Welcome to Hedgehog & Squirrel Class!
Hedgehogs teachers are Mrs Leach and Mrs English. Our teaching assistants are Miss Andrews, Mrs Garsed-Warner, Mrs Shearing and Mrs Mihaylova.
Squirrels teacher is Miss Thomas. Our teaching assistants and Mrs Millard and Mrs Nelmes.
Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday. Our Forest School day is every third Tuesday.
Book change day is Monday, but please have book bags and reading record / reading book in school every day.
This Term’s Learning:
This term we are learning about where we live. We will be focusing on learning about Bristol, important people and important landmarks. These will include Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Banksy and the impact they had on Bristol, and places in Bristol designed by Brunel, such as the SS Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Temple Meads train station. We will also be learning about Page Park which is just on our doorstep. We hope to be able to visit Page Park on a walking trip and find out about the landmarks and features there. Our topic is called "Brunel's Bristol."
Our main key texts that we will be basing our learning around are "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty and "Shark in the Park" by Nick Sharratt. We will be engineers like Rosie Revere and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and will learn the storytelling text "Shark in the Park" with actions. We wonder if there are any sharks in Page Park?!
We are continuing with our "TALK LIKE AN EXPERT" project this term. Here is our key vocabulary to support our "Brunel's Bristol" topic. We are focusing in on vocabulary development and teaching our EYFS children to talk with an academic audience in mind.
Home Learning -
Please share your school reading book 5x per week and record this by signing your child's bookmark in the back of their reading record and writing the date, book and comment in the main body of the reading record. Please let us know when you reach 100 or 200 reads! We will send text messages home if your child is not being heard 5x per week to remind you to do so, in line with our school reading policy. Please continue to supplement your two school books per week with your Bug Club libraries if you exhaust these two books per week. We monitor 5 reads per week closely and will remind any families not reaching this target through text message that this is our expectation.
Our book change day is Monday, but please bring your book bag to school every day so that we can hear your child read as needed. This will be once a week in school through a guided reading group session, where we will hear your child read a new text in a group and teach reading skills. We may also hear your child read their home reading book more if we feel your child requires extra support with their phonics blending. We will hear the children read individually once a term to check that their book band level remains correct for them.
In addition, we ask you to engage with our "Home Bingo" method of home learning.
Below is our Home Bingo board for Term 5 and 6. On our Home Bingo board, we have set challenges related to different areas of the EYFS curriculum. These give you a chance to develop and display your skills to us in particular areas that we are working on.
Please use Tapestry to share your learning from your Home Bingo tasks. Take a photo / video and write a comment about the task that you are completing and submit an observation to us for each one.
When all 9 tasks are complete, tell us “BINGO!” in the comment of your final task and we will send you home with a celebratory certificate to keep! We will give these out on our Friday class assemblies.
The tasks can be worked on at your own pace. One week you may choose to do one task, another week you may do none, another week you may do two. It is up to you. We would like the Home Bingo board to be completed by the end of Term 6 please.
Home Bingo is the way that we do "home learning" in EYFS, in addition to reading 5 times a week. We get lots of useful information from this which we use to help us assess the children's development at different stages in the year.
We are really looking forward to engaging with the Home Bingo challenges that you share with us.
We love to see things you are working on at home. Maybe your child is learning to ride their bike, is working hard on their storytelling, is practising recognising numbers that they see when they are out and about, or is learning to button their clothes. Any of this home learning is valued and celebrated by us. Please send us observations on Tapestry so that we can share this!
This term’s Phonics focus is:
Here are some resources to support learning about consonant blends.
Sound mats for Phase 2 and 3 are below, as are the tricky words from Phase 2, 3 and 4.
This term’s Maths focus is:
Along with the rest of the school, we are moving away from White Rose maths for the next few weeks whilst we explore some core maths concepts with the children through their play. We need to find out if the children are working at the expected end of EYFS level or working towards the expected level in maths so that we can pass this information to their next teachers in July. This year has been very different and we expect there to be some areas to work on as the children move to year 1. The sooner we can identify these, the sooner we can plan ways to support them develop these areas through their continuous provision and play. Here are the concepts that we will be covering over the coming weeks.
Please be assured that we will do this with the children in a fun and engaging way, giving them opportunities to show us these skills whilst they play.
Letter Join and Handwriting:
Each letter of the alphabet belongs to one of four letter families:
Bug Club and School Jam:
You have been sent your login details for Bug Club reading and School Jam maths online learning platforms via Tapestry. Please continue to engage with these as much as possible.
Useful websites / apps for this term
https://tapestryjournal.com/ - keep up to date with your child's learning at school, add your own observations for us to see, get EYFS news updates and more... this will be your EYFS bible! Please enable push notifications and get the app set up. Contact us for further support.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - create a log in to access free e-books that your child can read using their phonics skills. You can choose phonics books from the age 4-5 range to supplement school reading books.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3 - free phonics games from Phase 2 which reinforce blending for reading.
https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/log-in.html - Letter Families and precursive letter formation practice.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks - get familiar with the Numberblocks! Free resources, games and videos to support number development.
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - have a look at the Home Learning resources available from the Maths scheme we follow.