Children in Caterpillar Class follow the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), learning and developing through play. We currently have a mix of Reception and year 1 age children. The class routines consist of adult-led and child-initiated activities in both the classroom and outdoor environment. We use a Total communication approach by using visual cue cards and timetables. We also use Makaton, ALD boards and PECS communication with some of our children.
Our topics and themes are based around the seven EYFS areas of learning and development which include three prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. Alongside the classroom and outdoor activities we also support the children to individually develop their personal and independence skills with feeding, dressing, toileting and socialising with others, as well as preparing them for everyday school life.
This term we are exploring the topic ‘Down on the farm’. The children will be exploring animals through a range of different stories
Our PE days are on a Wednesday and Friday. Every other Wednesday we will going to soft play at the Crystal Leisure Centre, please ensure your child comes into school in comfortable clothing/shoes. We will also have PE on a Friday, we will be practising our movements in our topic of “Dance Till You Drop!”
Our first topic in Life Skills is Keeping Safe. We will be looking at road safety, kitchen safety and water safety. Our Autumn 2 topic will be Personal Development, here we will be looking at how to get dressed and undressed.
We will be sending the children home with a new reading this week, we will be reading with your child at least twice a week. Please ensure their reading book is in their bag everyday so that we can read and change it. We will be working on holding the book the right way around and turning pages.