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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Foundation Stage Studies

    For Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Term 6

    Our topic for this term is……Superheroes. Throughout the term, the children will be set different ‘superhero challenges’ to complete in order to rescue their kidnapped class pet from the mischievous joker! They will choose their own special superhero name and then they will design their own superhero costumes and sidekicks. The role play areas in each classroom will be transformed into ‘Superhero Headquarters’ where they can plan their missions and save the world. In the outside area, they can attend hero training school and create obstacle courses and power potions to increase their strength and enjoy some target practise using water pistols.

    In maths they will be learning about money and using their knowledge to purchase supplies from the superhero equipment shop. They will also consolidate their understanding of addition and subtraction.

    We will be looking at lots of different superhero books, including Superworm and Supertato, which should inspire the children to write and role play their own superhero stories. There are many other exciting writing opportunities, including creating wanted posters and making their own comic strips.

    We will end the topic with a superhero dressing up day where the children will get a chance to show off all of their new skills. 

    Term 5 – Minibeasts     

    In school

    This term our topic is learning about Minibeasts. The children will develop their knowledge and understanding by exploring minibeast habitats, features and how to look after them. Hoping that the lovely spring weather will continue, we are determined to explore more of our outdoor area and maybe even making some special homes for our minibeasts.

    In Literacy we will be looking at stories such as: The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Aaaargh Spider! We will learn the stories through actions and story mapping. This then means that the children are able to write the story or their own versions and often act out the stories with friends.

    In Maths the children will continue to develop a broad range of skills. This term we will be focusing on:

    *Doubling (understanding the concept)

    *Halving (understanding the concept)

    *Place Value (understanding larger numbers)

    *Size and Weight (understanding the concept, using language to describe and recording findings)

    *Addition (adding 2 single digit numbers together using objects)

    *Subtraction (1 or 2 less and using the language take away, subtract & less)

    Helping at home

    Please continue to support your child at home; count everything, take away 1 or 2 from a number to 20, share objects between family members, recognise shapes outside or in the house and see if they can recognise numbers in a random order. Sing songs and play counting games.

    We will continue to send books home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please encourage your child to read and share them with you which will develop their understanding of what they are reading. Read Write Inc books come home on Fridays and the children should be able to read these books fluently to you as they will have been reading these during the week.

    We really would appreciate it if you would share any significant achievements that your child has made no matter how big or small.  It really helps us build up a true picture of your child and the developments that you are seeing at home.  Feel free to catch the class teacher or teaching assistant at the end of the day or alternatively pop it on a ‘post it note’ and send it into school. 

    Term 4 – If you go down to the woods

    In school

    This term we are focusing on the books ‘Stick Man’, ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. We have started the term by exploring Foal Hurst Woods, where the children made their very own stick man friend from the items that they collected in the woods.

    The children have been doing really well in phonics and shall continue to be grouped by ability in Read Write Inc. They are becoming confident in blending sounds to make simple words and reading sentences. This also means that their handwriting is improving and children are becoming more confident in writing initial sounds, words and even writing sentences.

    The children have been enjoying becoming mathematicians and will continue to develop a broad range of skills. This term we will be focusing on:

    *Solving problems (math stories)

    *Subtraction (1 or 2 less than a number)

    *Sharing (using the language and sharing objects)

    *3d shapes (recognising, sorting and creating shapes)

    *Capacity (using the language, experiments and looking at containers)

    *Counting and sequencing (2 or 3 colour/shape/action/object repeating patterns)

    During writing we are learning short stories or rhymes through actions and story maps to help us learn a broader range of texts. We are thinking about expression when we tell a story and the children love coming up with actions that relate to certain words or phrases. Feel free to ask your children the story they are learning and see if they will perform it to you, actions and all.

    Helping at home

    Please continue to support your child at home; count everything, take away 1 or 2 from a number to 20, share objects between family members, recognise shapes outside or in the house and if they can recognise numbers in a random order. Sing songs and play counting games.

    We will continue to send a story book or information book home each Wednesday for you to share with your child. Reading books are sent home on a Monday and Friday for the children to read to you, using their phonic skills from Read Write Inc. Please encourage your child to sound out unknown words and recognise familiar words. In addition to this, on Fridays, Read Write Inc books, new sounds or green/red words are sent home in a small folder. Encourage your child to read this to you and explain the stories to you. They will have spent time with these stories during the week, so they should be confident in reading them.

    *Green words are words that the children can sound out and blend. Red words are exceptions and usually high frequency words so the children will read these often and learn to say them instead of trying to sound them out.

    We really would appreciate it if you would share any significant achievements that your child has made no matter how big or small.  It really helps us build up a true picture of your child and the developments that you are seeing at home.  Feel free to catch the class teacher or teaching assistant at the end of the day or alternatively pop it on a ‘post it note’ and send it into school.

    Last of all can we please ask that every child has a rain jacket and welly boots labelled in class everyday. We do still use the outside area in bad weather.

    Term 3 – Emergency Emergency

    Thank you for all the support this term with our trips. We hope they have enjoyed this topic as much as we have. The children were lucky enough to meet a policeman and our local PCSOs. We have visited Paddock Wood Fire Station where they tried on outfits and explored a fire engine. The children have also met an air ambulance paramedic and were visited by an ambulance. They also really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite emergency service worker to celebrate our learning this term. The children have produced some brilliant work throughout this term and we all really enjoyed you coming into our classrooms and looking at their books.

    Term 2 - The Jolly Postman

    In school

    We will start the term by settling the children back into Foundation Stage and the daily routine.

    Children have now been placed in ability groups for Read Write Inc, they will continue to learn new sounds and build confidence with blending sounds to make simple words. We will continue our focus on traditional stories.

    Children will be becoming familiar with numicon to aid their counting skills and this term our focus will be on numbers up to 20.

    Each class will be receiving a special delivery, this will be the Jolly Postman story.  This will be our starting point for our post office role play areas and the build up to Christmas.  Using the text we will explore different familiar characters, visit the post office and make letters and cards.  

    This term we will be focusing on fine motor skills and handwriting, encouraging children to hold their pencil correctly with the appropriate grip and develop their formation of each letter.

    This term we will explore, Diwali, firework night, Remembrance Sunday and we will also be looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

    Helping at home

    Please continue to support your child at home, count everything, ask questions which involve your child finding 1 more or less than a number up to 20, help them to recognize coins 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2 and recall days of the week in order.

    We will continue to send a story book or information book home each Wednesday for you to share with your child. In addition to this we will also begin to send home reading books on a Monday and Friday. This will be a book appropriate for your child, please encourage your child to use their Read write inc phonic skills to sound out unknown words and recognise familiar words. This should be a book that your child will need a little support with at first and gain confidence with over the week.

    We really would appreciate it if you would share any significant achievements that your child has made no matter how big or small.  It really helps us build up a true picture of your child and the developments that you are seeing at home.  Feel free to catch the class teacher or teaching assistant at the end of the day or alternatively pop it on a ‘post it note’ and send it into school.

    Last of all can we please ask that every child has a rain jacket and welly boots – labelled in class everyday.  We do still use the outside area in bad weather.

    Term 1 - Let’s Explore

    In school

    We have started the term by settling the children into Foundation Stage and making them familiar with the daily routine and establishing rules and expectations.

    The children have enjoyed exploring the different areas and have been introduced to our new outdoor resources.

    Children have been learning sounds using the Read Write Inc. programme and are starting to blend them to make simple words. They have also be focusing on nursery rhymes and traditional stories.

    Children are becoming familiar with numicon to aid their counting skills and we will be working towards making them secure with numbers up to 10.

    Each class has received a special delivery of a story book and finger puppets from Percy the Park Keeper. We are using this as an introduction to rescuing our toy wildlife animals from dangerous rubbish in the playground and discussing how to keep wildlife safe in our local area.

    We had a very different kind of visitor in Foundation Stage; a baby hedgehog visited us from Folly’s Wildlife Centre and we found out some hedgehog facts.

    This term we have been placing a particular focus on physical development and large movements, encouraging children to be healthy and active. Each day the children have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and games in a planned outside time. The children will also be looking at signs of autumn and Harvest.

    Helping at home

    You can easily help your child at home with maths, count everything, spot numbers and shapes in the environment, talk about position and time, use real life situations to focus on money/coins, more/less, addition and subtraction.

    We will be sending a story book or information book home each Wednesday for you to share with your child. Please encourage your child to join in with stories and to make up their own stories using the pictures as well as talking about the information book and sharing facts together.

    Encourage your child to write whenever possible.

    As we learn sounds we will be sending sound cards home for children to practice each Friday.

    We would also like your support in encouraging the children to do up their own zips on coats and using knives and forks independently.

    We really would appreciate it if you would share any significant achievements that your child has made no matter how big or small.  It really helps us build up a true picture of your child and the developments that you are seeing at home.  Feel free to catch the class teacher or teaching assistant at the end of the day.

    Harvest Assembly

    Monday 17 October at 2.45pm in the large hall