Welcome to our FS1 class page!
We cannot wait for the adventures that are awaiting us this year!
Meet the teachers that you will be exploring with:
Miss Cheshire - Class Teacher. Mrs Cholewa - Teaching Assistant.
In Early Years at St Francis Xavier, we follow the EYFS statutory framework. The framework is based upon four themes and principles which shape the way in which we teach.
Unique child- Every child is unique who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
Positive relationships- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships with both peers and staff.
Enabling environments- Children learn and develop through engaging in an enabling environment. Within the environment, individual experience responds to meet all needs.
The learning process- All children learn and develop at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Within the foundation stage curriculum there are 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning.
- Communication and language.
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Physical development.
- Understanding the world,
- Expressive arts and design.
Take a look at our learning environment!
Our topic for the first half term is learning all about the jungle! During this topic, the children will discover what animals can be found in the jungle including the habitats that they live in. The children will also build a repertoire of songs, dances and stories that link to our topic whilst exploring emotions and feelings within the texts that we read.
Throughout the day, children will engage in various stimulating activities within both the indoor and outdoor provision. There are activities that are adult led where we work alongside your child to support new skills. There will also be numerous open-ended activities for children to choose that promote independence and curiosity. Within the Foundation Stage, children learn through play which is fun and engaging!
To assess areas of learning, we use a learning book to record observations. We then link the observations directly to the Development Matters. The Development Matters is non-statutory guidance which all those working in early childhood education settings to implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
If you would like to take a look at the Development Matters Guidance, follow the link - https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf.
In Nursery, we follow Read Write Inc. In time, Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. In Nursery, children are taught to say the sounds of letters with the help of rhymes, to blend the sounds into words and read simple ‘blending books’. This gives them a flying start before going into the Reception class.
Play online phonics games using the free phonics play.
If you would like to support phonics at home, you can follow these links to gain more information on phonics learning:
Useful Phonics Documents
Handwriting develops as children develop increased control over their bodies and a desire to communicate through mark-making. In order to eventually acquire a legible, fluent and fast handwriting style, children need to develop skills including good gross and fine motor control, recognition of pattern, a language to talk about shapes and movements, the main handwriting movements involved in the three basic letter shapes as exemplified by: l, c, r.
What is the difference between gross and fine motor control?
Fine motor control is the term used to describe smaller movements, usually of the hand and fingers. Fine motor control is best developed through activities which involve small-scale movements. Gross motor control is the term used to describe the development of controlled movements of the whole body, or limbs (arms or legs). Of particular importance in relation to handwriting is the development of good posture and balance. Activities such as dance, football, use of small apparatus, cycling, gripping climbing frames and building with large-scale construction kits all develop gross motor control.
Reading in Nursery
The early reading skills your child will learn in Nursery are an essential foundation for starting school. The focus of reading is on sharing stories, songs, and rhymes together and building talking and listening skills.
We learn our topic through stories, this topic we are reading:
- Giraffes can't dance.
- The monkey puzzle.
- Down in the jungle.
- In the jungle.
Key reading skills:
Children will be getting used to letter sounds by playing lots of fun activities. They may also be beginning to learn how the speech sounds (known as phonemes) in the words we say are represented in written form by a letter or letters (known as graphemes).
Helping tell a story:
Storytime is an important part of any day at Nursery! Children have plenty of opportunities to hear and enjoy stories together. They are also encouraged to retell stories in their own words. This all helps build talking and listening skills, which are essential for early reading.
Singing songs and rhymes:
Hearing and learning songs and nursery rhymes is an important part of early reading. It helps children to explore sounds and to begin learning story language and story structures.
Within nursery, we have maths input sessions everyday. The first week back we are learning all about the number 1! There are also numerous mathematical activities within the continuous provision in which children can access during learning time.
Here are some fun maths activities that you can try at home-
Counting using natural resources.
Explore the fantastic outdoors and collect different natural items along the way. This is a great, free, open ended activity to enhance early maths. You can encourage counting, number recognition, ordering the size of different items and also grouping of objects.
Number sensory tray
Using jelly, tweezers and plastic number figures create your very own sensory tray! This is an engaging activity that children will love as they are able to explore texture and also develop their number recognition.
The outdoors provides numerous opportunities to explore different shapes and is completely free! You could gather different resources on a nature walk and discover which shapes you can make. You could use; leaves, flowers, twigs or pebbles.
The Importance of Play!
Play is an integral part of a child’s early development. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop and for their language and communication skills to mature. It is important to ensure children have enough time to play. Play not only does it allows children to release extra energy, but it also lets them find out who they are and opens their minds by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings. Through play, children learn and develop different skills they will need in life, such as:
- Problem-solving and learning cause and effect
- Learning how to play with others through compromise, conflict resolution and sharing
- Development of fine and gross motor skills
- Nurturing their creativity and imagination
- Discovering their independence and positive self-esteem.
Our new RE topic is 'Myself'. In this topic we learn about the importance of our name and how god loves and cares for us.
Christians believe that the Spirit of God is active in each person and, in a special way, in the community of believers, which is the Church. It is the work of the Spirit to enable people to hear God’s message and to live Jesus’ way of service.
Word of God:
Isaiah 43 1:2.
You are precious to me.
I love you.
I know you.
I know your name.
You are my child.
Prayer and Reflection
Father, pour out your Spirit
upon your people,
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come:
through Christ our Lord.
(Prayer of preparation for Vatican II)
Mindfulness has been described as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment” (Kabat-Zinn 2003, p.144). Mindfulness is a fundamental part of human consciousness. Our mental capacity can be strengthened through a variety of training methods.
1: Draw a picture of how you feel.
2: Listen to relaxing music and close your eyes.
3: Talk about something that made you happy at the end of each day.
5: Make a mindful jar: Fill an empty jar or bottle with water and glitter. Fasten the lid on and watch the glitter swirl and fall.