Coppice Primary

Planting the seeds of
Knowledge,
growth and
success

 

 

 

 

                     

                                                                   

Hello and welcome to our special page for Reception, known as the 'Squirrel' class! The place where children have lots of fun learning through engaging activities and play!

 

In Squirrels class, Mrs Heywood is the class teacher.  Miss Renshaw is our Early Years Practitioner.  Mrs Rowley is our Early Years Practitioner who leads our intervention programme in the mornings and helps us with our phonics learning.  We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!     

                  

 

       

Mrs Rowley

Early Years

Practitioner

 Miss Renshaw

Early Years Practitioner

 Autumn 1 topic 'We are special!'   

 

Autumn Term Week 1

This week we will be looking at this amazing book about starting school. A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

 

Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure...

 

Lola says, "I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home."

We will be discussing our feelings around starting school and what an exciting time it is!

 

 Week 2

Full of humour and fun, this reassuring read will help children and parents get ready for the first day of school, and find out what to expect from the rest of their first term. We will be using this book to look ahead at our first term and all the exciting events that will happen, including Harvest and Christmas!

 

Week 3

Health and wellbeing week!

The whole school will be focusing on our health and well being. In Reception we will look at what this means for us. How can we be healthy? What games do we enjoy? Can we learn a new skill? Over the week we will be cooking healthy muffin pizzas! Yummy! We will also be food tasting, having a kick boxing and karate sessions and fun with forest school!

 

 Week 4-6

 

Juniper Jupiter is a real-life superhero. It's no big deal. She's super brave, super fast, super strong, super smart and she can even fly, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? It turns out that lots of people want to be a superhero's sidekick, but none of them are quite right. They're too big, too scratchy, too weird, too scared, or WAY too prepared… will Juniper ever find the perfect one?

In Reception we will be looking at what it takes to be a superhero. What are we talented at? We will be writing our own superhero story! Who will be our sidekick?!

Week 7

Harvest!

We will be investigating what this is and why it is important. We will have fun activities throughout the week exploring Harvest fruits and vegetables.

 

 Week 8

We will be doing lots of speaking and listening when looking at this book!

Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . you choose!

Let’s create our perfect place! Can we draw it? Can we label it?

 

   

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

In Squirrels class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:

 

PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).

 

CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)

 

PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)

 

LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)

 

MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)

 

UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)

 

EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)

 

Expectations

In school we have a set of non-negotiables for Literacy and Mathematics for the children to aspire to by the end of each year group. Click below to see what is expected by the end of Squirrels class (end of EYFS).

Writing non-negotiables for Squirrels class

Mathematics non-negotiables for Squirrels class

We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in Squirrels class. Click on the document to see what the Early Years curriculum is all about and what the children should be able to do by the end of Squirrels class.

EYFS curriculum explained for Parents/carers

                

Squirrels Stars of the Week

At our school we have a special 'star of the week' from each class! In Squirrels class we have Sammy Squirrel who goes home with the star of the week for a whole week and he has a special diary for the star of the week to fill in ready to be shared with the class the following week. Sammy can't wait to meet you!

 

Squirrels newsletters

 

We have a weekly newsletter which will keep everyone informed about what we are doing and what we will be learning about in the future. The newsletter will come home every Friday but we will also put a copy here on our web page.

 

Squirrels Newsletter - Friday 24th May

Squirrels Newsletter - Friday 7th June

Squirrels Newsletter - Friday 14th June 

 

 

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

 

Topic overview

We believe that parents and carers should be fully informed about what their child is learning in school. At the start of each topic we send home a topic overview so you can see what activities the children.

Squirrels class Topic overview Autumn 1

Topic challenge

Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive stickers for their hand print by completing the different challenges:

1 point – to put on your own coat and fasten it up

2 points – Find own name and write it

3 points – To bring in a baby photograph

4 points – To draw/ paint a picture of their family.

 

Ambassador Awards 2018-2019

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Reception children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

Ambassador leaflet - September 2018

Squirrels class - Steps to Success passport for the Ambassador Award letter - September 2018

 

Learning journeys

During the last few years we have developed the way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Squirrels class. We use an app called 'Early Excellence' on our ipads. We will take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2018

Proud cloud letters - September 2018

Proud cloud template - September 2018

 

Parent workshops

During the year we hold  workshops to support parents and carers in helping their child at home.

 

The EYFS curriculum for parents/carers handout

Our dough disco workshop was very well attended last year  and gave the children to opportunity to show what dough disco is all about!! If you want to know more about dough disco have a look at our dough disco booklet to learn those different dance moves so you too can have super strong fingers ready for writing!

Dough disco information leaflet

We have held a workshop about letters and sounds  to share useful tips about how we teach the children to use phonics to help them learn to read and write. We have made booklets to explain what we cover in each phase group. These have been sent home and you can find copies of them here! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see me.

Letters and Sounds Phase 1 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 3 booklet

At the beginning of the Spring term we held a parents workshop to share what we do in school to develop communication and language skills and what you can do at home. Here are some of the handouts which were given out. If you would like a pack please come and see me.

Coppice Primary School and Nursery - Early language development booklet for parents

Speech sounds

Small Talk booklet - age related expectations related to communication

Communication friendly environments

Here are some of the handouts about how to support physical development for your EYFS child. If you would like a pack with all this information please come and see me.

Finger Rhymes

Developing core stability 

Developing early writing

 

Stay and Play sessions

Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Squirrels class to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Squirrels class. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!

The children love showing their grown ups the Squirrels classroom and EYFS outside area. We cannot wait to welcome you to our stay and play sessions this year!

  

 

Have a question or concern?

We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! You have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome and to come and speak to any member of staff. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 or email  our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison at kharrison4@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk and we will do all we can to help.

  

Squirrels Class Dates

Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter!

Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter!

Monday 2nd September - INSET day - school closed for the children

Tuesday 3rd September - School reopens for the children! Your children will be in until 1pm this week.

4th September- 6th September - Children in until 1pm.

From the 8th September- Children in full time.

Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl dress up day for £1.00 

Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September - Whole school health and well-being week. Lots of activities planned.

Wednesday 25th September - British values day! We will be exploring different British values in Nursery today!

Friday 27th September – MacMillan Coffee morning in the hall. More information to follow.

Week beginning Monday 14th October – Book fair in school all week.

Tuesday 15th October - EYFS (Fox Cubs class and Squirrels class) Harvest Festival at 9.30am in the school hall - families welcome!

Friday 25th October - Last day of term

Monday 4th November - INSET day – School closed to the children.

Tuesday 5th November - School reopens for the children!

    

 

Helping at home!

 

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. We don't have formal homework in Squirrels class but below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. Look on each topic web for some challenges we have set the children to help them gain extra points for their reward chart in school! If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!

Reading

Your child has a reading folder which includes flashcards, a homework book and reading book. Please practise these for 5 - 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our Letters and Sounds activities. Also remember you can log on to Bug Club! Follow this link https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/. The school code is 7lwj. The password for all Reception children is pig. Please see Mrs Gent for your child's username!

 Writing

Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.

Letter formation sheet

Mathematics

Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders'  to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.

Life skills

Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.