We had a busy Spring Term in Europa Class, with some new children joining our class group. In the first part of the half term we did lots of cooking as part of our “Ready, steady, cook!” topic where we made smoothies, cheesecakes and our own pasta sauce! The children enjoyed using the home corner role play area and doing lots of exploratory play in the sand and water, as well as messy play with different types of food. We have been working hard to develop self help and independence skills at mealtimes, including learning to feed ourselves, try new foods and use communication books to make choices for what we would like to eat. In Spring 2 our topic was “At the Zoo”. Our withdraw room turned into a jungle and we enjoyed labelling the different animals in “Dear Zoo” story as well as meeting lots of different animals in the “walking through the jungle” sensory story. The children have enjoyed a weekly rebound therapy session where we have worked on our communication skills and physical skills whilst having lots of fun.
This term our topic is “In the Garden” and we are hoping to visit Kew Gardens later in the term. Come back later in the term to see what we have been up to.
We are the Early Years class at Greenmead with both Nursery and Reception children aged 2-5. Children in Europa Class attend on a part time or full time basis. We work closely with parents and multi-disciplinary professionals to ensure a smooth transition into school and to maximise children’s learning.
We follow an adapted version of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which is tailored to meet each child’s learning needs. In Europa Class we follow a play based approach to learning, where children work towards individual goals as well as in small groups and whole class groups for some activities. We have a large classroom space with a range of different activities for the children to experience and explore, as well as access to a lovely outdoor space where we can extend our learning.
Each half term we have a new topic which provides exciting and motivating opportunities for learning across the seven different areas of the EYFS. This half term our topic has been Light and Dark; the children have been looking at the different celebrations and festivals of Diwali and Bonfire Night, exploring the dark den in class, and have had lots of opportunities for messy and sensory play.
In the Spring Term our topic will be “Ready, Steady, Cook!” and we are looking forward to do some cooking and grow some of our own herbs and vegetables. Check back later in the half term to see what we have been up to.
The Friends of Greenmead (FOG) is the registered charity of Greenmead School. It depends on the support of parents, friends and staff for its success. Through FOG’s fundraising activities, Greenmead pupils have access to a range of facilities which would not otherwise be available. This includes funding Music Therapy. New parents are encouraged to join. If you would like to make a donation to the school please contact the school office or go to www.justgiving.co.uk
Charity Name: Friends of Greenmead Charity No.: 1012795