EYFS

Welcome to Beatrix Potter Class!

Our class has been named after the well-known children’s author Beatrix Potter. She was born in London in 1842. She is the writer behind all the Peter Rabbit stories which were inspired by her love of nature.

A black and white image of Beatrix Potter (left) and her Rough Collie - Kep (right)

Our theme for this term will be based around ‘Who we are’. We can use this to help us get to know each other over the first terms. Our focus will be on human relationships, including families, friends, communities and cultures.

Our central idea is: ‘Relationships promote a sense of belonging.’

Grey 'Function' key with "How does it work?" written on it.
Grey 'Responsibility' key with "What is our responsibility?" written on it.

Our theme for this term will be based around ‘Who we are’. We can use this to help us get to know each other in this first term.

We can use also use this theme and our central idea as a base to focus some lines of inquiry and questions.

Lines of inquiry

  • What is our role in our family?
  • Who is in our family?
  • What are the differences and similarities within our families?
  • What are our likes and dislikes.
  • Feelings.
  • What is our role in school?
  • What are the routines in school
  • How are we  part of the school community.

As part of the IB PYP, we have the six transdisciplinary themes that help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry into these important concepts. Each term, we focus on one of these themes, this term is ‘Who We Are’.

In EYFS this means understanding our role within our families, our friends and our communities.  There are many advantages of learning through inquiry, one of these being that children can explore key themes and concepts through contemporary, engaging and transdisciplinary learning.

In EYFS we cover four transdisciplinary themes. 

Below are the six transdisciplinary themes that are covered throughout the year by the whole school:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

What can you do at home to help?

  • Tapestry App: through Tapestry, you will have the opportunity to view your child’s learning at school.  We would really love parents to also upload observations from home, so that we can have a holistic approach towards your child’s learning journey. 
  • Homework: Children will be given a family learning menu with a selection of challenges to have a go at. It would be wonderful if you can support the children with this and share their work once complete on Tapestry. The homework menu can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
  • Reading: We would encourage the children to read for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day. This can be a mixture of their school reading book and books/comics that they already have at home. Once your child has read please record this in their reading log so that we can celebrate this with them. We will change books on a Monday and FridayPlease can reading books always be kept in your child’s school bag.
  • PE will be taught on a Wednesday. Please make sure your child comes into school in their PE kit. Please note that earrings should be taken out at home or taped over for PE.

We look forward to working with you and your child over this academic year.

Mrs Elliott, Mrs Elsworth, Mrs Birchfield and Miss Purvis

Drawing of Beatrix Potter's character Peter Rabbit

Family Learning on ‘Who We Are’

Below is a list of family learning options for this half term around our learning on ‘Who we are.’ Please talk to your child to decide which activity you would like to do together each week. Parents/carers are welcome to scribe for children and share what you have learnt about together, and it would be lovely to see children’s learning through making models, drawings, scribed quotes or some writing. Family learning should be completed and uploaded onto an observation in Tapestry once a week, which we will share in class with your child. 

In addition to this, teachers will share a variety of learning videos for example phonics, maths or letter formation, which can be accessed through Tapestry. It would be wonderful if you could share these at home with your child.

FAMILY LEARNING MENU

My Favourite Meal

Draw, stick in pictures or write about your favourite foods to eat. You could draw a big plate and fill it with delicious foods!

Self-Portrait

Can you draw a picture of yourself? Have a look closely in a mirror. What can you see?

My Favourite Book

Share a favourite story at home. Can you copy the title? Draw some of the characters and explain what you like about the book.

My Family Tree

You could draw a family tree together and add photos of different members of the family. Can you talk about who they are?

Things I Like

Can you list things that you really like? Can you add pictures? You could draw or stick in pictures.

My Name

Can you write your name? Practise writing it and find out other things that start with the same letter. Draw pictures of them and label, such as S for Sarah – seahorse, sausage and sun!

Special Places

Where is your family from? Can you find out about those places? You could add a map, photos or information

My Body

Talk about different parts of the body. Play Simon Says for body parts! Draw around your hand and someone else’s hand and compare their sizes.

Your Choice

Choose anything you’d like to do relating to the topic ‘Who we are.’

PLEASE COULD YOU SHARE ALL FAMILY LEARNING THROUGH TAPESTRY