Homework Topic – EYFS: St Francis & St Bernadette

Dear Parents

Welcome back after our lovely Christmas break! We look forward to another busy and successful term.

The EYFS Curriculum is covered within the 7 areas of learning and development, together with Religious Education. We will be having Phonics and Maths Workshops where parents can have the opportunity to observe how Phonics and Maths are taught in your child’s class. The sessions will be held at 9am for about 30 minutes (it is not compulsory to attend both sessions).

  • Phonics – 16th and 17th January 2019
  • Maths – 23rd and 25th January 2019

We will have our joint class assembly on Wednesday 6th February at 9.15am to showcase what we have been learning in School.

Our topic this term is Super Heroes and Transport and we will be learning about different means of transport and how they work. We will also be learning about heroes who help us like doctors, nurses, the police, postmen, firefighters etc. We are looking forward these people visiting our class this term.

1)   Communication and Language

2)   Personal, Social and Emotional Development

3)   Literacy

4)   Physical Development

5)   Mathematics

6)   Understanding the World

7)   Expressive Arts and Design

8)   Religious Education

Each week we will cover all areas of learning.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Talks and listens to others.
  • Makes up stories and retells them.
  • Responds to what they hear with comments and questions.
  • Follows instructions involving several actions.
  • Answer questions (how and why) in relation to stories or their experiences.

To further enhance their confidence and develop their communication skills, we will be having ‘Show and Tell’ sessions on Friday.

Activities to do at home:

  • Join in with your child’s imaginative play. Encourage your child to talk about what their character is doing and why.
  • Encourage your child to predict possible endings to stories and events.
  • Use daily reading opportunities to ask them why and how questions about stories they have read.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Interacts with others.
  • Deals with their emotions.
  • Copes with new situations.
  • Manages their feelings and behaviour

Activities to do at home:

  • Play games that involve turn taking and sharing.
  • Encourage your child to draw pictures or take photographs of favourite activities or places, to help them describe their individual preferences.
  • Talk about fair and unfair situations, your child’s feelings about fairness, and how we can make things fair.
  • Encourage your child to do things as independently as possible.
  • Encourage them to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Explores books.
  • Learns phonemes to enable them to read (See attached Jolly Phonics sheet) Phase 3
  • Links sounds to letters to begin to write.
  • Understand what they have read.
  • Write tricky words and sentences.

Actiivties to do at home:

  • Read stories, poems and non-fiction books.
  • Ask your child questions about what they have read.
  • Encourage your child to join in with everyday writing e.g. shopping lists.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Moves using large movements; running, jumping and climbing.
  • Uses small scale movements; cutting, drawing and threading.
  • Looks after their own health and hygiene.
  • Handles toys and equipment safely and sensibly.
  • Form their letters correctly and make them sit on the line.

Activities to do at home:

  • At the playground set your child challenges such as ‘Can you get all the way around the climbing frame without your knees touching?’
  • Encourage your child to help with the cooking at home and discuss safety issues when using knives and scissors.
  • Encourage them to dress and undress independently especially buttons



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Solves problems using their own ideas and by working with others.
  • Explores shapes and patterns.
  • Count more than 10 objects accurately.
  • Counts reliably from 0-20.
  • Talks about size, shape, weight, time and distance.
  • Order numbers 0-20 correctly.

Activities to do at home:

  • Sing songs and rhymes involving counting on and back in ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • Ask ‘silly’ questions, e.g. show a tiny box and ask if there is a bicycle on it. Encourage your child to explain their responses.
  • Encourage your child to help measure and weigh when cooking together.
  • Use everyday items like fruits, vegetables, pegs, to demonstrate adding and subtracting and encourage the use of Mathematical language eg, add, take away.
  • Read door and bus numbers when outside to help recognise their numbers.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Explores the world around them both living and non-living looking at similarities, differences and change.
  • Uses computers, phones, stereos, TVs and other programmable equipment.
  • Enjoys and participates in festivals relating to their own and other cultures.

Activities to do at home:

  • Talk to your child about your family, culture, religion and where you live.
  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • Look at similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • Observe and talk about animals, plants and the changes they undergo.



This area of learning relates to how your child:

  • Enjoys messy activities, exploring what happens.
  • Pretends and role plays things they have seen and experienced.
  • Participates in musical and dance activities.
  • Uses different materials to create new things.

​Activities to do at home:

  • Encourage them to introduce a story line into their role play.
  • Encourage your child to be creative at home and talk about what they have created.
  • Explore colour mixing using the 3 prime colours (red, yellow and blue).
  • Junk modelling using different materials. Encourage them to talk about how they can make their models better.



We follow the school Religious Education Curriculum ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life.’ Our topic will be about Getting to know God. You may like to talk to your child about how they can show their love for Jesus.



As we plan to learn and teach both indoors and out of doors this term, your child will need to bring on the following labeled items which will be kept on your child’s peg:

  • Spare socks/tights.



  • Please send in boxes, clean bottles, old magazines, wrapping paper, buttons and scraps of materials to add to our creative area.
  • We would be very grateful for donations of old toys, especially vehicles and dressing up clothes, that you do not need anymore. Please put these in bags and hand them in to the Reception Teachers.
  • Please put back the red reading record books in your child’s bag every day after reading.
  • We are always looking for people to help on trips, or to share a special skill or talent with the children. If you would like to help please collect a DBS form from the Office.
  • The children will be doing PE on Friday and their FULL PE kit should be in school through the week. Due to the cold weather, they will need to have a tracksuit in School for their PE lessons. Please ensure that all items of clothing are properly labelled.

Yours sincerely,


EYFS Class Teachers