Happy New Year!
(OK - it's not the way we thought it would start but let's try to make the best of what we can and look forward to things getting much brighter.)
January 2021 'Online Home Learning' update.
Firstly, Happy New Year. We hope you all managed to have a lovely Christmas - as 'different' as it may have had to have been. We are sure that all of you will have stayed on the 'Good List' and that Father Christmas will have visited.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the cards, gifts and Christmas wishes that we received. Very kind of you and appreciated by all of the EYFS team.
We find ourselves in 'uncertain' times once more and for lots of you, moving to 'learning at home'. We all remain committed to continuing to do the best we can and supporting you as best we can but please bear with us as things may take time.
We will be putting 'home learning' online daily (each morning) via 'Tapestry', https://tapestryjournal.com/ NOT the Home Learning section of our webpage which is still there with lots of extra ideas and activities if you would like to use them. Please also remember the Wellbeing for Children Page and Wellbeing for Adults Page as well as the Forest School page for more help and suggestions.
Please use your Tapestry login to access the learning we put online, as well as continuing to use it to upload your own comments, photos and observations of things your child has done. We will be checking this frequently and you will be able to 'contact' us through it.
We are able to see who is logging on and accessing the learning on Tapestry, but if you are having any problems with it before we notice, please email the office FAO EYFS and they will forward any messages to us.
We very much look forward to seeing the things you are doing with your children so please do upload them.
If we specifically want you to look at this webpage, we will direct you to it through Tapestry, but please feel free to check back here whenever you like!
We look forward to when we can safely have everyone back to learning in school and being together as a class once again. PLEASE stay safe and keep in touch.
EYFS Team 5th January 2021
If your child is self-isolating, please scroll down to the ‘Home Learning’ stars. This is where we will be putting work relating to our activities in school as well as ‘extra’ activities and ideas that your child can do to help their learning whilst they are away from school.
Even if your child is not self-isolating, you may like to use activities at any time if you would like to practise things with your child.
Welcome to EYFS - Ahlberg and Donaldson Class Page.
Our classes are named after authors (people who write books).
Our Reception classes are named after Janet and Allan Ahlberg and Julia Donaldson.
Have you read any of their books?
You will find lots of these books in our class library.
Perhaps you could tell us if you have any of these books at home?
Reception children will be starting Forest School on Monday 28th September. Children should come ready dressed in Forest School clothes and bring school uniform to change into. At this time of year it is quite cold especially in the mornings under the trees; particularly when we are still and listening, please ensure your child has lots of layers and a waterproof coat to keep them warm and dry.
We are looking forward to exploring the copse, using our imaginations and having lots of fun. Keep checking this page as we hope to put some photos on soon.
Due to the current situation, we are unable to have parents in school so please remember you can contact us through this email address:
Always remember to put your class name (Ahlberg or Donaldson) in the subject box so we will be able to find it easily. We aim to check this once a week. If it is an urgent message/enquiry, please telephone the school office.
Remember to look at the Wellbeing page (found under the 'Children' tab on the website or click on the link) which may be of use with explanations and help at this tricky time.
Over the next few weeks, we will be singing nursery rhymes, reading lots of stories, doing listening games/activities as well as lots of oral counting.
We will be concentrating on lots of 'PSED' aspects of the EYFS curriculum which will include making friends; being kind; sharing; following routines and taking turns.
Please click on the stars below for activities and ideas to support your child's learning at home.
Remember to look on the Forest School webpage for forest school type activities you can do in your home and garden.
Lots of them are 'off screen' ideas.
This ebook 'What's Going On?' below by Clare Shaw may help explain what is going on for children.
If you would like some ideas that don't involve 'screen time' (even though I have added one video link to show you how you could use play doh!), try some of these. There will also be some ideas on the Forest School page.
To begin this half term we will be getting used to being in school and our new classroom routines.
We will be trying lots of new things and trying hard to listen, share and get along with each other!
We will start to go out for Forest School sessions on September 28th. This term we will learn the rules about being in the copse for Forest School, learn about fire and fire safety as well as do some number work, phonics and have plenty of exploring time. We will spend lots of time building up our muscles to help us when we start to write.
If you would like some ideas about E-Safety please click here
Apps that may be useful.
These are some some apps that Ahlberg Class may use during Computing lessons.
You may like to have a look at them yourself and your child might enjoy using them at home.
Monster Hunt - improves memory skills
Hairy Letters - phonic practise
Jigsaws 1,2,3 - problem solving with puzzles
Teach Your Monster to Read - there is an app you can purchase but if you have access to a computer/laptop it can be used for free.