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Welcome to Early Years

At Tudor we are committed to providing a warm safe and stimulating environment for all our children to learn and play together. We provide a rich range of opportunities and link this learning to themes that the children are interested in and excited about. We stretch and challenge the children by asking questions and providing new experiences. In partnership with parents we aim to ensure that our very youngest children at Tudor have an extremely positive and rewarding start to their school life.

 

Mrs Ince, and Mrs Munnings  are the teachers in Early Years. Mrs Harling, Mrs Gallagher and Mrs Mansfield, Miss Brown, Miss Poole and Mrs Webber are all Early Years teaching assistants at different times during the week. Together, we are the Early Years Team! 

We have had a parents workshop to show our mums and dads how we learn to read, write and spell. We let them have a go at some of the games we play, and we showed them some of the fun activities that we do. Sometimes our learning is inside, and sometimes its out in the garden! We all took home some letter cards and a copy of the games we like to play, so we can continue our learning at home too. Here are a few photos - there are more on the phonics tab on this website smiley

 

We LOVE the Numberblocks in EYFS at the moment - they really help us with our maths learning. You too can get involved at home - have a look for their short programmes on Cbeebies. We often use these as a starting point in class. We have begun our learning just on the numbers up to 5 , but now we are starting to enjoy working with numbers up to 10. We can use lots of objects to help us with our counting, adding and subtracting too. the Number Blocks encourage us to do that! We have quickly learnt that Maths is Great Fun!!

 

We have just been celebrating Chinese New Year. We have watched some short clips of children preparing for a parade, and we decided that we wanted to join in too. We made dragons, organised our own parade, complete with instruments and streamer wands, and then after wards we celebrated by trying some new foods. We had a very lovely time!

We send home a postcard each half term to mums and dads. On here is a taster of just a few of the things we will be concentrating our learning on in those next few weeks.

EYFS Postcard Home - Spring term 2020

This half term, we will be learning about winter and the arctic.  We will be learning about how the weather changes with the seasons and thinking about ice and snow.  We will also spend some time learning about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated.

  • We will continue to practice our letter sounds and develop the skills we need to write words and simple sentences.  We will also be learning some ‘tricky words’ which can’t be sounded out.  We will learn 3 new tricky words each week.
  • We use The Number Blocks (look on Cbeebies) to help us in maths. We are now learning to work with slightly bigger numbers to develop our maths skills.  We will developing our understanding of number with simple addition and subtraction calculations.  We will also be developing other mathematical skills, such as comparing weight and capacity and learning about repeating patterns.
  • We are also going to be making some beautiful wintery pictures and colourful Chinese New Year crafts.

At home you can really help us with our learning too –

  • Encourage us to practice our letter sounds by playing games with them.  We will be holding a phonics drop-in games session to help you with some ideas.  More info coming soon!
  • Please listen to us read as frequently as you can, and write in the learning log book to say you have listened to us.
  • Help us to write our names, using lower case letters, and a capital letter just at the start eg Alfie.
  • Help us to form a strong pencil grip and form our letters and numbers the right way around.
  • Help us to develop mathematical language, comparing numbers, estimating quantities, finding ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ than a number.
  • Help us to be able to get dressed and undressed as independently as possible, including coats and gloves!

Remember, we are always here to help – just come and ask us if you need any more ideas!

EYFS Postcard Home

Autumn Term 2 2019

This half term, we are looking forward to exploring fireworks, colours and doing lots of creative activities that are connected to this. Then, we will learn about the Christmas story in our RE sessions, before we put on our Nativity performance at the end of term.

  • We will be learning to write our names and some short simple words. The words that we will be learning are ones that we know the letters for, and that sound out, like bang, pop, fizz. We continue to learn new sounds each day. We also will learn that a digraph is two letters that make one sound, like ie, or ee, or sh.
  • We use The Number Blocks (look on Cbeebies) to help us in maths. We are now learning to do some simple addition and subtraction, just with numbers up to 5. We are also learning our shapes – triangle, square, circle and oblong or rectangle. Some of us will discover hexagons and octagons too.
  • We are also going to be making some colourful bonfire night pictures, and learning how to safely use scissors.

At home you can really help us with our learning too –

  • Encourage us to do our daily colouring in sheet to help us learn each new letter sound.
  • Please listen to us read as frequently as you can, and write in the learning log book to say you have listened to us.
  • Help us to write our names, using lower case letters, and a capital letter just at the start eg Alfie.
  • Play games that need a number dice. Help us to learn to recognise the spots and which number that is.
  • Help us to be able to get dressed and undressed as independently as possible, including coats and gloves!

Remember, we are always here to help – just come and ask us if you need any more ideas!

We went to Shimpling Park Farm to make a Christmas Wreath. It was a very fun, muddy day, but we made some amazing creations with our families. We were also featured on BBC Look East that evening too, for enjoying the countryside!

EYFS Postcard Home

Autumn Term 1 2019

This half term is always very busy in Early Years (EYFS). We are getting to know each other, our new teachers, our classrooms and new routines.

  • We will be learning to find our names on our belongings, and also how to write them. We start to learn our letter sounds  (we call this learning ‘phonics’). As we learn a new letter sound each day we can start to use them to read and write some simple words, like cat, rat, sat.
  • We use The Number Blocks (look on Cbeebies) to help us in maths. We spend a while learning about each number up to 5 to begin with. We learn to count and put numbers into a sequence too (1,2,3,4,5 etc).
  • We are also going to be thinking about Autumn time, Harvest and making some colourful bonfire night pictures.

At home you can really help us with our learning too –

  • Encourage us to do our daily colouring in sheet to help us learn each new letter sound.
  • Please listen to us read as frequently as you can, and write in the learning log book to say you have listened to us.
  • Help us to write our names, using lower case letters, and a capital letter just at the start eg Alfie.
  • Play games that need a number dice. Help us to learn to recognise the spots and which number that is.

Remember, we are always here to help – just come and ask us if you need any more ideas

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We really enjoyed our learning about Bonfire Night. We made sparkly salad spinner pictures, built rockets from shapes and bricks, and did lots of cutting up of paper to improve our scissor skills in bonfire colours! We also wrote some words down on big sparkly paper to describe the fireworks that we had seen at the weekend. We know that children must not go near fireworks, so we can stay really safe.

Tapestry

Tapestry is an online learning journey which can be completed by parents and teachers to build up a complete picture of the child as a learner. Every parent has a secure login so that they can share their children's learning and play from home too. We enjoy seeing what the children get up to at home, and we are able to build on these experiences in school too.

End of Year Expectations

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