We are really pleased with the progress the children have made this year, and cannot believe that we are approaching our last few weeks together. We have already started to regularly visit Beech Class to prepare for our transition in September, and the children will be spending 2 whole days with their new teacher in the last week of term.
Redgrave and Lopham Fen
We were so proud of the children throughout our recent trip to Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Their behaviour and attitude to learning was praised by the staff at the fen. We had a fantastic time and learned a great deal. Amongst other things we searched for minibeasts and learned about different habitats, went on a nature walk inspired by the Gruffalo, used magic paint to investigate different patterns and considered how different animals camouflage themselves in different environments. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers on the day, without whom the trip could not have taken place.
We have been reading the book " Yucky Worms " so have been learning all about these wonderful creatures! We have researched them and written about our favourite worm facts. We conducted an experiment to find out the best way to encourage worms to come to the surface, making predictions and writing about the results. We have even been dancing to stories about worms and imitating their movements!
As you know, we use Jolly Phonics to support teaching of sounds. Please take the time to read them with your child and talk about the sound, the action and the song they have learned for each. We use songs from Jolly Phonics which are a fun and active way to learn the sounds. Copy the link below into your browser for the songs in the order we teach them. Alternately download the Jolly Phonics app.
Learning in the moment
In Hazel class our children do much of their learning through play. Our practitioners find fun and interesting ways to enable your child to make progress across the EYFS curriculum as they are playing. Some examples already from this year are making plans to build and assemble a helicopter, writing instructions for and making different models of our favourite creatures, designing and resourcing a role play fruit and vegetable shop in the classroom and enhancing our music area to incorporate a stage!
Most children have now had 3 Focus Weeks this year, with just a few children having their turn during the final few weeks of the term.
We are inspired by the philosophy of Anna Ephgrave who believes that:
"Children learn best when they follow their own interests. They have a natural desire to explore, communicate, create and learn"
Keep up-to-date with your child's learning on Tapestry. Most parents have now been set up on the system, and the remainder will be soon. We love to hear about all the wonderful learning that happens at home as well so please do add your observations too!
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Reading with your child
Please continue reading regularly with your child. There really is no better way to build their confidence in reading and writing. Please find below some tips on how to support your child with reading as provided in your Hazel Class Learning Leaflet.