EYFS - St Francis
Environmental Centre, Eltham
St Francis class went on an exciting trip to the Environmental Centre in Eltham. The children had a remarkable experience of log lifting to find mini-beasts and identifying the mini-beasts they found using the mini-beast chart given to them. They had the opportunity to find mini beasts in the pond through the pond dipping activity and were amazed at finding Newts, tadpoles and Shamron snails. It was a fun experience as some commented that they would love to visit the centre again the next day.
“Ahoy, me hearties!”
EYFS children visited the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark and they got to learn about the history of the ship through a story and singing session. They then made figure heads in a craft activity using different materials. We explored the different parts of the ship and finally looked at the different ships at the maritime Museum looking at how they moved in the water.
Kate Porte, Parent - On Tuesday 17 January I was asked to accompany St Francis Class on their trip to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. It was a brilliant sunny but cold day when we arrived. After learning about and acting out the story behind the boat's name the children got to make their own figureheads out of wooden spoons. There were some great pieces. Then we got to explore the boat and sample how officers and crew lived on board. After lunch we crossed into the National Maritime Museum to have a look at some different examples of ships and draw one. I had a lovely day, as did the children. They were amazing and very well behaved. They are a credit to their teachers and the school.
Phonics, Maths & Healthy Eating
As part of the Early Years Framework, we thought it would be nice if parents had the opportunity to see some Phonic & Maths sessions. At the end of these sessions, parents were given resources to take home to help support their children’s reading, writing and number development.
The Maths sessions focused on fun and exciting ways of taking a smaller group of objects from a larger group of objects and finding out what is left. Children will be taught how to represent the problems in a number sentence using the correct signs.
The Phonics sessions focused on revising previously learnt Phase 3 phonemes and high frequency words. Blending and segmenting techniques were taught to enable the parent to use similar methods with the children at home. Finally, the children then practiced the phoneme learnt through reading and writing sentences with the phonemes.
We also held a Healthy Eating session for parents to work alongside the children to help make fruit smoothies and vegetable stir fry. We discussed opportunities to keep ourselves healthy by eating fruit and vegetables, drinking lots of water and milk as well as keeping fit by doing lots of exercise.
What our parents thought:
"I think these sessions are eye-opening. Seeing how children interact gives me confidence my child is at the right level. Thank you for this opportunity."
"Good energy levels of all staff members. Great to see two support teachers are a permanent feature; really allows the lesson to flow. Great variations in the lesson."
"Great idea. Any opportunity to see the children in action can only be a good thing."
"Really enjoyed this session seeing my child interact in class and also get ideas on how to encourage her to write and read."
On 9th November we visited the school to meet the Reception class children. We were very impressed by how well behaved they were. They all interacted with us, asked lots of questions and knew lots about the Police. We hope you all enjoyed the visit and look forward to seeing the photos of you dressed in your Police uniforms. PC Sam Nye & PC David Solly.
People Who Help Us
We had a very interesting term in FS2 learning about different people who help us. A few of them visited St Francis Class to help us learn about what they do, where they work and the types of tools they need to do their job well. The learning experience started with a visit from our ‘Lollypop Man’ Dave which was followed by a visit from a Nurse and our Premises Manager.