Early Years at St Thomas More

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Play … Busy learning at St Thomas More

Throughout the year the younger children have access to an indoor and outdoor classroom which gives them plenty of opportunities to learn and explore.  Their indoor classroom is zoned into different areas: e.g. writing, creative, computer, role play, small world, construction and maths which children have access to throughout the day.

We encourage our pupils to develop an understanding of the world and gain the basic concepts of key subjects which form the foundations for their school career.  Not only will your child develop social skills but they will learn a range of language and communication skills, reading, writing and maths.  They learn to count, make patterns and shapes, developing mathematical language and problem solving through games, using a program called Paint and activities on the interactive whiteboard.

Physical activities are encouraged in the outdoor classroom through the use of bikes and scooters, bean bags and quoits.  They also do gymnastics using benches and mats, and learn basic balls skills.

Our younger pupils have plenty of creative opportunities too and the class frequently uses paint and play-dough to make pictures and collages using a wide range of resources.  Their computer skills develop throughout the year and they also learn how to use programmable toys.

The Foundation Stage helps children develop personally, socially and emotionally.  They will be introduced to our Gospel teachings which help promote positive attitudes and behaviour towards their learning.

It is vital however that parents and guardians work with the school to promote their child’s positive attitude towards learning, developing language skills and good behaviour.

As your child moves through EYFS and Key Stage 1 (KS1), they have further opportunities to develop social, communication and language skills.

Your child’s first few days at school

  • Class divided into A & B
  • Integrated within 2 weeks
  • Transition timetable in your pack
  • Some children may require additional part time hours…don’t panic!
  • They will be tired!
  • Much of the first few days at school will be ‘getting to know your child. We will spend time together in small groups and as individuals talking and enjoying ‘busy learning’ time.
  • This process is important and is vital in order to ensure each child feels comfortable and at ease. We will be finding out about and learning the school routines.

Children enjoy learning to read and write through our scheme ‘Read Write Inc’. Your child will learn letter sounds, listening skills and reading skills in a fun and exciting way.

You, as parents, will give valuable support to your child at home to consolidate skills we have covered.

  • Phonemes /graphemes
  • letters and sounds
  • Fred fingers

‘Wow’ Vouchers

We have introduced ‘Wow’ Vouchers which your child is presented with to enable parents and carers to celebrate your child’s first achievements at home.