In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure. In phonics this half term we are continuing to learn the sounds from phase two of Letters and Sounds. In our daily phonics sessions we revisit the sounds we already know before learning a new one. Sessions are fun and playful, using a range of games and activities to help us practise reading and writing using the sounds we have learnt. This half term we are beginning Talk 4 Writing. We will learn the story of The Little Red Hen, using actions and story maps to help us internalise the narrative. The children will then adapt the story, changing the setting and characters, before moving on to invent their own stories. We will continue with story scribing, giving children the opportunity to tell their own stories and then act them out. Our maths sessions this half term will continue to focus on counting skills, providing children with a strong foundation on which to build their mathematical understanding. We will also be looking at shape, learning about the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. As we head towards December the children will be involved in planning and organising Christmas in our classroom. They will choose how to decorate their room and make decisions about what they would like to make, do and learn. We really value outdoor learning in Reception, and this half term we will be learning how to use a hacksaw safely to cut sticks, then looking at different ways of joining our sticks to make shapes, frames and star decorations. Children access our outdoor classroom every day, providing them the opportunity to embed and develop skills and knowledge across all areas of learning. They experience changes in their environment throughout the seasons, noticing and wondering about the word around them.
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Mrs Michaud

St Chad's Church of England Primary Academy Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email:
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