Should your child be forced to stay at home due to symptoms linked to Corona Virus, we wanted to offer you some ideas to help you continue their education.
Class Teacher: Mrs R Bohan
Other staff: Mrs McKuhen, Mrs Price, Mrs Carroll
In the Early Year Foundation Stage at Millbrook Primary we use Tapestry. Tapestry builds a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years of school life. Using photos and videos, teachers and teaching assistants, along with the child’s parents, ‘weaves’ the story of the child and how they are growing and developing. The Tapestry platform then works seamlessly to enable these memories to be kept as a permanent record of each child’s unique journey. All information held in the platform is stored securely, and can be downloaded and shared as required. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having, whilst also uploading their own comments and media. We display Tapestry to the children so they can reflect on their own learning and achievements from school and at home by sharing news every week.
A typical day at Millbrook Reception your child will do Read Write Inc which is reading, sounds, blending. This helps to become a fluent reader and to write sentences independently. We then follow this with planned and practical activities to develop their developmental needs as well as their own interests. . We listen to our children to understand their current likes and interests and plan accordingly to them. The indoor and outdoor classroom is divided into areas ie construction, water, mud kitchen, small world, music, physical, reading, home corner, writing area, malleable area, Maths/construction, Exploring and investigating and creative and these have resources that are there permanently but are also enhanced with resources each week to cover specific themes.
In numeracy we concentrate on the number of the week and everything around that number. In the areas are planned activities to match the number they are focusing on and activities.
As with all areas of development, each child will develop the skills needed to hold a pencil at a different time, however they will work through a number of stages. This includes strengthening their hand, shoulder and arm muscles, and mobility. Below is a guide to the different pencil grip stages. Doing the different activities above will support your child to strengthen their gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
We use the document ‘Development Matters’ to assess each child. ‘Development Matters’ helps adults in the setting to support children’s learning and development, by closely matching what they provide to a child’s current needs. We plan to the child’s interests and learning needs, covering these statements throughout the year through a variety of themes and activities
- PE every Friday
- Read at home on a regular basis. We aim to change reading books as often as possible.
- Reception children will get homework every Friday.
Ways to help your child at home
- Listen to your child read regularly and also read books to them
- Sing nursery rhymes
- Promote independence within your daily routine eg. Dressing themselves, using the toilet independently
- Practice counting to 20 and beyond, count objects, match items to the amount, recognise the number, order numbers.
- Engage with class dojo and tapestry, talk about what your child has been doing in school. Share any achievements or special days through dojo or tapestry.