Welcome to the Autumn Term in Foundation One with
Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Dewsnap
It is great to see the children back in school, they are all eager and excited to learn, which is lovely to see! We hope you all had a lovely summer!
A warm welcome to our new children who have started this week, the children have settled into school really well and are busy learning all the routines of the class. They are beginning to develop their own interests as well as making new friends. Thank you for all your support in settling the children into their new class. If you have any questions please see one of the foundation team, we are always here to help and support you.
Our topic for the Autumn term is “Why do squirrels hide their nuts?” In this topic the children will be learning all about the seasonal changes in Autumn. What changes take place in the environment and what changes animals go through during this time. We will also learn about traditions at this time of year: Harvest, Bonfire Night and Christmas. All of this is done through carefully selected books which encourage your children to fully engage with the topic and learn as much as possible. The books we will use are: ‘The Scarecrows Wedding’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘Squirrels Busy Day’ by Lucy Barnard, ‘Bear Snores On’ by Karma Wilson and The Nativity Story.
In phonics we are developing our listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment. We have planned lots of exciting activities such as listening walks around school, making our own shakers, exploring the different sounds instruments make as well as learning new songs and rhymes. This will prepare your child for when we learn new letter sounds and for their reading and writing.
In literacy we will be listening to and retelling lots of new stories using actions and story maps to help us. We will be repeating words and phrases from the stories we are learning, as well as talking about the key events in the correct order. The children will be looking at the pictures to talk about the characters from the story and we will be using different voices for each character.
In numeracy we are developing our counting skills so we can count to 10 and beyond, as well as recognising the numbers 1-5. When you are out and about with your child, see what numbers you can find in the environment. You might see different numbers on house doors, number plates or buses. This will give your child lots of opportunity to see what the numbers look like. Any practice will really support your child’s development.
During the term we have lots of activities planned to develop and strengthen our finger muscles to build our strength when writing. We will be having lots of fun with dough disco and funky finger activities.
Our PE day is Wednesday, we will be going into the hall to experiment moving in different ways, finding a space and playing different games. The children will not need a PE kit, we will only be practicing taking our own shoes and socks off.
Our routines and reminders:
- Library lending books are placed in the classroom, they will be available every day, please change your child’s book as often as possible. Please write the book you have chosen on your child’s reading sheet. Your child can colour in a square on their own Elmer every time they have read a book at home. Once their chart is full they can have a dip in our class treasure box. Thank you to all of you for reading at home with your child, this will make a big difference to the progress your child makes.
- Thank you to all of you who have been bringing book bags every day. It is really important to bring them to school every day so we can send home new letters and any of the children’s pictures or work.
- Can you please send your child to school with a spare change of clothes, pants, socks, trousers/skirt as accidents occur and it’s helpful if your child has their own clothes to change into. Please leave them in a bag on their peg.
- Can you please send a pair of wellies for your child to keep at school, to use in our mud kitchen and digging area.
- We have a ‘little stars’ display in the classroom, these are for you to complete to share your child’s achievements from home. These contribute to your child’s assessment and are a vital part of the progress your child will make. This is an opportunity for us to hear about and celebrate your child’s home achievements.
- Show and tell will be every Friday, the children can bring a photo or certificate etc. to show and talk about with their friends. This will help develop the children’s communication and language skills, as well as their confidence to speak in a familiar group. (Please do not send any fragile or valuable items)
Thank you for entrusting your child to us this year. We promise to do our best each day to guide your child in exploring and learning, as well as helping them to feel safe and valued.
We look forward to working with you this year so that together we can make sure your child is as happy as possible and achieve their full potential.
Thank you for your support.