Class Information and Routines
Our Weekly Timetable
Below is a copy of our weekly timetable however due to the versatility of the Early Years Foundation Stage please note that we may not always stick rigorously to this. Our PE sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, so please make sure they come into school in their PE kits on these days.
Our Half Termly Learning
To capture your child's imagination, curiosity and to provide them with a thirst for learning, the seven areas outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage will be provided through half termly topics, of which will be broken down into themed weeks. Each area of learning will be provided through activities and carpet sessions linked to the weeks theme. For instance, a half termly topic could be 'People Who Help Us' with weekly topics including 'Emergency Services'. During the week of the theme 'Emergency Services' therefore, the children may be developing their literacy skills through activities such as creating and writing their own hospital patient form; developing their mathematical skills by activities such as counting patients; developing their creative skills by creating their own emergency service vehicles and developing their understanding of the world by exploring different occupations and talking about how to stay safe.
In Reception we have a daily phonics session which introduces and embeds the knowledge needed for children to read and write. We use the scheme Read Write Inc throughout the school which enables us to be consistent. The lessons are fun and fast paced, the children really seem to enjoy them! Once the children are all settled and happy, the teaching of phonics will begin. We will begin by teaching the sounds that they need to know and incorporated into these lessons they will learn to blend these sounds together. Once they have learnt the sounds, they will then be split into groups within Reception to deliver more targeted teaching. This phonics session will be broken down into groups across Reception, Year One and Year Two. If you are struggling with how to pronounce the sounds, please look on youtube and search Read Write Inc sounds.
The Importance of Reading
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers' understanding and motivate them to improve their skills. Please do ensure that you make time to share a book and/or allow time for your child to read to you on a daily basis
Our Learning Journey
At Thorpe Lea we understand that children within the Early Years learn so much and so quickly therefore we have a variety of books and journals in which their learning is documented, displayed, celebrated and shared. As your child spends most of their time with their loved ones, we need your help in documenting and celebrating their achievements! Within your child's home file you will find some 'Proud Clouds' - what we ask is when you see your child doing something new and that you are proud of, such as writing their full name for the first time or getting dressed by themselves, please write this on a Proud Cloud and hand it in to a member of the Reception team. These Proud Clouds will then be used in your child's records and achievements and they can celebrate their proud moment with friends and teachers too! Alongside their school writing book and their learning journey and electronic observation file, your child has their very own display area within the classroom. This display area is controlled by your child - they choose what they want to share on their wall, whether it is a picture of something they have constructed, a drawing, a piece of writing or a quote of something they said which they were proud of! Examples of Proud Clouds are written in the 'Homework Information' document at the bottom of this page.
What to bring?
We have an extensive range of media, materials and toys both indoor and outdoor in Reception therefore, we ask that children to not bring in their own personal toys, pencil cases and books. As 'Homework Files' and reading books should be brought in daily, we expect every child to have a Thorpe Lea School book bag in which to fit their file easily. Whilst we do have a wonderful, extensive outdoor area, this can become rather muddy therefore we ask if your child can bring a pair of wellington boots and an all in one rain coat that we keep at school to allow them to access the outdoor area at all times. Finally, we do ask that each item of clothing is labelled clearly including shoes and coats to avoid any muddle ups! :)
For more information as to the Early Years Curriculum at Thorpe Lea Nursery and Primary School, please see the link below.