Teacher – Miss M Hoddinott
Welcome to Badger Class, where playing is learning.
Your child’s development and happiness is at the heart of everything we do, and we feel that children learn best whilst having fun. Our aim is to feed your child’s curiosity and to inspire them to aim for the stars. We use concrete, meaningful and practical learning opportunities that support the children to become independent problem solvers, who are continuously eager to expand their knowledge and skills and have a conscientious attitude to their own learning.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum?
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
· Communication and language
· Physical development
· Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
· Understanding the world
· Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The activities will be tailored to meet your child’s individual needs.
Our approach to the curriculum helps to embed those early skills in a rich and exciting way. We teach children not what to think, but how to think.
What does a day in Badger Class look like?
Once the children are confidently and happily settled, the pace in the classroom will begin to pick up. We provide a wide range of experiences and activities, some of which are directed and some self-initiated.
The children will come into class, have registration and either practise their letter formation or have ‘Thunk of the day’ when they are given a question that encourages them to think creatively and critically.
Children will then have dough disco (a dance using play dough that encourages the use of fine and gross motor skills) and phonics.
Children will begin to learn Phase Two phonics from early in Term One. Once they are secure in all of their initial sounds and have developed a basic understanding of segmenting (cat – ‘c-a-t’) and blending (c-a-t – ‘cat’), then they will move onto Phase 3, which mainly consists of learning digraphs (two letters that make one sound, e.g. ee). At this stage, their reading and writing is really able to begin to flourish. By the end of the year, we aim for the children to be confident with Phase 2, 3 and 4 so that they are ready to move onto Phase 5 in Year One. Please see the attached phonics document for further information.
Next, we move onto literacy where the children will put their phonic skills to practice. Each term, or even week, there will be a different theme (often using a book as a stimulus) and a variety of relating play based activities that encourage the children to develop their reading and writing skills.
They then head to assembly and have play time outside with the rest of the school, where they can develop physically and socially.
After break, we teach mathematics which consists of a whole class circle time followed by a group task (sometimes adult led and other times independent).
It is then lunch time for the children. They can bring a packed lunch or depending on the day they can choose hot dinners, a baguette or a jacket potato. All of the final 3 options are accompanied by a salad bar. Once the children have finished eating, they may head outside to play.
In the afternoons we have a topic focus, where we explore expressive arts and design, personal, social and emotional learning (primarily taught following a programme called Jigsaw), physical education and understanding the world.
*On Wednesday’s the children have PE. Please ensure they are not wearing jewellery that day, have earrings covered with tape and have the full Wick PE kit.
We always finish the day with reflection, stories and songs.
In the Early Years in particular, we really value the resource of our natural world. The children can learn so much from being outside, therefore we keep the reception door open all day so that the children each get the opportunity to spend time learning outside, no matter the weather. We ask that all children keep a pair of Wellington boots in school so we can go outside even in wet weather and an all in one puddle suit that they wear at lunchtime, so they can play on the field and in the woods in the winter time.
Topics for the year:
Term 1- Marvellous Me and Autumn
Term 2- Light and Dark
Term 3- Dinosaurs
Term 4- Jack and the Beanstalk
Despite having exciting and stimulating topics planned for each term, we will also have the flexibility to follow the children’s interests on a daily basis. For example, if they spot a snail in the garden that they are interested in, we may start learning about insects, building bug hotels, measuring snail trails, etc.
How can I support my child at home?
-Give them your focused time and attention as you talk to them about their day, or whatever it is they fancy chatting about and remind them of how proud you are.
-Recognising numbers and counting objects to ten, then twenty. This could be looking at house numbers on the walk to school, counting how many items are in the shopping basket whilst in Asda, counting toys, etc.
-Name practise and letter formation. Children should be forming their names and letters correctly, using cursive writing and therefore remembering their whoosh and flicks. This could be done in sand, in flour, in slime, on paper, with finger paints and all sorts.
-Listen to your child the school books that are sent home from October onwards as often as possible, and also continue reading bed time stories to your child.
-Join in with their curiosity and imagination and have fun together :)
Thank you for visiting the website.
I hope this has given you a good insight into what happens in Badger Class, but to see more have a look on Instagram. Each day, we upload photographs to share what we do in the classroom. To have a look search our Instagram name: @eyfsbadgerclass