This year Frogs are being taught by Miss Paynter and supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant, Mrs Harris. We are very friendly and invite you to pop in for a chat if you have any queries or concerns - the classroom door is open from 8.30am everyday and Miss Paynter will be available to speak to you before class starts at 8:40am. There is also time at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting please speak to Miss Paynter or the office to arrange.
There will be regular updates/photographs on this page so that you can see what we have been getting up to during the week, as well as important information for parents and reminders of any key dates coming up this term. There are also useful links to help with your child's learning at home (scroll down to bottom of page).
NEW NOTICES FOR PARENTS:
Dates for your diary:
Friday 16th November - PTA/Children In Need Cake Sale 3pm /wear something spotty or non-uniform
Monday 19th November - INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
Friday 7th December- Willowcroft Christmas Fayre 15:30 - 17:30
Friday 14th December - PTA Christmas Jumper Day - come to school wearing a Christmas jumper!
Monday 17th December - Frogs & Dragonflies Christmas Play 14:00 - 15:00
Thursday 20th December - End of Term 1PM finish
Monday 29th October - Group 1
Monday 12th November - Group 2
Monday 3rd December - Group 1
Monday 17th December - Group 2
It's wonderful to be back with my lovely Frogs!
This week we have been learning about Autumn and in particular, Halloween and pumpkins and have even been creating some of our own spells and potions! We have had some really interesting discussions about ingredients and came up with ideas of using witches tears, slime and even chicken toenails! We even managed to all have a go at writing down our potions and some of us went outside to mix them together in the mud kitchen.
We have also been practising our fine motor skills by challenging ourselves to choose ingredients for our spells in a fun cauldron game!
In Maths, we have been looking at Money - in particular, recognising our British coins and their values. We are experts on 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and £1 and would love to show you at home what coins you have in your purses and wallets!
Group 1 have had an amazing time at Forest School with Mr. Jones and even managed to find a Slow Worm this week!
We will be starting our new ‘Health and Happiness’ topic this term and have lots of exciting learning planned. In the Early Years Foundation Stage we plan our teaching alongside the children’s interests. If the class is really interested and engaged in a particular topic or an activity spurs them on to want to find out more, we adapt our teaching and what we are doing to match their enthusiasm!
Our Indoor Environment
A Safe and Secure Place to Learn: Clear boundaries and rules are explored with the children so they understand why they are in place promoting confidence and security. ‘If a child feels security and love they can be happy. If a child is happy they can learn’. Willowcroft EYFS staff 2015.
The Adults: The staff are facilitators for learning, where adults and children learn alongside each other. Adults listen to children and work together. We do this through Sustained Shared Thinking.
Parents as Partners: We understand the importance of parents in their role as prime educators and work with parents to build on home experiences and learning to plan next steps through our ‘Challenge Passports’. We hold information/teaching session so that parents can understand our strategies and policies.
Forest School: A wealth of outdoor learning opportunities. A choice for every child to play, explore and make sense of the world around them.
Key Worker Approach: The key worker approach is an effective way of enabling you and your child to develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the setting. The adult is responsible for your child’s development including emotional welfare as well as their next steps, which you have access to at any time.