Holly Leaves

Welcome to Holly Leaves!
 Holly Leaves is home to 14 reception children and 6 Year 1s, Mrs Orchard (class teacher (maternity cover)), Miss Worgan (HLTA), Mrs Ray (1:1 TA) and Mrs Powell (1:1 TA).
Summer Term 2021

Below is our Holly Leaves parents' update for this term which details what your child/children will be learning.

Could you please make sure your child/children have a water bottle in school with them each day? These can stay in school all week and will be refilled each day and when required. If you send in a drink please could it be water?

Please continue to send your child to school in their PE kit on a Monday and in forest school clothes on a Friday. Even as the weather gets hotter please make sure your child is wearing forest school clothes that cover their arms and legs to protect them from any stinging nettles. We are finding many children are getting wet/dirty socks when having fun at Forest school so please could we ask you to send a spare pair into school with your child for them to keep in school.

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 teach phonics through the use of 'Letters and Sounds' using the Twinkl Phonics Scheme. This enables children to learn the individual sounds and 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.
Phonics - Actions
At school children explore one sound at a time and learn it through the help of actions. For some children this really helps them to learn the sound. Below is the action mat that we follow. Please go over these actions during free time so that the children remember their phonics. 
Letter Formation 
As children have been looking at individual sounds they have been learning how to form the letter correctly. Below is a letter formation mat that we use alongside the rhymes. 
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 numbers 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 games - Maths 
There are a variety of maths games available for children to access on the internet. I have attached a few websites below which children can explore to learn different skills. 
Holly Leaves have PE on Monday, taught by Pro Stars. Children are required to come into school in their PE kit on Mondays. Please ensure this is weather appropriate and they are wearing jogging bottoms/jumpers as they will be completing lessons outdoors as much as possible. 
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 the 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 use hammers.