Class Maple

Maple Class Curriculum Letter

Autumn Term 2018

Maple Class have an exciting year ahead and I am so pleased to be able to welcome you to Overton St. Helen’s Primary School. The children have settled well into the class and over the next term we will continue to introduce the children to school life, support them to make new friends and have lots of fun learning new skills.

Our topic focus is, “I belong to…”. We will be learning about each other and talking about our family, new friends and where we live.

Below is an overview of the key learning intentions for each area of the EYFS curriculum for this term.

Communication and Language –      Maintain attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activities.

–      Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

Physical Development –      Begin to use anticlockwise movement and retrace vertical lines.

–      Begin to form recognisable letters.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (including RE) –      Take steps to resolve conflict with other children e.g finding a compromise.

–      Can describe self in positive terms and talk about abilities.

–      Understand that their own actions affect other people.

Literacy –      Hear and say initial sounds in words.

–      Segment the sounds in simple words to write them down.

–      Blend sounds to read simple words.

Mathematics      –    Recognise and use numbers 1-10.

–    Begin to recognise and use numbers beyond


Understanding of the World –      Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.
Expressive Arts and Design –      Play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.

–      Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.

Book bags and Home Reading books

Please ensure book bags are brought into school every day. The books we are sending home at the moment are for you and your child to share together, discuss what is happening in the story and predicting what will happen next. We are not expecting the children to be able to read the words but it is a good idea for you to point to the writing as you read so your child recognises the difference between pictures and writing and also understands that we read from left to right and top to bottom.

Soon we will begin to send home letter sounds and key words for your child to practise at home. Once your child begins to confidently blend sounds together to read words they will then progress onto ‘reading books’ which they will be able to read themselves. This will be discussed in more detail at the Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday 12th September.

Our beloved books

Each term we have a number of books which we will continue to read and learn by heart. This is to develop the children’s ability to sequence stories and build up their story language to support with writing their own stories.

PE Kits

PE Kits are to be kept in school on your child’s peg. Our PE session is on a Friday morning. Please ensure earrings are removed ready for our PE session and all long hair is tied back.

Forest schools, outdoor play and our muddy kitchen

In Maple Class we spend a lot of time outside! To ensure your child is comfortable when they are working outside, including in our mud kitchen and our trips to forest school, they will need to have wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket which can stay in school on your child’s peg. Our Forest Schools session will take place on a Thursday morning.

Water bottles

Please provide your child with a named water bottle. This can be left in school and we will refill it with fresh water each day. They will then be sent home on a Friday for a thorough wash over the weekend.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you throughout the year and meeting you on Wednesday 12th September.

Mrs Marsland, Miss Bailey and Mrs Wigginton