'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 and Interventions support Miss Woodley.
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.
TERM 4 People Who Help Us
This term's topic is 'People who help us'. As we return to school, we are busy thinking about the people in our community that help us. We will be learning about the role of lots of different professions. We start the term by looking at the role of the postal worker. We will be asking questions about where they work, what they do and how. We will then explore the roles of the police, the fire service, vets, doctors and paramedics and dentists.
We will continue to have daily phonics sessions where the children learn about letters and sounds and how to blend to read and segment to spell. We have daily maths inputs and group work. The children have enjoyed watching 'Numberblocks' episodes and learning about counting, subitising (being able to recognise how many items there are without counting) composition of number (e.g. the composition of 5 could be 2 + 3 or 1 + 4 or 0 + 5), and cardinal number (how many are in a set). We read stories to the children and discuss things such as characters, settings and plot and also the meanings of words. The children also read to us, which might include making up a story for a wordless book, or using their developing phonic knowledge to blend sounds to read words.
Please support your child's learning by reading with them as often as possible, practise reading the sounds and 'tricky words' that have been sent home. Please remember to record in their 'Reading Record Book' and ensure this comes into school each day in their book bag. I check the Reading Record books once a week and if your child has read three times or more they receive a ticket for the prize pot, a sticker and a dojo point. At the end of the term I pick out three tickets at random from the 'prize-pot' and these children win a prize too.
To support their maths learning practise counting forwards and backwards (this lends itself to future subtraction work). Count things such as pencils that you can touch and move as you count, but also claps and jumps. Ask your child 'how many?' 'how did you know?' 'if I give you one more how many would you have?', 'If I took 1 away how many would you have left?'. Play dice games that require the child to look at the dots on the die and recognise the amount, sometimes without counting them (this is called 'subitising') and then to move their counter the correct amount of spaces.
Monday 24th February - Term 4 starts
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day & Nick Cope Performance!
Friday 3rd April - End of Term 1:00PM Finish
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.