Welcome to Dolphins

Janice Whitaker
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Welcome to Dolphins Class

In Dolphins class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and all learning is very much interlinked. We plan some adult led activities but our pupils have freedom to also self-select their own learning and activities and staff follow ‘In the moment planning’ Pupils have their own personalised activities for individual Speech and language therapy and EHCP targets. We learn through ‘play’ with a big emphasis on global communication- signing, speech, expression, symbols.

Dolphins Timetable – Autumn term 1

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1EYFS
Subject ProfilesIdeas for home
Physical DevelopmentDance and movement/yoga Swimming in Hydro pool Disco dancing, P.E sessions in the hall, disco dough fine motor skills, construction toys, using scissors, pens and tools. Set up a course in your garden with a start and finish- things to walk along, climb over and under- demo this with your child. Play with playdough and tools.
Communication and LanguageLearning new signs and words each week relating to topic- houses and homes and our family. Rooms inside our houses- what is in them, what do we do with things.Write out a simple shopping list for your child with words and simple pictures- encourage them to help to find the things on the list.
Personal, social and Emotional DevelopmentSelf-care, dressing and undressing for swimming, things I like and enjoy, toileting, cleaning teeth and washing hands independently,Encourage all these things in the home environment. Give your child time to attempt some skills independently.
Mathematical DevelopmentNumerals and numbers 0-20, shapes and sorting, colours, matching, play with numicon boards, sand and water play, emptying and filling containers, mathematical language.Counting things out loud with your child, show them the correct number of fingers that correspond to that amount. Give your child a range of plastic bottles to fill and pour with at bath time.
LiteracyMaking books about themselves and the people who live in their house. Oxford reading tree stories about everyday events- shopping, homes. Matching pictures and symbols Goldilocks and the 3 bears, The three little pigs Label things around your house and point to the words to read labels. Share simple stories together and sing rhymes and songs. Read our class stories at home or watch on ‘you tube’
Understanding the WorldPictures of our homes and where we live. Find them on google earth. Learn about equipment from the home and how to use it. Making a little house to take homeDo some junk modelling to make a house, make a house out of a large box that they can climb inside and play in- cut out doors and windows.
Expressive ArtsMessy play and cutting and sticking activities, painting. Feeling different textures, using the senses to explore, follow children’s’ own fascinations and interests. Music, singing and dancePut different types of music on at home and dance with your child- moving in different ways to different types of music. Slow and fast etc