Class Maple

Summer Term 2022 

If you would like to contact Mrs Marsland directly, please use the class email address.

maple@overton-st-helens.lancs.sch.uk

Happy Easter! I hope you have all had a relaxing Easter break and you made the most of the beautiful weather we had. During the Spring term the children worked hard on learning and developing new skills and they all made great progress in their learning! Over the next term we will continue to support the children in developing new skills as well as consolidating the skills they have already learned.

Our topic focus for the 1st half term is, “Plants, Growth & Change”, then in the 2nd half term our topic focus will be, “Journeys”. We will be developing and enhancing the learning environment based on the children’s interests and their stage of development. We will do this through careful observation of the children and meaningful interactions with the children, both of which are designed to move the children on in their

learning and development.

** Because we are thinking about growth and change please can you send a baby photograph of your child to school so that we can talk about how the children have changed since they were born. We will take good care of your photo’s and send them back home at the end of the term.**

How you can help at home!

Included with this letter is further information detailing how you can support your child in their development through the 3 Prime and 4 Specific areas of learning within the EYFS over the coming months.

But please do continue to:-

– read to and with your child as much as possible!

– practice blending sounds to read word and simple sentences and recognising tricky words as we learn them.

– encourage your child to have a go at writing for different purposes eg, lists, cards, letters, stories

– practice reading numbers and counting objects.

– look at the homework challenge folder and choose an activity to complete each week.

– keep sharing any magic moments you have with your child out of school!

Book bags and Home Reading books

Please ensure book bags (with books and phonics book!) are brought into school every day. Please continue to share these books together encouraging the children to read their books using the phonics skills they have learned, discussing what is happening in the story and predicting what will happen next.  

Homework folder

Homework will consist of a half termly challenge sheet where the children can choose an activity to complete each week. The activities will be linked to our learning in class and will give the children the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills they are developing in school. Homework folders will be collected in on Wednesday each week and sent out again on Friday.

PE Kits

Please ensure your child’s PE Kit is in school. 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

We will continue to use our outdoor classroom and visit forest school whatever the weather. If you took your child’s forest school kit home over the Easter holidays, please can you return it to school as soon as possible. Our Forest Schools session will take place on a Thursday morning.

Water bottles

Please provide your child with a named water bottle that they will need to bring to school every day.

Warmer weather

During the summer term we encourage children to bring NAMED sun hats and sun cream into school. Please make sure that your child knows how to apply their own sun cream as they will be expected to do this in school.

A fruit snack is provided by school every day, but we do not have control over what fruit is delivered. So, if you would like you can send a fruit snack into school with your child, in case they do not like the choice of fruit that day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Marsland & Miss Bailey

maple@overton-st-helens.lancs.sch.uk