Welcome to Ladybird Class!
Class Teacher: Mr D. Briscoe
Teaching Assistants: Miss E. Buck and Mrs R. Celik
Firstly, we would like to wish you a warm welcome to Ladybird Class! We pride ourselves on the strong positive relationships that we develop with the children and families in our setting, and as an Early Years team we are passionate about giving our children the best possible start to school life! Ladybird Class is the Reception Class of Old Buckenham Primary School, and forms the second stage of our Early Years provision within the school. We also have an on-site Nursery, with a team of fantastic staff who enable our children to have a smooth transition into our school community. We also work closely with our other pre-school providers, as we support our children to settle into their new class and make new friends.
We have a clear focus on transition at our school because we want our children to flourish, becoming confident and happy members of our school community. Therefore, we offer numerous opportunities for our children and their families to get to know our school. These include ‘Stay and Play’ sessions and ‘Home / School Visits’ in the Summer term to welcome children and carers into this new environment.
We follow the EYFS Statutory Guidance, using a child centred curriculum that takes account of the interests and needs of each child. Our continuous provision ensures children are developing the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’, and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’). When children are interested and engaged they are motivated and excited to learn and they develop the skills needed to be able to learn throughout their lives.
Our Learning Behaviours:
We have explicitly linked the Characteristics of Effective Learning to our Windmill learning behaviours chart and to our ‘Growth Mind-set character’ Olaf the Snowman. This character helps children to identify the learning behaviours that they are developing. In Ladybirds class, this includes celebrating:
- Having a go: Try new challenges as well as ones children are already comfortable with.
- Challenge: We regularly use this word as children attempt new things and apply their skills.
- Perseverance: Do not give up, keep trying and overcome difficulty.
- Concentration: Focus on your challenge and be motivated to complete it.
- Make Links: Use critical thinking to see connections between things.
- The Power of ‘Yet’: Just because something is hard now, doesn’t mean it will always be hard!
- Be Proud: Celebrate great achievements.
Positive behaviours are also celebrated through our weekly certificates for ‘Ladybird of the Week’ and ‘Superstar of the Week’. Children receive a certificate and a cuddly toy to take home for a week with these awards. They can then send them back into school and share their home experiences through a special class book that every child can add to throughout the year. We also work towards a ‘Jigsaw reward’ at the end of each week as a whole class. The children get to pick this reward. The term ‘Jigsaw’ refers to a specific part of our curriculum which is known as ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’.
These strategies link implicitly and explicitly with the school behaviour charter. Children love to receive positive praise for ‘moving up’ on the ‘learning behaviours’ windmill. This involves moving up to bronze, silver or gold.
In Ladybird Class we learn through play. We have a free flow environment which enables children to access a wide range of learning opportunities both inside and outside. The EYFS describes seven areas of learning and development. The prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning. These are:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development.
These prime areas will then enable children to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design.
These seven areas are used to plan, support and track the children’s learning. Many activities support the development of several areas of learning. Most of all, the children in Ladybird Class are developing a love of learning and the skills to support them to achieve their own personal goals.
In Early Years, the children have a big say in what we learn about and drive the way we deliver the curriculum. At the start of the Autumn term, Ladybird Class have shown a real interest in ‘Animals’ and so that will be our first topic this half term. We also follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, and our first text for this is ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.
As we follow children’s interests, we continue to build upon the important Prime and Specific areas of learning within our curriculum. This involves developing a wide range of skills, such as encouraging children to be confident readers. You could support your children to progress further by doing the following things at home:
-Learning to recognise and say our Phase 2 phonics sounds (Using the Phonics Pack games sent home to support your child).
-Learning to hear and recognise these sounds in words.
-Recognise numbers from 0-10 and then 10-20 in different contexts.
-Orally counting forward and backwards between 0-20.
-Researching any fun facts or information about our current topic interests to share in school.
To keep yourself updated about what we will be learning about, please look at our information board outside our classroom when you come to visit us. You could also ask a member of staff about what fun things we are learning about during your child’s morning ‘Busy Finger’ challenges! You may also wish to record some of these important learning ‘moments’ that your child has been engaging with at home. You can do this on the blue home sheets that can be found on our class information board. We really value your contributions to their learning and would love to see these come into school so that we can share them with the rest of our class. If your child would like to bring in a show and tell, then this is also the way to do this. Rather than giving a set time to share something important or significant in your child’s life, we would rather you fill a sheet in as and when this happens during the year for your child.
We are following a whole school cursive handwriting scheme. At first this will be trickier for the children to master but they will not need to relearn letter formation when they are ready to begin joining their letters as they move through the school. Supporting children to not only write their letters but to form them correctly is really important. Correctly formed letters will flow and children will then be able to write more easily and quickly when they are ready. Several children have already told me this is not how they do it at home, please try to support us by consistently modelling the cursive letter style. In Reception, you will also hear this be called ‘pre-cursive’ as we learn how to form letters individually before joining them all together.
Below is a link to the cursive alphabet.
|Thursday||Return ‘Ladybird of the Week’ and ‘Superstar of the Week’ awards.|
|Friday||Jigsaw Reward Time
Celebration Awards sent home.
Some specific adult-led Indoor / Outdoor PE sessions will be on this day, but as we learn outside every day, we ask that wellies and PE kits are always available for use on every school day.
Afternoon: Forest School inspired learning begins after October half term.