Welcome to Frog Class
'At Willowcroft Community School Foundation Stage we are proud of our caring, creative and happy environment
where all individuals are valued equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential.'
Frogs are taught by Miss Paynter and supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant Mrs Harris.
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.
Thursday 3rd September - Term 1 starts (staggered start 11:30AM finish)
Friday 4th September (staggered start 1:00PM finish)
Friday 23rd October - End of Term 1
Tuesday 3rd November - Term 2 starts
Friday 18th December - End of Term 2
TERM 1 Marvellous Me
Our first topic is 'All about me!' which is a great way for finding out about the children's likes and dislikes and about their families, friends and pets at the beginning of the school year. The children will be developing their skills and confidence in speaking and listening when talking about themselves and listening to their friends. We will be modelling to the children how to politely take turns in conversations, which is a tricky skill to acquire when you are 4 and have a lot to say! As the term progresses, the children will have daily phonics lessons and also take part in guided reading activities. They will be listening and responding to stories such as 'Once there were giants', 'Funnybones' and 'Titch'. In maths we will be watching 'Numberblocks' and practising counting and number recognition. We will be singing lots of number rhymes and making links between numerals and amounts of items. To link with the topic we will be comparing hair and eye colour and talking about height using the correct mathematical vocabulary 'taller' and 'shorter'. The children will be using their different senses to explore the outside environment and talk about the natural environment and the seasons. We will be getting creative in the art area, painting pictures of ourselves and our families. We will be making pictures of skeletons, using the book 'Funnybones' to inspire us. We have a role-play area inside and a stage outside where the children have the opportunity to dress up and act out stories, make music and dance! The children will be developing their fine motor skills through playing with playdough and construction toys, and we have well-stocked writing areas with pens, pencils and fun items like stamps and stencils to encourage the children to draw and write. In the garden area, the children will be developing their gross motor skills by running and jumping, negotiating space, playing on the bicycles and scooters and practising their throwing and catching skills with large and small balls.
All children should bring their book bag back into school every day as we use these in our Guided Reading lessons as well as with one-to-one reading. It is important that the children read regularly at home as well as at school, recording their efforts in their Reading Records, to be checked in class. This encourages the children to be more independent and organise their belongings, as well as transport letters and homework back and forth without them being lost or damaged.
Children should also have a bag on their pegs with spare clothing in case of accidents or needing to change for any reason. This MUST be in school at all times.
Weather appropriate clothing - Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school. Wellies are needed for Forest School but are also very useful for the KS1 garden in the wet weather!
Forest School Sessions:
Forest School is every Wednesday morning on a 4 week cycle, lead by Mr Jones.
Please ensure that your child has a vest/T-shirt, long-sleeved top, hoodie/fleece/thick jumper, thick socks, trousers, wellies, hat/scarf/gloves.