A reminder that the contribution for Autumn term is £7
WE ARE ALWAYS UPDATING THIS PAGE! REMEMBER TO LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR NEW PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS.
WELCOME TO THE
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION UNIT
In Reception our teacher is Miss Hopkins and our Learning Support Assistants are Miss Roberts and Miss Hanson
RE in the Early Years
At St Patrick’s we teach RE using ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’. This document is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It lays out clearly the steps to be taken in RE at each stage of every term in the Nursery and Primary Years. It provides, therefore, the foundations for improved partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the heart of Catholic Education.
We follow the Early Years Framework which focuses on 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning:
- finding out and exploring
- playing with what they know
- being willing to 'have a go'
- being involved and concentrating
- keeping trying
- enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- having their own ideas
- making links
- choosing ways to do things
Each of these characteristics underpin everything we do, and are part of the 7 key
areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years:
- making relationships
- self-confidence and self-awareness
- managing feelings and behaviour
- moving and handling
- health and self-care
- listening and attention
- shape, space and measure
- people and communities
- the world
- exploring and using media and materials
- being imaginative
Our topics change regularly based on the children's interests, as well as environmental and cultural influences. The topic for Autumn 1 is 'Why do you love me so much?'. Each term we will upload our topic plan so that you can see what we are going to be covering.
At St. Patricks, we follow the scheme Read Write Inc to teach Phonics daily. Have a look at the documents and video clips at the bottom of the page for more guidance. Reception children will begin to learn to read and write a new sound each day. Nursery will be focussing on hearing different sounds in the environment and telling the difference. We also complete a weekly 'dough disco' session. During this we manipulate playdough in different ways along to music. Dough Disco helps to strengthen the muscles in our hands to support letter and number formation. .
Our PE sessions are weekly. Children will need white t shirts, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black plimsolls. In order to support your child's independence in school. Please encourage them to dress and undress themselves at home.
We are a very healthy classroom. The children will get a free piece of fruit daily so you do not need to provide any snacks. Children under 5 will also get a carton of milk. Once your child turns 5 years old, you can pay should you wish to continue receiving a milk. We also encourage the children to drink water throughout the day. Please send your child with a named water bottle each day. 'The Friends of St Patrick's' have generously given the children their first bottle for free but additional bottles or tops can be purchased through school.
We we also give out WOW vouchers. This is so you can tell us about anything fantastic your child has done outside of school. We have sent home some to get you started but if you would like more please see a member of Reception staff or print them off from the documents below.
Should you have any queries. Please speak to myself or a member of the team at any time.
Each term we ask for a contribution to buy ingredients so that we can cook or bake things in class. Hopefully we will be making gingerbread men, gifts for Mother's Day, and porridge! This term's donation is £6.00. This can be paid weekly or termly. Please give your donations to either Miss Hopkins or Miss Roberts.
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