Teacher: Mrs E Davies
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 then practise their letter formation . 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.
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 Thursday’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
Term 5- Circus followed by Mini Beasts
Term 6- Under the sea & The seaside
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
Term 1- Photos of the learning in Badger Class:
After reading the story of The Kindness Elves, Badger Class received letters from the elves encouraging them to carry out various acts of kindness. At the end of the week, the Badgers were sent a parcel full of cupcake ingredients and a recipe. The Badgers took a vote and chose to send the cupcakes to Bristol Children's hospital to make the nurses and poorly children smile. The nurses were delighted to receive the cupcakes and told Miss Hoddinott that they were delicious!
The children baked apple and blackberry mini muffins using apples from Christiana's garden.
We finished off a long first term by learning about how Diwali is celebrated.
Badger Class have settled in so well and are so eager to learn.
We wrote letters to thank soldiers for being so brave and protecting our country and they sent us some photos to share how pleased they were to receive the messages.
We also had our first visit to the church!
We explored light and dark this week and thought about different sources of light.
We looked at our reflection, found our shadows, played with torches and even went on a nighttime walk through the woods with Miss Hoddinott and our parents. The best part was of course stopping for hot chocolate!
We had a classroom museum displaying some of the fantastic work we have done through the term!
The children became the tour guides and made badges, made invitations, collected tickets and showed their grown ups around the museum sharing all of their knowledge about dinosaurs.
Thank you to all of the parents that came to visit our museum.
Term 4- Week 5 and 6:
Today is the first day of learning at home and I have been thinking of you all.
You should all have a resource pack where you can find activities linked to the learning we would cover over the next couple of weeks if we were still in school, and a little blurb for each subject to explain it in more detail. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I’ll be able to respond quickest through the class Instagram page- miss_hoddinott_eyfs.
I will upload some phonics videos onto the website throughout the next two weeks also.
Parents, please do not put too much pressure on yourself during this time. As well as completing what you can from the resource pack, there are so many hands on activities that will be fun for you to do together and incredibly beneficial for your child’s growth and development. For example, playing board games (great for listening and attention skills), reading a recipe and cooking together, getting out in the garden and planting seeds (perhaps they could then keeping a flower diary to incorporate some writing), doing jigsaw puzzles (good for fine motor), or designing and building a blanket fort. I have seen endless lists of wonderful suggestions and will leave some links or screenshots below.
As usual, please revisit the sounds I taught this week by completing the worksheets in your home learning packs: sp, st, tw, sm.
We are now working on initial consonant blends (letters commonly blended together at the start of regular words). As of next week, please introduce one new sound a day (Monday to Thursday) and encourage your child to read and write some of the words below (see work sheets in resource pack). On a Friday you can revisit all four sounds. You could play fun games, such as sticking the words on a wall and throwing a ball at them to shout out, or hiding the words around the house and going on a treasure hunt to find them, or writing the words in bath chalks, etc.
Monday- pr- press, proof, prison, prowl, printer
Tuesday- sc- scoop, scam, scab, scold, scar, scan, scaffold, scooter, scowl
Wednesday- sk- skunk, skip, skid, skin, sky, skill
Thursday- sn- snap, snug, snip, snag, sniff, snow, snail
Friday- Revisit all four.
Monday- scr- scrap, scrunch, screen, screw, scroll, scrub, script
Tuesday- shr- shrimp, shrank, shrew, shred, shrub, shrink
Wednesday- thr- three, throw, thrill, throat, throb, threw.
Thursday- str- string, strong, strap, street, stray, strain, street
A Youtube channel has been created to view phonics videos. These cover Phase 4 initial consonant blends, visit: Miss_Hoddinott_EYFS or follow the link below:
Phonics videos we use in school:
Literacy- Becoming Story Tellers:
After becoming so confident in retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, then innovating (adapting) the story to make it their own, we were going to spend the final two weeks of term becoming authors and inventing our own stories.
Some ways you could support your child to do this at home is:
-Act out stories using their toys (Lego, dolls, teddies, superheroes, etc). Your child could write a caption or sentence about their story.
-Use dressing up clothes to act out stories and then write about it.
-To design (draw and write about it) and make a prop to use in a story.
-To make their own story map or book.
-Play the story telling roll a dice game (see attached).
-Use a cardboard box to build a puppet theatre, make some puppets or use teddies and plan a show to perform to siblings or parents. Your child could make invites, tickets, a programme, etc.
-Make a movie- plan a story to act out and film it on your phone. Your child could then write a film review (e.g. what was the best bit?)
Please remember your child will be writing phonetically based on the sounds they have been taught. Please refer to the phonics mat in their red books to see the Phase 2 (orange) and Phase 3 (purple) sounds they will be familiar with. For example, if they write s/oo/p/er instead of ‘super’, b/a/j/er instead of ‘badger’, or k/igh/t instead of ‘kite’, then that is FANTASTIC. The only words we tend to correct the children on are high frequency words. Please refer to the yellow homework books to see the high frequency words your child should be secure in.
Please do a daily maths warm up practising number formation, counting with reliable 1:1 correspondence and recognising and ordering numbers to 20. I have put a range of sheets in their learning packs to support this, but this can be done in a range of fun play based ways (e.g. writing numbers in sand or salt, playing schools and counting their favourite toys in the register, playing skittles and counting how many have been knocked over, number jigsaws or card games, etc).
Week Commencing 23rd March – Recap Doubling (see worksheets and use physical objects to support a practical approach).
Week Commencing 30th March- Recap sharing and halving (see worksheets and use physical objects to support a practical approach).
Online games can also be used to support this learning. Please view links further down the page to gain E learning ideas.
E-learning ideas Year R
View sheets provided at home
Twinkl enter code-UKTWINKLHELPS
I See Maths
My mini maths
Hit the Button (online games)
Please practise counting objects with good 1:1 correspondence, recognising and ordering numbers to 20, adding and taking away using single digit numbers, exploring sharing, halving and doubling, recognising 2D and 3D shape, making patterns and exploring measure.
View sheets provided for home- storytelling focus.
Mr MC Phonics – Daily videos 11am
Live Dough Disco (fine motor skills) Shonette and Spread the Happiness
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Currently free- Username: March Password: home
Twinkl enter code-UKTWINKLHELPS
Continue reading the books sent home.
Free children’s stories online:
Shakespeare’s animated tales
Vooks.co.uk (free books for a month)
Audible – Free audio books for a month
Youtube- Bare Foot Books (online songs and stories)
Many authors doing video readings of their books (keep an eye out on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram).
Teach Your Monster to Read
PE with Joe- The Body Coach (9am Mon-Fri)
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Supermovers (movement breaks, concentrating the mind).
Go Noodle (dancing, movement breaks- currently free).
Zoo Live Feeds (Lots on Google)
Virtual tours (museums, etc)
The happy scientist
Science Bob (experiment videos)
Amazing educational resources.com
Look on Pinterest, Red Ted Art or The Art and Design Room Challenge (Facebook) for home craft ideas.
Zoom- You could have virtual play dates with other children in Badger Class or family members.