Caterpillar Class (Early Years Foundation Stage) 2021 - 2022

Mrs Perrin

Welcome to Caterpillar Class

Teacher: Mrs Perrin

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clarke

Please remember nursery sessions are 8:30-11:30 for AM and 12:15-3:15 for PM.

Here you will find useful information about our learning and the things we are getting up to in nursery. 

During this half term, we will be following the children's interests by learning about different occupations. We will look at people who help in the community and will even have a few special visitors like the lollipop lady! We will learn about what different kinds of jobs there are and what they might involve. We will also have a big focus on school readiness for our Caterpillars going up to reception in September.  We will do lots of independence work like zipping up our own coats and putting on our own shoes. Some of the texts that will support this learning will be ''When I Grow Up” and “The Mega Magic Teacher Swap.”   The children will take part in lots of creative activities linked to both of these topic.

As always in nursery our aim is to follow children's interest so learning, topics and activities can change all the time!

Our mathematics focus this half term will be creating number recognition. This will be taught through shape songs, lots of mark making opportunities to create our own patterns and lots of hands on, fun mathematics activities.  

Our phonic focus will be listening for initial sounds in words. To support this we will playing listening games, and interactive games on the board. We will also be continuing with two sounds of the week - these will be posted weekly on Tapestry. 

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Your child will need to bring along a named water bottle and have their names or initials written inside any clothes as we don’t want to lose any! If your child stay all day you will also need to provide a packed lunch.

 

**Forest School**

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Forest school is on a Friday.  Children are to wear their forest school uniform and must bring a coat and a pair of wellies as the forest can be very muddy!

Thank you :)

The Caterpillar Team x

Tapestry

As lots of you are now aware we use Tapestry as an online learning journey for your children.  On here we will upload WOW moments for your child and keep you up to date with what they have been learning.  There will also be any messages and reminders from staff that you need to be aware of.

We would love if you could upload any WOW moments from home for your child to share with their peers in nursery and keep staff up to date on your child’s interests and development. At the start of each half term we will upload ‘Tapestry Challenges’ for you to have a go with your children at home.  Complete as many challenges from the list as you would like and upload what you get up to on your child’s profile. 

If you have any questions regarding how to access Tapestry please contact school and someone will be able to help you. Alternatively if you are able to access Tapestry and need to speak to the class teacher use the ‘add observation’ facility on your child’s profile and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Click on the logo below to access Tapestry.

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Below are some useful links and activities:

There are lots of games on this website that the children love playing in nursery

Early Years - Topmarks Search

There are lots of learning and activity ideas on this website

Early Impact Learning – Tips and inspiration for parents and teachers of children aged 3-5

Twinkl have made loads of resources free to parents. Just click on the parent’s hub

Twinkl Parents

OTHER THINGS YOU COULD DO AT HOME

Sharing stories with your child is so important for improving their communication and language and their literacy skills.

Making your own play dough (1 cup water, ½ cup salt, 1 cup water and a tbl spoon cooking oil to make a dough). Play dough is important in building hand strength and developing fine motor skills needed for later writing.

Go on a 2D shape hunt in your house or out and about. What 2D shapes can your child recognise?

Counting – lots of counting using everything and anything that interests your child.

Play listening and phonics games (I spy… is great for this).

Caterpillar Class (Early Years Foundation Stage): Calendar items

Contact Us: Darnhall Primary School Sandyhill Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1JL

Tel: 01606 593315 General enquiries please contact the office.

Email: contact@darnhall.cheshire.sch.uk