I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome our EYFS children to life at St. Joseph’s.
Our main aim for this term is to ensure all children are settled, happy and keen to learn! We are spending a lot of time learning new rules and routines, getting to know our new friends. We are learning to become more independent and are trying hard to dress ourselves, fasten our own coat, walk ourselves into school alone etc. I am thrilled with the attitude of our children who are all willing to have a go!
We began the school year with an ‘All about me’ topic where we studied ourselves and our families through activities such as self portrait painting and home/baby role play.
We have now moved onto Autumn, enjoying learning about events and occasions that fall during this time. We have been on an Autumn walk where we enjoyed a forest school activity; collecting leaves, mixing our own special Autumn drink and attending a special outdoor performance! We made a class scarecrow and will be making our own Autumn finger print pictures as a follow on activity to our Autumn walk.
Something we are trying particularly hard with is our Phonics. We work daily on phonics and enjoy a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors. These help develop our sight recognition of letters, both upper and lower case. Our sight recognition of tricky words. The methods and skills needed to both blend and segment independently. Finally the ability to write and make marks in a variety of manners such as on paper, in sand, in glitter, on whiteboards, in paint etc. We aim to promote a love of reading and writing, so aim to teach these skills in a manner that both appeals and encourages our children to explore and develop.
All children in class have a set of phonics cards, please can you try to work with your child on these each and every night and then sign in their reading record book. Children who practise daily both at school and at home naturally progress in reading and writing at a much quicker rate.
Can I remind all parents that snack money is £1.00 a week.
Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies in school at all times.
As the weather turns cooler (and unfortunately wetter!) please can you make sure your child brings a warm coat, hat and gloves to school each day. We venture out in all weathers so it’s best to be prepared.
Thank you. I hope this year is fabulously fun and that we provide the best start to your child’s educational journey.
Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Taylorson