At St Mary’s we offer a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interest of each individual child. We work in collaboration with parents and carers to ensure that every child is at the center of the working partnership.
We hope you all had a lovely Summer break and are looking forward to starting in Pluto Class on Wednesday September the 4th.
Please come to the green gates to the left hand side of the main entrance and we will meet you at the gate to welcome in the children. Please do come in and help settle your child for the first day, then we will ask you to say goodbye to your child at the green gates from Thursday onward.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle and a healthy morning snack. We will then provide a healthy snack for the afternoon.
During the first term the children will be exploring and getting to know the classroom. There will be a range of continuous and enhanced provision out for the children to engage with, which will allow us to see what excites and motivates them with their learning, this then forms the basis of our planning along with looking at your child’s individual next steps.
For the first few weeks we will be looking at ‘Why are we Super?’ The children will look at them selves and learn about what makes them work, reading books like funny bones and how our bodies work.
The children will have the opportunity to meet visitors who help us in the community like, firefighters, police and paramedics. The children will be able to ask lots of questions about what they do and how they can help in our community.
Literacy Maths and enhanced provision
We will be reading a range of books focusing on Super heroes, such as Supertato and Traction Man. We will enjoy re telling stories and creating characters from these well known stories. The children will make some super experiments to try and stop the evil pea and even make their own super hero vegetable.
Maths for the first few weeks will be looking at what the children already know. We will be learning about numbers to 5 and then on to 10. Counting and ordering numbers. The children will go on shape hunts around the school grounds and classroom and measure by ordering different objects by size.
We will be starting phonics the second week back. We start with Phase 2 . The children will learn three new sounds each week and a tricky word. These sounds will be sent home in a clear zippy wallet for you to support your child with at home.
Picture books will be sent home in the first few weeks to encourage your child to talk about stories and enjoy having time with you to look at books. Once the children have learnt most of the phase 2 sounds we will send home books with words in when your child is ready.
We will be holding a phonics workshop early on in the term, so keep an eye out on parent mail for a date.
PE will be on a Thursday morning and Friday afternoon. Please could you ensure your child’s PE kit is in for these days and that all kit is named. We will be doing PE inside this term focusing on gym and dance.
Useful Websites for Phonics
Useful Websites for Reading
Useful Websites for Maths
Mrs Bettiss, Mrs Board, Mrs Clark