We are the Penguin Class taught by Mrs Newby and supported by teaching assistants Mrs Simpson, Miss Fisher and Mrs Newby. We are a happy and busy class of independent learners!
We do our learning through the Early Years Foundation Curriculum and much of our learning is outdoors, weather permitting of course! We are lucky enough to have 2 lovely outdoor areas which include a slide, climbing frame, house, pirate ship and large wooded area complete with a mud kitchen! We have a welly Wednesday outdoor afternoon each week with the Nursery and pre-school children. We enjoy a range of fun learning opportunities, some of which include: making dens, planting, cooking and baking in the mud kitchen, making clay tree faces and climbing trees!
Our teachers make sure our learning is always interesting, challenging and fun! Our topics are very much dependent on our interests at the time.
At the moment our topic is Animals and we have had some very cute visitors in class to see us: Doogle the rabbit and Shelly the tortoise.
We use Jolly Phonics to learn how to read and write and Little Big Maths to help us with our Number work. We also bake each week and always make something yummy to take home.
Please find below some useful information.
Our teachers listen to us read individually at least once a week, we also do shared reading as a class and in small groups. You can help me get better at my reading by listening to me at home as often as you can, 5 minutes every day would be great. We do change our reading books once a week, however if you would like this to be more often or would like more books, please ask.
This term our P.E day is on a Tuesday afternoon. We need any jewellery removing before we can do P.E please. We also need all items of clothing labelled to help us to be independent when getting changed.
We each have next steps to help us with our learning. My teacher tracks my progress and all staff in class are aware of what my next steps are to ensure that my learning is pitched just right for me!
A little homework is sent home each week. New sounds and words covered during the week and sometimes a talking homework question relating to the new topic we are covering. This helps to keep you informed about what we are learning in class as well as helping me with my learning.
If you would like any further information or just a chat about your child’s progress, then please don’t hesitate to ask at the beginning or end of the school day to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Mel Newby – Class teacher
This year our topics could be:
Autumn – ourselves / family / Autumn / festivals
Spring – Animals – pets / jungle / dinosaurs / minibeasts
Summer – Superheroes / keeping healthy / food
Please note: Topics covered are dependent on the children's interests and may not be the above.