Welcome to Holly Leaves!
Holly Leaves is home to 13 reception children and 6 Year 1's, Miss Pearson (class teacher), Miss Worgan and Mrs Tattersall (teaching assistants).
In the EYFS, Literacy is defined into two areas; reading and writing.
Children begin writing by mark making and drawing shapes to depict people and objects. Children then develop to draw shapes that represent letters. This development is supported by activities to develop both fine motor control and phonics. To support this children complete a variety activities to strengthen their fine motor skills. These include activities such as dough disco where children move play dough in certain ways alongside the music. We also use tweezers in sorting activities that the children enjoy
We use a phonics scheme called 'Song of Sounds'. Children learn a song to the tune of 'skip to my lou my darling' where every sound has a rhyme. For example, ants on a apple a, a, a.
We then work with the children to recognise sounds. Children then use blending techniques in order to read cvc words (e.g. cat, hot, map). Robot talk is a strategy we promote where children speak like a robot to blend words and go quicker to be able to read the word. Early reading alongside questioning on stories is really important at this year in order to scaffold learning later on. Below is a list of ideas to support reading with your child.
Online Maths Games
Ladybird Spots to practise counting, matching and ordering.
Underwater Counting to practise counting a non standard arrangement of objects
Every Friday, Holly Leaves have forest school. We love learning outside and have completed a range of activities. These include using tools, digging, painting with mud, climbing the tree, making bug hotels, searching for minibeasts and tracks of different animals.
The children love to learn in variety of ways and thoroughly enjoy the opportunities forest school provides.
Letter formation practise
Every week children are going to have a home learning task of practising the formation of a letter. It is really important that his is supported by an adult to ensure that formation is correct. This will be found in their home learning book. When children are ready to write, we will then do spelling tests.