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Early Years - Sycamore

Class teacher Miss Jenny Skilton  - email:


Please see below our Year R Curriculum Presentation 2022-23


EYFS - Sycamore Class

Hello Sycamore Class parents

Our learning theme this half term is Our World and the children have been excited to look at and explore different maps. We have enjoyed listening to, talking about, and retelling different stories. We will continue to explore the world around us. The children have enjoyed exploring their learning and have started to take on daily learning challenges. 

Literacy: We are enjoying listening to and talking about stories. We have been using our phonic knowledge to write simple words and sentences linked to the stories. We will continue to discuss and sequence stories and use our phonic knowledge and tricky words when writing. We will be encouraging the children to write their own story maps. We are focusing on forming our curly letters correctly in our handwriting. 

Phonics: In Sycamore Class the children are enjoying learning our sounds and tricky words. We will continue to build our sound knowledge daily and blend sounds together to read words. We are applying our phonic knowledge daily to read and write words containing the sound. Please look at your sound books every day.

Maths: We have been learning all about numbers, exploring the counting system and learning that a number can be made up of different parts. We have been partitioning a whole number into different parts and showing how to represent this. We will continue to learn our number bonds and how to add and subtract numbers to 5.

Sound books: Please bring these into school every day. These sounds should be practiced daily at home. In the front of the sound book there are some activities you can pick and choose from to support learning at home. If you talk about the sounds please write a note in the book. The sound book will be used at both school and home.

Library: Please remember library books on Thursday. We will visit the school library every Thursday. The children will borrow a book to bring home for the week. 

Home learning:

Please go through our sounds every day. To support our class learning, have fun on a sound hunt and listen to the sounds in the environment.
Look for print and numbers in your environment. Talk about numbers and count items up to 10 e.g. steps or number of plates at the table.
Write shopping lists or cards. Encourage your child to hear sounds in the word and to form letters correctly.
Share stories with your child at home every day. Talk about the front cover, predict what might happen, discuss what has been read and ask questions about the text to develop understanding.
Enjoy singing nursery rhymes and identify rhyming words in stories.

Miss Skilton and The EYFS Team