Wilby Primary

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Wren Chicks Class 

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Hello and welcome to Wren Chicks, our Pre-School / Reception Class.  Our teachers are Mrs Maurice and Mrs Janes (who teaches the class on a Friday). Our class TAs are Mrs Knight, Miss Hunt, Mrs Kent and Mrs Kerry.

In our class children learn through play, following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. We aim to provide learning that is fun and engaging, and that will challenge the children and support their development. We deliver our curriculum through both adult let input and child-initiated learning opportunities, following children's interests wherever possible and provide high quality interactions, engaging with children in their play in order to develop and deepen their learning opportunities. Underpinning all our learning sit the Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically. With these at our foundation we aim to support our children to become effective independent learners.  

Our learning journey begins with a focus on the Prime Areas of development: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. As we develop and our journey progresses, greater emphasis is put on the Specific Areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World and Expressive Arts and Design. During our time in Wren Class we move from taking our first teetering, brave steps into school, towards becoming confident learners in our Reception Year. 

 

Spring Term 2024

Happy New Year to you all, and welcome to the Spring term 2024! It was so lovely to see everyone’s smiling faces back in class this week.

This term we have lots of fun learning planned. This half term our theme is ‘Our Wonderful World’ and we are going to be explorers discovering new places and animals! We will start the half term by joining in with the RSPB’s Big School’s Birdwatch, before moving a little further afield and learning about another bird – the penguin – leading to exploring the Polar regions. Things will then heat up a bit as we move towards the equator to explore Jungles and Savannahs. All of this lovely learning will enriched for Reception children with a trip to Banham Zoo – date to be confirmed. As we move into the second half-term we will be exploring a little closer to home, and our theme will be ‘Come Outside’ where we will be learning about lifecycles and growing & sowing. This should provide us with lots of opportunities to get muddy and grow some lovely things in our outdoor area. As always, there will be an abundance of additional learning opportunities through play in continuous provision, as well as through adult-led input, key focus texts and following the children’s interests where-ever they may take us.

I will continue to send a weekly update each Monday on Class Dojo outlining the learning for forthcoming week – I hope you find this useful.

The timetable for Reception children will remain as before with daily phonics, literacy and maths sessions, as well as Science and Understanding the World, RE, PSHE and Expressive Arts & Design across the week ensuring that all 7 areas of learning within the EYFS Framework are taught. Pre-School children will have some adult-led teaching for Phase 1 Phonics, Literacy and early maths, with the other areas being taught through our continuous and enhanced provision. As before, we will be using our Forest School area on a Monday afternoon, as well as occasionally during the rest of the week, so please do ensure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school. All children will have PE on a Friday afternoon – please ensure that your child has suitable shoes on this day, we encourage Reception children to come into school wearing their PE kits.

We will continue to send home a reading book for Reception children – please do read these books with your child as their purpose is to embed their phonics learning. There are of course hundreds of other books to enjoy with your child and I absolutely encourage as much reading and storytelling as possible, but please do read the school reading book too - by embedding their phonics learning and improving reading fluency we are creating the best foundations for all future learning.

A date for your diary - on the afternoon of Thursday 15th February (2pm) we will be offering another ‘Bring Your Grown-Up to School’ session, our focus this time will be on reading. This should be a lovely session where you can share stories with your children, and join in with some paired reading activities – more information will follow nearer the time.

This promises to be a fun-filled, busy term! Please do use Class Dojo to contact Mrs Maurice if you have any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss, or phone to make an appointment if you would prefer an opportunity to discuss anything in more depth.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Maurice and Mrs Janes

  

             

Important things to remember

  Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday
  • Morning session - 8:40 am to 11:45 am
  • Afternoon session - 11.45am to 3:15 pm

Useful Information!

Please send your child in with a water bottle and a coat every day - the weather can be changeable and our outdoor provision is almost always available to the children.

They should also have a change of clothes in school to allow for any mishaps or particularly messy play, as well as sensible shoes for running about on the playground.