If trees had mouths, what would they say?
The Reception staff would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome you back to school. We hope that you all enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to the year ahead.
At St. Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School we use ‘REAL Projects’ as a way of learning. These projects fully engage children in their learning experiences. They provide children with a love of learning and real opportunities through an immersive experience.
This term we will be answering the question “If trees had mouths, what would they say?” as we explore what we can learn from – and about – the natural spaces on our doorstep.
We will examine the natural world around us by studying local wildlife and habitats, we will also be looking at what we can do to help wildlife and ‘ Give Nature a Home ’ at St Teresa’s.
As part of the project we will have the opportunity to learn from various experts and visit different habitats including Norris Green Park.
The project will be launched with an exciting visit to school by some owls from Croxteth Park Farm, where the children will be able to see these creatures up close and learn from the experts who will accompany them.
The children will take part in several events across the term including The Big School Bird Watch in January and on Monday 30th March we will participate in National Walk in the Park Day. We will dive deeper into this topic through our Literacy sessions which will be centred around three ‘driver’ texts, these will consist of ‘ Owl Babies ’ by Martin Waddell, ‘ The Gruffalo ’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘ Bog Baby ’ by Jeanne Willis. Through these texts the children will learn about the variety of life in British Woodlands and inspire our imaginations. We will immerse our classrooms to create British Woodland inspired environments that will spark the children’s imaginations and provide an exciting stimulus to our learning. This term, children will also take part in Outdoor Learning Sessions with Mrs Gillin where they will grow their own plants and even take part in a daffodil growing competition. We are really looking forward to beginning our REAL Project.
EYFS Curriculum Links
Understanding the World
Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world. Talks about why things happen and how things work. Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time. Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
Begins to read words and simple sentences.
Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.
Enjoys an increasing range of books.
Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.
Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.
Writes own name and other things such as labels, captions.
Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.
Communication and Language
Beginning to use more complex sentences to link thoughts (e.g. using and, because.)
Can retell a simple past event in correct order (e.g. went down slide, hurt finger ).
Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.
Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.
Uses a range of tenses (e.g. play, playing, will play, played ).
Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.
Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects. Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.
Uses the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.
Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.
Finds one more or one less from a group of up to five objects, then ten objects.
In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
Orders two or three items by length or height.
Orders two items by weight or capacity.
Orders and sequences familiar events.
As the EYFS is cross curricular it is impossible to list all of our curriculum links and outcomes. Any queries feel free to speak to your class teacher.
Reading is a vital part of your child’s education, please ensure that you read with your child as much as possible at home so that they are able to make the progress that they are capable of. We ask that all children read at home a minimum of 3 times per week – please record this in your child’s reading record along with any comments. You will also find comments here from school regarding your child’s progress.
Early Learning Goals
Accompanying this Newsletter is a list of the Early Learning Goals that all children are assessed against at the end of Reception. These are the standards that all children are expected to reach before entering Key Stage 1. Please take some time to look at these as they are important milestones in your child’s development. Later in the term there will be an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress towards these expected standards with your class teacher at the school Parent’s Meeting.
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