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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Frogs

Welcome to Frog Class

Foundation Stage

'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.

TERM 4   People Who Help Us

 

 

This term's topic is 'People who help us'. We will be 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 wear and what they do day-to-day.  We will then explore the roles of doctors, paramedics and nurses then dentists, the police, firefighters and vets.

Opportunities for writing will include writing a letter and posting it, writing 'Doctor prescriptions' for poorly dolls and teddy bears and writing the sequence required for brushing teeth. 

TERM 3   Traditional Tales

Our topic this term is 'Traditional Tales'. Each week we will introduce a new story, sharing the text via books, The interactive white board (IWB) and songs/rhymes. We will be looking at the characters within, the homes they lived in, the morals of the story and the lay out and sequence of a traditional fairy tale. Our focus texts will be 'Jack and the Beanstalk', ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'The Enormous Turnip', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. There will be a crime scene set later in the term, and a visitor with a surprising story to tell...! To support your child's learning we will read the children a variety of pieces of the same story to compare & contrast. During the topic there will be some fantastic opportunities to retell stories using story boards, story maps and puppets, explore materials used to build homes and use engineering skills to build structures like bridges in the construction area and develop imagination in the role play area.

 

 

Forest School Sessions:

This term we are going to Forest School! Forest School sessions are every Tuesday morning on a 2 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.

 

Important Dates:

Monday 4th January - Term 3 starts                                                                                          Monday 22nd February - Term 4 starts
Wednesday 10th February - Individual Pupil Photographs                                           Wednesday 24th March - NCMP Height/Weight Measures

Friday 12th February - Last day of term/Half Term                                                           Wednesday 31st March - End of Term 4

TERM 2   Celebrations

 

This term, we will be learning about festivals and celebrations that take place in our own community and in the wider world.  Many children will have seen and heard fireworks exploding in the sky, so we start with asking why? We then look into the origins of Bonfire Night, telling a simplified version of 'The Gunpowder Plot'.  We will create our own firework pictures and rockets and learn about being keeping safe around fireworks.

We will then learn about Remembrance Day and make our own poppies. We will also find out about other celebrations such as Diwali and find out how Hindu families celebrate this special time.  Then, in December we will learn about Christmas and how some families celebrate it. 

Alongside all of this, we will be continuing on with our daily Phonics, Literacy, Maths and Guided Reading.

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. 

 

 

Lockdown Stories

The Wide-Mouthed Frog

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song

Phase 3 Tricky Words song.Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was.

Reminders:

  • 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.

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