We are Bumblebees!
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage
Our class teacher is Mrs Weatherston. She is also the Early Years Lead.
Mrs Young is a higher level teaching assistant who supports our learning from Monday to Thursday and teaches the class on a Tuesday afternoon. We are also lucky to have Miss Randle who works in our class as a Teaching Assistant from Monday to Friday.
Early Years Team
Our Early Years Curriculum 2021
Summer Term 2
Muck, Mud and Mess!
Do you remember how a butterfly began its life? Have you ever wondered how a sunflower got to be so tall? Have you ever dug up soil and lifted rocks to see what might be hiding underneath? Would you like to explore the outdoors and get yourself mucky? In our wonderful world lots of changes happen to the plants and creatures. We will take a close look at how you care for them. This term we will be spending a lot of time outdoors! Don't forget water bottles, sun hats and to apply your suncream before school everyday
In Maths, we will: Consolidate key skills by subitising, counting, sorting and matching. We will continue to learn about composition, comparing and ordering. There will also be a focus on:
• Number bonds
• Sharing and grouping
• Even and Odd
• Spatial reasoning
• Patterns and relationships
• Deepening our understanding of number and patterns.
Weeks 1-3: Maths Planning
Weeks 4-6: Maths Planning
Useful links for Maths home learning:
Place Value: Please choose numbers up to 19.
Counting and recognising numbers:
Counting and ordering numbers: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots
Number bonds: Hit the button- number bonds 'make 10' option
Money: counting in 10s, 5s, 2s, 1s (choose pay with 1 coin option- 10p, 5p, 2p or 1p)
Doubling and halving: Hit the button- halves/doubles to 10
Shape Patterns: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns
Measurement: Level 1
In Literacy, your child will now be working in a group matched to their reading and writing ability, these groups are: Blending, Red, Green/Purple, Pink Yellow and Blue. You can support your child at home with the home learning resources provided in your child's yellow folder along with reading the e-books on Oxford Owl and Bug Club. In our class phonics session, we will continue to practise reading and writing words and sentences containing the set 1 and set 2 speed sounds, in particular the special friends (digraphs):
sh, th, ch, qu, ng, nk, ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or
air, ir, oy.
We will continue to introduce one set 3 diagraph a week to learn alternative sounds.
Useful links for Literacy home learning:
Communication with Parents and Carers
At St Mary Infants we use Tapestry Online Learning Journey to document your child's learning and development. We also use ClassDojo to inform you about our class learning, news, updates and as a parent-teacher communication tool. Both of these websites and apps are password protected so you will need to log in using the details we have emailed to you. We are really excited to be working in partnership with you throughout your child's first year at school! Please do keep in touch through ClassDojo messenger.
November 2020: What our Parents and Carers say about joining the Early Years at Plympton St Mary's during a Pandemic!
'Mrs Weatherston has gone above and beyond her role of being a teacher. There is love in all she does. She has taken our son and his class under her wings and has taught them so much already in this first term. She has kept them safe and has challenged them, taught them and helped them grow. She enthusiastically follows the children's lead and plans lessons around their interests. Nothing is too much bother for her and the daily communication with parents is wonderful. She is warm and welcoming and makes our son feel safe. A massive thank you for all she does.'
'My child has had a great first three months at school all of which is down to you. I've been so impressed with the early Years team and it's obvious how hard you all work. Thank you so much!'
'A massive thank you to Mrs Weatherston for making our daughter feel so welcome and helping her to settle so well, being taken from all her friends from old school who she went to nursery with to a new school with knowing no one. Sh really did settle so well and she talks so highly of you also saying she is so nice mummy, she always makes me smile and to me that is heart warming and i finally feel settled and happy. I have seen such a positive change in my children.'
'I would just like to say how amazingly you are all doing especially through the pandemic and in a very difficult year for everyone but St Mary's primary school are doing a great job in keeping the children's spirits lifted.'
'Mrs Weatherston and Mrs Young, , we could not have asked for a better start to our son's time at school. He has settled do well and it's incredible to see and hear all the amazing things he is very clearly learning! We were concerned with everything that is going on in the world right now that its would have an effect on his school experience. We needn't worried as he is clearly loving it and it's all down to everyone's hard work and approach.'
'Thank you for the BEST start to school and for the fun! My boy little boy runs into school every morning!'
'Our child couldn't have had a better start to her school life! EYFS is a fun place to be and learning is planned for meticulously. Thank you!'
'Mrs Weatherston has had such an impact on our child. Thank you for the amazing amount of work and effort you have put into making all the Bumblebees transition into school so easy for them. Our child loves every second of school I cannot believe the progress she has made so quickly and she is so proud of her achievements. You can really see the love and care you put into everything you do. Thank you to you and Mrs Young for looking and loving after our precious daughter.'
'Mrs Weatherston, ever since our child has started Plympton St Mary's school she has enjoyed every minute. The way she comes home and talks about all the exciting things you have been doing is all down to you. All the different and exciting lessons you have out into place. We are so grateful for how you have kept us informed of everything and always being available to discuss anything with us. We cannot thank you enough for being such a lovely and kindhearted teacher who has provided a great start to our daughters school journey. We can see you have put in so much effort into helping all the children and how you really want them to do well. St Mary's should be proud to have a teacher like you. Our daughter will not want to leave you next year! Thank you!