How Kindergarten have been supported since returning to School
Since the school has reopened and the class size has been reduced, we have temporarily changed the way that we teach in the Kindergarten class, steering away from our daily adult-focused group work and placing more emphasis on teaching the children on a one-to-one basis during Continuous Provision Time.
We have provided the children with daily, individualised next steps based primarily on developing their skills in phonics, handwriting (writing & using the correct letter formation) and maths. This approach has been greatly beneficial for all of the children. In addition to this, we have also been encouraging the children to be as independent as possible. This has helped to prepare them as much as possible for entering the subsequent class; Reception, in September.
The Kindergarten children have had regular contact with Miss Evans, their new Reception teacher. They have produced some fantastic pieces of work and have insisted that they show Miss Evans, in person (socially distancing of course) or taking a photograph of their work to send to her electronically. Getting to know Miss Evans, even though we have remained in our class bubbles, has really helped the children with familiarisation and the transition between the classes.
What a joy it has been to have so many of the Reception children back in school this last half term. They have been doing a fine job of getting back into the swing of school life as well as having lots of fun with their friends again.
Our lessons have focussed on building firm foundations in speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths ready for Year 1. We have produced some extended pieces of writing (including one for Miss Hellfeld, the Year 1 teacher) and really focussed on independently constructing sentences which include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. In maths we are securing understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. Our counting on and back skills have been practised daily.
Of course, we have also had lots of fun together exploring our ‘Life at Sea’ theme. We have made floating boats and raced them across the water tray. We have made enormous bubbles to cover our entire bodies. We have had a pirate party full of watery games like ‘Walk the plank!’. The children have played creatively with the pirate chest, drawn their own treasure maps and even helped to rescue treasure from blocks of ice.
We have kept in touch daily with the children still at home and enjoyed hearing all their news and seeing what hard work they are doing. We have had a great year and the children are ready for, and excited about, the next step in their learning journey.