PE kits (includiong suitable footwear such as trainers or plimsolls), ready to start lessons straight away. Please remember to make sure that all items of clothing (including shoes) are named and children are not wearing any jewellery. School uniforms should be brought in a bag for children to change into following PE sessions.
Reading and Homework
Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned to school on Monday mornings. Homework will reflect learning that has taken place over the week, or will ‘pre-load’ learning planned for the following week.
Phonics homework will continue to be sent home, matching the learning covered at school. These sheets should be added to your child’s own phonics folder and built up over the year. This will provide you with a ‘reference book’ to support reading and writing at home, and give you information about our new phase 3 sounds.
School reading books will be changed weekly and we will aim for them to read with a practitioner once a week. Children will also be working within small 'guided reading' groups to progress and develop a range of reading skills.
Please support your child’s learning at home by helping them to learn their ‘set words’ and by reading regularly with them. Remember, reading should be a fun experience for children and we aim to develop a life-long love of reading.
Please ensure you child has their reading book in school everyday.
TWITTER: We aim to add at least one 'tweet' per week to share our learning with parents and carers. Please follow us to keep up to date with what is happening in Pelican!
Please also visit the school website regularly for up to date information
We have an open-door policy so please feel free to talk to practitioners at anytime for more information on topics, themes or about your child’s individual learning.