Ark Class

Welcome to

The Ark (Year R) Class' Page

Welcome to our class page.

Miss McAdam is our class teacher. Mrs Maund and Miss Turner are our teaching assistants.

Our page contains everything you need to know about the learning taking place in Ark Class.

Learning in Ark Class

Teaching and learning in Ark Class (Year R) follows the objectives set out in the Staturoty Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).

Planning is based on the seven areas of learning set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage document, published by the Department for Education. By the end of Reception children are expected to be able to demonstrate the skills outlined in the Early Learning Goals.

How can I help at Home?

Reading
Later in the Autumn term when the children are ready we start sending home reading scheme books. Please try and read with your child every day as this will help them to become confident readers and writers. Children will choose both a school reading book and a library book to share with you. The school reading book is matched to their current phonic level. Help them to sound out the letters and blend the sounds together to read the words. There will also be a number of ‘tricky words’ that your child might need help with. Please record when you have shared a book with a child at home and any comments in your child’s home school diary.

It is also important that you continue to read to your child. By reading to your child you are modelling the skills of reading and helping them to learn about books they can’t yet read by themselves. It also gives you an opportunity to spend time talking about books - likes, dislikes, what happens etc. Sharing books at home or library books from school is a perfect opportunity to do this.

Phonic books
Your child will have a small pink phonic book. When we have covered the next set of sounds in phonics they will be stuck in your child’s pink book. You can support your child by practicing these sounds at home and reading the suggested words and sentence.

The best way to support your child’s learning at this stage is to make it part of their day.
- Draw attention to print and numbers in the environment e.g. door numbers, road signs, print on cereal packets etc
-  Play eye spy in the car.
Count steps as you are walking along.
- The ability to hear rhyme is very important. Help your child to recognise words that rhyme  through playing games e.g. you think of a word, the child has to find a word that rhymes. These can be nonsense words - have fun with it!
- When you are out draw the children’s attention to the natural environment. Talk about what they have found or notice.
Encourage your child to listen carefully.
Play games encouraging your child to share and take turns.

Our Learning

The following provides you with general information of how the curriculum is covered across the year through the seven areas of learning. All children are taught from their starting points and might not be taught the same parts of the EYFS framework at the same time.

These skills in the different areas of learning are taught through a wide range of exciting, stimulating and challenging themes and topics. Themes will be developed to suit the interests of the children for each cohort. The same objectives can be taught through a variety of topics. All themes are suggestions and may change depending upon the children and their own interests and knowledge.

Please follow the link below for the EYFS framework
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2
Useful Websites
Phonics play - click here
Letters and Sounds - click here
ICT games - click here
Family learning - click here

Class Calendar & Reminders