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Team Tiger (EYFS)

Welcome to Tigers' Class

Welcome back Team Tiger and Team Cubs to a busy summer term! This half term, we will be learning about minibeasts and life cycles. We know that many of our children already love to explore the outdoor areas of school in search for little critters and bugs and this half term we will be making the most of the sunnier skies and doing some bug hunting. 

Reading to your Child

Whether your child is in Cubs (Nursery) or Tigers (Reception), we ask that you read, read and read some more to them! By reading books to them daily, you can make a huge difference to their listening and understanding skills as well as broadening and enriching their vocabulary and feeding their imagination. 

Phonics

Over the course of the year, Team Tigers (Reception) will follow the Read Write Inc. scheme. We will be focussing on blending sounds in segmented words (m-a-t, mat) before progressing to reading words with 'Fred Talk, Read the Word' and simple sentences in their 'Red Ditty' book. This will be done when your child is ready to ensure that they feel confident and able to succeed in reading. They will then progress through the scheme onto green books and beyond when they reach year 1.

You can read more about Read Write Inc. here, where you will also find the handwriting phrases, 'Fred' games and a 'Parent FAQ' document that you can use to support your child at home.

We will continue to encourage correct letter formation at school. You can reinforce this at home in lots of fun ways such as using their finger to draw and write in sand, steam on the shower screen and painting over chalk letters with water.

Maths

As well as having focussed maths activities, we ensure that maths is a part of everyday play and conversations in Team Tigers. We use these interactions to develop careful counting skills, number recognition and understanding as well as exploring shapes and measures. At home, you can help by doing the same too! Can they figure out which shape you've drawn on their back by considering how many sides you drew? Which numbers can they see around their home environment? Can they measure and count for a recipe? Practise forming numerals with dough, by drawing them in the mud with a stick or on the steamed up glass of the shower - holding their hand if needed to help them feel how to write it.

Play and the Curriculum 

Your child will be exposed to all areas of the curriculum through a combination of child initiated learning and focussed activities. In EYFS, play often provides the most meaningful and enjoyable learning experience. Unstructured play is not only fun but it is critically important for the development of children's bodies and brains. One of the best ways to encourage unstructured play is by providing open-ended toys, or toys that can be used in multiple ways. 

 Building Learning Power

At Darrington School, we are actively creating and promoting learning friendly classroom cultures that nurture the habits and attitudes of curious, confident and independent learners. You may be surprised to hear you child using complex language (such as 'perseverance', 'collaboration' and 'absorption') relating to the different learning muscles but, by making the how of the learning explicit, we can help them develop healthy learning habits for life!

Final words...

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office by telephone or through the school’s admin email (admin@darringtonschool.org.uk) if you feel you need to speak to a member of the EYFS Team

Best wishes,

Rachael Beckett (Reception Teacher & Early Years Leader)

Rachel Arnott (Reception Teacher)

Sarah Turner (Early Years Education in Nursery)

Gill Murray (Teaching Assistant in Reception & Nursery)