The Early Years Team is hard at work developing online learning tools for you and your child during this period of uncertainty. Please bear with us as we develop systems for teaching, learning and assessment whilst children are at home. The EYFS curriculum is a hands on, practical experience based curriculum and we will try our best to honour its intention in our home learning resources.
Our plan is to set up a Google Classroom for both the Nursery and Reception classes. We will use this to post activities and assignments which you can do at home. You can then create observations of your child doing these activities on Tapestry and we will provide feedback and make comments on your child's learning. We will have more information about the Google Classroom shortly.
For now, we have enabled the Next Steps and Next Observations feature on Tapestry so you can see what your child is currently working on based on our current observations of their activities in the classroom. This can be accessed using the web version only. Below you will find the link to Tapestry page for children in the EYFS at St. Michael's as well as two brief tutorials on how to access this information and how to post observations using a mobile device. We will be posting individualised next steps as an observation on your child's learning journey on Tapestry over the next few days.
We have also included links to useful websites with activities and resources for you and your child.
Thank you for your patience and support,
Nursery Class Teacher & Early Years Foundation Stage Co-Ordinator
Welcome to Willow Class!
The willow tree symbolises balance, learning, growth and harmony.
Teachers: Ms. Jaeger and Mrs. Jenkinson
TAs: Mrs. Mundy, Mrs. Moss, Mrs. Sayers
Our topic this term is 'Plants'.
This is part of our whole-school curriculum topic
'Living and Growing.'
Our big question is:
What do plants need to grow?
For more information about what we are learning, please download the curriculum outline below.
There is also information about how you can support your child 's learning at home and about teaching and learning in the Early Years classes. Just click on the 'W' of the document you would like to see.
We need your help!
Forest School for Willow Class
Ms. Jaeger has been given the time to provide Forest School to Willow Class on Thursday afternoons. We would like to begin these sessions now, in Autumn Term 2. We will be using the on-school site next to the football pitch. Please see the letter in our 'important documents' above for more information. To make this experience even more enriching, enlightening and fun for the children, we need lots of parent/carer volunteers to join us. If you can support Willow Class at forest school on Thursday afternoons (1:15 to 3:15) for one or more sessions, please get in touch with Ms. Jaeger. In addition, if you have any wood products that you can donate (such as planks, logs) we would gratefully receive them. Please get in touch with the school office if you can support us. Thank you!
Parent/ Carer Helpers
The school always welcomes your help as a volunteer. If you have any spare time and would like to come in and work with the children and staff, we would love to see you. Some of the things you might be doing include, reading with a small group of children, doing art activities, gardening with the children or playing games. It is a great opportunity for you to see how the school works and what the children are learning.
We need your junk!
We can always use clean recyclables for our creative area modelling. In particular, things such as cereal boxes, yogurt pots, any size of cardboard boxes, milk bottle tops, plastic tubs and forms, any interesting packaging that you find your food packed in or in your post may spark the imagination of a Willow Class pupil, so bring it in if you can! We can't keep up with the creativity of this bunch of engineers.
Useful websites for parents and children!