West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures

Reception

We will start the Autumn Term by reading a story called The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen. The children will lead the planning by suggesting activities that they would like to do following the story. Last year lots of work on Kipper and rainbows followed but this year it could be space and aliens, shapes, balloons or something completely different!. We will be planting in our outside area and looking for signs of Autumn too. Swimming lessons begin this term too. We will also celebrate Harvest in October and learn about Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day in November. Other topics will be decided by following the interests of the children.

Later in the term we will be will be launching our new on-line Learning Journey system using an app called Tapestry. Keep an eye out in book bags for more information about this exciting new venture! After half term we'll begin preparing for Christmas with decoration making, production rehearsals and much more again led by the children’s ideas.

During the Spring term we will have a focus on 'Polar lands'.  The children will hear lots of stories about polar animals and the way Polar bears and penguins have adapted to their environments.  We will look at the Arctic and Antarctic on a globe and plan lots of fun and interesting activities together. During the second half of the term, we will join the rest of the school in a Creative Arts Week, dress up as book characters for World Book Day and learn all about the Easter story.  

We'll start the Summer term by learning about minibeasts and we hope to be able to plan a trip to help enrich our learning! Swimming will begin again and we'll be preparing for Sports Day too. Topic work will continue to be led by the interests of the children.

Please click here for YR Autumn Information 2017/2018

Please click here for YR Workshop maths 2017 handout

Please click here for YR Workshop reading 2017 handout

 

Please click on the links below for information about the Early Learning Goals that we are working towards by the end of the year

Communication and Language

Expressive Arts and Design

Literacy

Mathematics

Physical Development

PSED (SMSC)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Religious Education

Understanding the World

Top Tips for Foundation Parents (click to download the following for printing)

  • Use a variety of creative tools (scissors, paper, thread/string, tweezers, chalk, pens, playdough) to help develop fine motor skills.
  • Read to your child as often as possible – any time, any place, anywhere. Do shared reading of their school books (Reception) but also do remember to keep a special time when you can cuddle up and share stories that the children really love. The more a child can see that you enjoy reading and see it as a valuable skill, the more likely your child will want to read and see the importance of reading in their learning.
  • Play games with your child. E.g. I-spy, connect 4, hangman.
  • Allow your child to be as active and physical as possible. E.g. trips to the park, playing football in the garden, running races, gymnastics/ dance clubs or going swimming.
  • Maths should be learnt in a practical manner. E.g. counting knives and forks as you lay the table, recognising numbers as you walk down the street, counting the cars which go past your house, counting down from 10 before starting a race, using the words more/less when making comparisons of amounts of sweets in a jar.
  • Encourage your child to become increasingly more independent. E.g. Being able to dress/undress, put their coat on, do up their buttons, tidying up after themselves and finding things for themselves.
  • Listen to and spend quality time with your child. Children develop their spoken language before being able to read or write. Encourage your child to take an interest in the world around them by asking questions using how, when, where, who and why.
  • Allow your child to interact with other children – encourage play dates. Social communication is one of the main areas of learning assessed in foundation stage. Encourage your child to share, play fairly and think of others feelings.
  • School can be tiring! Please listen to your child’s needs and ensure that your child gets enough sleep. 

 

Homework

Please click here to download the homework policy

Our approach to homework is one where we believe that homework should complement our learning in school and not be a stressful experience at home.

Parents are key educators in their children’s lives and have a critical influence over the success of children’s learning. We suggest that in the early stages of a child’s school life at least 10 minutes is set aside each day to talk to your child about their learning, to read with your child, play games and develop their self-help skills.

As your child moves through the Primary phase they will begin to have more formal tasks such as learning multiplication tables and spellings, projects; and be expected to work for longer periods and with increasing independence.

Homework can also be a walk in the park, a swimming trip, baking, an art activity, visiting family.

 

For the full version of the spelling lists, please click on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

   

To find out more about the curriculum we follow, please click on the following link:

https://www.early-education.org.uk/development-matters