Hi my name is Mrs Grove I am the class teacher in RG, our teaching assistant is Mrs Burden. I started working at St Francis in September 2019. It has been a great year and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting your children and seeing them thrive and develop. Through our transition policy the children have settled into school really well.
Building the Kingdom
Our Early Years Curriculum aims to lay secure foundations for future learning. We engage children in learning from the very beginning to ensure our children leave us as creative, happy, confident and skilful communicators who are curious and excited about the world around them. Through our curriculum our children learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices and gain an understanding of boundaries. They can then develop into confident, successful and independent learners. In our first term our overarching theme was ‘Life and dignity of the human person’. This taught the children to understand they are special and unique because they are ‘created in God’s image and likeness’. To do this our theme was ‘I am special’. The intention with this was to build the children’s confidence and to support them to establish positive relationships with their new peers. They learnt that we treat everyone with respect, dignity and compassion. The children produced fantastic self portraits which showed their amazing creative skills. The children also painted portraits of their friends and family, this in turn created lots of lovely conversations, further enriching the children’s language skills.
Communication, Language & Literacy
We have provided the children with a language rich environment. We are exposing children to high quality texts, fostering a lifelong love of reading. One of these texts was ‘Owl Babies’. They loved our emersion event into the text where we set the classroom up as a crime scene. The children were fully immersed in trying to solve the problem using the clues. The children then had a go at drawing their ideas. To implement this further we follow letters and sounds phonics, daily reading and read a story to the children at the end of the day.
In maths we are following a mastery curriculum. This puts the basic numeracy skills in place to enable the children to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and they can verbally reason. This includes number skills, counting, recognising, writing and ordering numbers. Identifying 2D and 3D shapes and number bonds to 5 and 10. We are putting the foundations in place to ensure they are ready for their next stage of learning.
In the Spring term our theme is ‘Thinking and caring about others’. The children have learnt how we can help others in our community. The children donated generously to the Good Shepherd Appeal. They understood through circle time discussions that this money was going to help people less fortunate than themselves. One of our texts ‘The smartest giant in town’ fully engaged the children in this theme. The children talked about why the giant decided to help others. The children retold the story using a story map and they explored different provision enhancements related to the topic. They even designed a new scarf and tie for the giant, deciding on their own styles, colours and patterns. During Lent the children said how they would like to help others. They wrote their very own Lentern promises. The children enjoyed demonstrating this through role play in our hospital role play area and other activities in the classroom. The children also loved our walk to church. This gave them the opportunity to explore the church and ask questions. They then loved creating maps of our journey.
Inside and Outside Learning
Our learning environments both inside and out are also adapted regularly to meet the varying and developing needs of the children in our class. We ensure these areas are always inspiring and exciting and that, essentially, they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are in their learning journey. The environments are developed to allow them to access the curriculum independently and confidently, with the necessary level of support and challenge.