Holly Leaves

Welcome to Holly Leaves!
 Holly Leaves is home to 14 reception children and 5 Year 1's, Miss Pearson (class teacher), Miss Worgan (HLTA), Miss Evans (TA) and Mrs Tattersall (TA).
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.
In EYFS, children learn about two areas of Mathematics:
Shape, space and measure
For children to achieve the early learning goal (ELG) for number, they must:
"Count reliably with number from one to twenty, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing." - taken from Development matters.
Shape Space and measure
For children to achieve the ELG for this area, they must:
"Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them." - taken from Development Matters.
In Holly Leaves, we ensure children have the opportunity to explore their learning through practical activities to develop their understanding. Children complete a carousel of activities through the week where they complete activities in small groups which can be independent or adult led.
Online Maths Games
Ladybird Spots to practise counting, matching and ordering.
Underwater Counting to practise counting a non standard arrangement of objects
Forest School
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. Children particularly enjoy using tools safely. They have been able to saw wood and using hammers.
This term we are doing Gymnastics. We have learnt a range of different movements, jumps and balances. The children are now working in groups to create a sequence of movements. The children first chose what movements they would like to include in their creation. They then decided on the order that they would like to perform them in. The children are working hard to improve their sequence to perform. I am very impressed with how well they are working with each other.
Home Learning
In Holly Leaves each child will be provided with an exercise book to complete activities at home. This will be given to you during parents consultations. 
Year 1
Children have been given their home learning books to complete their activities in. We encourage the children to complete one activity per week. They will have the opportunity to share their work on a Thursday. 12 completed activities will earn a prize!
We hope you have fun completing them together. 
Warm Fuzzies
Children try to earn warm fuzzies (pom poms) to fill a jar. Once the jar is full the children can choose a treat that they would like as a class. We then decide our treat using a voting system to ensure it is fair. The children earn warm fuzzies for making someone proud of them . Warm fuzzies can be given out by anyone, children or adults. The children are now identifying what actions can produce this feeling and are striving to work hard and be polite.
Construction Challenge
Children have been given construction challenges to build structures throughout the year. Holly Leaves have already built quite a few! Children work in pairs or groups to plan and build their structure using a range of different construction materials. Recently, they have made bridges that had to hold up a toy animal. The children worked really hard to follow the guidelines given and worked brilliantly in their teams.