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Splish, Splash, Splosh!


Welcome to Gnome Class! We hope you had a fantastic summer and you're ready to begin your learning journey here at Gateford Park. We are very excited to get to know you all better and explore this fantastic topic together!


Our first topic of the year is 'Splish, Splash, Splosh!' This is a whole school topic, so we have lots of opportunities for you to work and engage with children from other classes.



In English, we will be writing labels, captions, lists, speech bubbles and simple sentences. We will also have the chance to send our own 'message in a bottle' during Pirate Week - Ahar!


In Maths, we will explore 2D shapes and their properties, learn to count items up to 20 and match quantities to written numerals. We will practise writing numbers up to 20, order numbers and organise objects according to size.


In Phonics, we will discuss environmental sounds, rhythm and rhyme. In a month we will be moving onto Phase 2 phonics, where we will learn all the initial sounds and learn to read simple words.


Activities to support your learning at home:

  • Listening to any sounds that you can hear when your are outdoors.
  • Practise writing your name and discuss what letters are in your name.
  • Talk about the letters in different words. E.g. reading labels on packets or tins. Discuss the shape of the letters.
  • Read numbers that you see every day, such as numbers on houses or car registration plates.
  • Practise counting familiar objects, such as stairs or shoes.
  • Share stories together and have story time! Talk about the stories you have read.


Key Information and Dates for Gnome Class:


  • PE will be on a Monday afternoon with Mr Roberts and then with Sure Start later on in the year.
  • Reading books will be given out in week 3 or 4 of this half term, after the Gnomes have had chance to settle in at school.
  • Snack money should be handed in on a Monday morning to a member of staff in Gnome Class for the whole week. Please be mindful that we cannot always check children's book bags for their snack money.


14th September - School Disco

4th October - Parent event in hall at 2pm

10th October - Forest Schools visit session 1

28th November - Forest Schools visit session 2

13th February - Forest Schools visit session 3

13th March - Forest Schools visit session 4

24th April - Forest Schools visit session 5


If you would like to help out in Gnome Class, please come and see a member of staff. Whether you are a mum, dad, grandma, grandad or sibling, you are more than welcome to come and join us!


If you have any questions or worries please come and see us, we are here to help in any way we can!


Thank you,

The EYFS Team

Useful Websites:


Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage -  http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf 


Phonics Play website - http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 


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