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Lyndhurst Infant School

Lyndhurst Infant School

Early Years Foundation Stage

A warm welcome to all our children and families.

The curriculum we follow is called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This can be read here.

Information for parents and carers

Autumn  

We had a wonderful half-term learning all about different festivals and the ways different people celebrate. Among many other things, we made Diva lamps, firework artwork and have had a fascinating and creative time learning about Christmas and the Nativity with Kathryn from St George’s Church. At the beginning of the half-term we had a special visit from Frankie Wohler author of 10 Quirky Turkeys, we had a fabulous morning exploring the book and singing songs with Frankie. The children have continued to enjoy free flow where they are able to explore their learning in the classroom or in the different areas. We are very lucky to have the corridor, front playground and courtyard where, among many other activities, the children can have fun in the mud kitchen, investigate moving water, plant bulbs in our garden and role-play.

   

 

 

    

Spring half-term 1 our topic will be 'Where shall we go?' We will explore different ways to travel. First we will look at getting around our local area before moving on to travelling to places that are further away. The children will explore maps and use junk modelling to create their own vehicles. The children will listen to and share lots of different books such as The Journey, Little Boat, The Hundred Decker Bus, The Blue Balloon, Naughty Bus and Mr Gumpy’s Outing. We will focus on new and exciting vocabulary that we can use in our own speech. We will continue to listen to different music thinking about how it makes us feel and joining in with singing different songs and rhymes. The children will also explore playing different musical instruments including boxed glockenspiels. Outside we will explore how the change in season is affecting the world around us; we will talk about what we can see, feel, smell and touch at this time of year. We hope you enjoy using the calendars the children made in class - they would be a great way to talk about the changing seasons at home too. In our maths work we will continue to: explore the composition of numbers to 10; develop our counting skills; compare numbers and subitise. We will also begin to explore mass and capacity. The children will use the skills they learnt in Bikeability on our own balance bikes. In PE this half-term we are very excited to have Chelsea Coaches working with us to deliver lessons every Tuesday for all the Reception classes. As we continue to grow together as a class we will make sure we are considering the feelings of others around us as well as our own feelings when making decisions. We will support each other to face new challenges in our learning encouraging each other to persevere if we find things tricky.

It would be great if you can support our learning in school by talking about any journeys you make over the holidays or on the weekends. How are you getting from one place to another? Why are you using different forms of transport? Look at maps together to see how to get from your starting point to your destination. 

 

Please note all three Reception classes will have PE lessons on a Tuesday for Spring 1 half term.

 

 Phonics

In phonics, we are following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our meeting where we will give more information about this scheme and how you can support your child's learning at home.

You can find some phonic games to play with your children on these websites:

Other helpful websites:                                                

Find some counting games here: www.familylearning.org.uk/counting_games.html

Or here: ictgames.com/counting.htm (look out for the YR games)

Don't forget about Purple Mash and Espresso. Your child's log in details will be in their book bag or contact book. These website are great for home learning and to support your child in Literacy and Maths skills.