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.
Our topic for this half term is ‘ Rio de Vida’ which is a great topic for the summer! It will see us exploring Brazil and all that this great country has to offer. During the term we will be mapping Brazil and its surrounding countries, exploring flags and naming them, creating our own flags, looking at the human features of Brasilia and comparing them to those of our own location. The topic will encourage your children to use their inquisitive nature and help them to develop many important skills along the way. I’m really looking forward to getting started!
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. Long sleeved tops and bottoms are essential even for the warmer afternoons as they help protect the children from brambles.