Welcome to the Infant Page!
We are a mixed age class of 4 to 7 year olds who love to learn, laugh and explore the world around us. Our class teacher is Mr Sizer and our teaching assistants are Mrs Prime and Mrs Young who each spend part of the week with us. We are proud of our class and always enjoy showing it off to others!
Every day begins with a phonics session where all children practice vital skills which help them to read, write and decode words. Here at Stanton-in-Peak we follow the KTC phonics scheme which is taught systematically. Children learn a new sound each day and have opportunities to practice and apply their knowledge in their own writing.
High Frequency Words
High frequency words are taught outside of phonics lessons in order to encourage fluency in their reading. Children are given 'flashcards' to take home to learn to read and spell. Some of these sight words are decodable although the children are encouraged to 'see the word and say the word'.
We encourage our children to read both in and out of school. Your children's reading skills will be of great benefit to them across the entire curriculum. Writing notes in your child's reading record will encourage them and help us to see how they are getting on outside of school. The weekly guided reading and comprehension sessions are another valuable opportunity to hear them read and help develop their understanding. During these sessions the children will draw on their inference skills as well as developing a number of other strategies to help them with their reading.
All children also take part in a series of reading challenges which require them to read and engage with excellent books as they progress through school.
The children have made a brilliant start on the reading challenges and it has been lovely to see such enthusiasm and engagement. If you have any questions about them, just ask me any time.
Our topic for this half term is ‘ bounce’. The topic will see us performing experiments with bubbles and balls, exploring how our bodies move and discovering, creating and writing about a whole range of exciting games. We will research a wide variety of ball games and even make up our own! The topic will encourage your children to use their inquisitive nature and help develop many important skills along the way.
I have loved leading forest school sessions with the infant class and can already see the many benefits it is having. Sessions will continue to take place in school grounds as well as in the nearby forest schools site. I am excited for the sessions to come and believe that forest school is an incredibly rewarding and important experience for all. It is important their clothing keeps them warm and dry as we go outside in almost all weather conditions.