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Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS - week commencing 27th November


Our phonics programme continues this week and the children will bring home letter formation sheets or reading homework relevant to their individual phonic groups. Keep practising reading and writing of all the set 1 sounds covered so far and if your child is ready call out 2 or 3 letter phonetic words for them to write down. As extra daily sessions, we have also been working on 'special friends'  - when there are 2 letters, but they only make 1 sound e.g. sh, ch, qu, and this week we will focus on ng and nk.

We will be finishing off writing linked to one of our key Reading Spine story books in Literacy this week, called 'Look up!.'


In Maths we will be working on week 9 of the NCETM's Mastering Number Programme about composition.

Subject knowledge

This week, the children will build on their understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. Composing and de-composing numbers involves the children investigating part–part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 3 can be composed of 1 and 2. Through practical experience, they will consolidate their understanding of a whole being made up of smaller parts. They will begin to recognise that numbers can be made by combining parts in different ways. A key focus will be the spatial arrangements that can be made with different combinations of the same number of objects.


The children will have experience of subitising small quantities and will use their skills to identify the numbers within 5. They will have previously made towers of blocks in different ways, and will begin to recognise that 3, 4 and 5 can be made by combining parts in different ways. When the children can compose and flexibly de-compose numbers mentally, they will become more fluent in their knowledge of number bonds and they can use these to become efficient when calculating in KS1 and KS2.  


Other work will include work on how we are all different, but all friends, following our `No Outsiders' scheme. We have changed the 'school' role play area back into a 'home' and the children are really excited about the fact that they will be decorated 'our home' and putting up the Christmas tree and decorations this week!

In our work in Understanding the world, we will be exploring natural and man-made objects and describing them. In our work in Expressive Arts and Design, we will be continuing work on mixing colours and making an individual art piece in the style of Piet Mondrian. Our work in Physical Development involves PE sessions on dance, yoga for kids and completing work on developing gross motor skills through our 'Big Moves' programme, as well as work on developing our fine motor skills in our 'Funky Finger' activities such as using tweezers to pick up various objects and threading beads. PE kit should be worn to school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Don't forget to label everything, especially jumpers/cardigans! Please note that ear-rings need to be removed on these days and left at home. Our hall slot is on Wednesday afternoons, so please ensure you wear warm clothes for outside Physical Development activities such as riding the tricycles and scooters and working on our ball skills on Thursday afternoons


Please click on the phonics powerpoint below if you have not already watched it. If you need any further guidance, please arrange to meet with your child's class teacher.

Open Evening - EYFS Information
































































For those who couldn't make the open evening, we have sent home some information packs and attached the powerpoint. If you have any questions, please just come and see us.

























































































It would be really helpful and beneficial to spend just a few minutes each day keeping your child's phonic knowledge and red words ticking over during the holidays. Also your child will come home with a sheet about their Design and Technology 'Not a Box' project and a sheet to complete. They may bring their 'Not a Box' to school with them on Monday 17th April. If their creation is too big to bring, you may bring in a photograph instead. Below is the link to the related story.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter!

Please click on the sunflower icon for our Summer term overview.