Thank you to the EYFS parents who came to the Phonic Workshop before half term. We talked about the different stages and components of learning to read and write and how phonic knowledge is built up over your childs first year at school. At Roselands we teach phonics daily and plan a range of fun activities to allow the children to apply their skills. We also plan phonic activities in to our free-flow environment and make it an integral part of their learning experience. We hope you learnt some supportive strategies that you can use at home when sharing reading books. A big thank you to our fabulous Year One pupils who modelled some of our favourite classroom games, we couldn't have done it without you! Below are the slides we shared and some links for further reading as well as ideas to support your child at home. Games are available for use on tablets and phones too. If you need any more information please speak to any member of EYFS staff and we will be happy to help.
This week Foundation Stage had a surprise visit from Captain America! He had heard the topic was Superheroes so came on his jet from New York. He talked to the children about healthy eating and how we need to eat all our fruit and vegetables everyday. The children could not believe he had come all that way to visit them. They have been writing about seeing Captain America and have written him thank you letters.
This week the children in Foundation Stage have been reading the book the Gingerbread Man.
We used Talk for Writing and the children have learnt the actions and words for the story. Each class had their own Gingerbread Man who had to hide as the fox was after him. The children went on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man around the school and made lost posters for him.
On Thursday Mr Downey arrived with CCTV footage, he had found the fox in the school. The children wanted to help and they filled out CCTV reports for Mr Downey. They also built traps to catch the fox.
Fortunately the Gingerbread Man has arrived safely back in the classrooms and the fox has left the school. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this book which many have then written themselves. We also did some science and experimented with different liquids on Gingerbread men. The children made their own boats which they tested out in water.
Miss Clifford ran some training this week as part of her role as Leader of Learning for the East Sussex Phonics Hub.
During a learning walk, staff from 12 local schools, were amazed by the “outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to learning” shown by our EYFS pupils. Every child shone and really proved that they are always aiming to be the best they can be!
The training gave Roselands an opportunity to share our good practice in Phonics and English and celebrate the quality teaching and learning that goes on daily. Our visitors were very impressed with EYFS progress from their starting points and how much their fine motor control and their sustained writing ability has moved forward.
Manor school enjoyed their visit so much that they returned again on Tuesday and watched our children independently engage with their activities during free-flow and be supported and taught in a range of adult-led tasks.
A huge well done to all of our EYFS pupils and staff for all of their hard work, enthusiasm and creativity. We are so proud of all of you!
This week EYFS have been learning all about “Whatever Next” and baby bear’s adventure to the moon. We acted out the story and made our own props to help. Our space role play was so exciting and we transformed in to astronauts and space cadets to run the space station and launch our own rockets. We also learnt about the moon “You don’t have gravity there and you will float off…you got to wear space suits” (Emily, Dolphins). We explored clay and made models of aliens “It’s much trickier than play-dough. Mine has antennae on top to help communication with earth and other aliens” (Hugo, Whales). Outside we also made some tea to warm baby bear up when he got home. “I have tea at home and you got to keep it in the bag. Mummy has milk and likes mixing it up so it goes more lighter” (Max, Sealions). We have loved our learning and hope you enjoy our photos and videos on Tapestry.