Welcome to the Frogs Class Page
What you need to know about the Frogs Class...
At Willowcroft Community School we are proud of our caring, creative and happy environment where all individuals are valued equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We are a kind, friendly, hard working and generally amazing class. Our teacher is called Miss Stabler and our teaching assistant is Miss May.
Our topics this year:
Term 1 – All about me
Term 2- Space
Term 3- Superheroes
Term 4- Once upon a time
Term 5- Under the Sea
Our topic for Term 4 is…
We will be learning about Traditional Tales. In literacy and storytelling we will be concentrating on three stories, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. We will map the stories and learn how to retell and act them out. We will be writing about our favourite characters and drawing a describing the setting of the stories. In maths we will be concentrating on halving, sharing, counting forwards and backwards and concreting our knowledge of place value. But remember we always send out a fortnightly newsletter to keep you up to date.
Forest School – We will have Forest School every Tuesday morning altogether on site. Please can you come in wearing your forest school kit and bring in your uniform ready to get changed back into after. Thank you.
Shhh Secret readers... thank you to all the parents/guardians who have come into read to the children. They have really enjoyed listening to you! Please let us know if you could share your love of reading and come in a read us a story!
The Early Years Curriculum (EYFS)
The Reception class provides a broad and balanced curriculum which embraces the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Reception we focus on the development of the individual child and, during your child’s time in the Frogs class, he or she will experience a great variety of activities based on these seven areas of learning through structured activities and carefully planned play:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Indoor Environment
The indoor curriculum provides a stimulating learning environment and opportunities for the children to experience a quiet reading corner, interactive whiteboard, role play area, writing area, construction area, creative area, maths area and an understanding the world area. There is a wide range of resources available to the children through planned opportunities for both child initiated and adult led activities.
The Outdoor Environment
The outdoor environment mirrors the indoor learning environment within Reception and it is used daily within the daily routine. Children will be able to access resources to develop the seven areas of learning. Outdoor learning is key to developing children’s independence, physical development and to offer exploration and investigation opportunities.
How can I check my child’s progress?
Miss Dawkins will assess your child regularly using the Foundation Stage Profile which enables us to track your child’s development. Continual assessment is carried out on every pupil through observations, annotating their work, questioning and monitoring reading. Assessments are recorded in a number of ways in each child’s individual profile including short and long written observations and photographs.
Your child’s progress will be discussed at a Parents Evening in the
Autumn and Spring term.
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.