Welcome to Ladybird Class! My name is Mrs Evans and I am the class teacher. We are very lucky in Ladybird Class to be supported by a fantastic learning support assistant, Charlotte Taylor.
Every Tuesday afternoon Miss Griffiths will teach the class. During this time the children will have the opportunity to take part in music activities. Miss. Stevens will also take the children for P.E.
This week we have been busy visiting the new Ladybirds! Thank you for welcoming us into your homes. It has been lovely getting to know you and your child.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday 12th September. Please check your welcome pack to find out if your child is coming in the morning or the afternoon.
Important things to know
Please make sure you write your child's name in their clothes. Clothes can easily be lost or mixed up if they do not have names in them.
As the children become used to having P.E lessons they will begin changing for P.E. They will need to bring a P.E kit into school. This should also have their name in it. The school P.E kit is a t-shirt in their house colour and blue or black shorts or trousers. They will also need suitable shoes such as daps or trainers for outdoor PE.
On Monday 19th September your child will be having lunch at school for the first time. If you decide you would like your child to have a packed lunch please think carefully about what you will put in it.
At Hannah More we encourage all the children to keep their bodies healthy. If your child has packed lunches please make sure they don't have chocolate or fizzy drinks. If they eat a healthy lunch they will concentrate better and fully engage in their learning during the afternoon.
Learning in the Foundation Stage
We encourage the children to lead the learning in the foundation stage. We provide a stimulus, which is always open ended, that the children can explore and take in any direction they want. This ensures that children are always interested and fully engaged in their learning as they have control over where it takes them.
As a team we meet regularly to discuss the children's interests and adapt our planning and provision accordingly. During these meetings we think about how to extend children's interests. Please come and look at our Responsive Planning sheet and Learning Stories board in the classroom. These show how we are developing the current interests in Reception.
During children's independent learning time we document their progress through an online learning diary. We encourage all parents to access and contribute to their child's online learning diary. Please ask Mrs Evans or Charlotte for more information about how to access your child's diary.
Maths, Literacy and Phonics
Although a lot of learning occurs through child led play activities, we also have more formal sessions to develop children's maths and literacy skills. Literacy, Phonics and Maths are taught every day.
Literacy is taught through 'Talk for Writing' which involves children learning a story very well using a story map. This method allows children to become completely immersed in a story as they re-tell it. Children then adapt these stories and practise writing their own stories.
Phonics is an integral part of children's literacy development. We learn one sound a day with consolidation sessions on Fridays. Children practise reading and writing the sounds as well as thinking about how to form a sentence.
Please talk to your child about what sound that have learnt today and see if they can remember how to write it.
Maths is taught through whole class sessions which start by exploring the concept of number. As the children become more confident with this we move on to look at how to calculate one more/one less. This helps children progress to simple addition and subtraction using a variety of strategies. Children also learn about different shapes and explore time, distance, money and capacity.
At Hannah More we have a School Council where children meet to discuss improvements they want to make to the school. Each class has 2 representatives.
We also have an Eco Committee. Each class has 1 representative.