Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

This week our learning theme is 'Feeling Good Week'.

Welcome to the Owls Class (EYFS Unit)


Mrs Paynter  




Teaching Assistants



Learning Support Assistant: 

Ms Lacey

Miss Watts



Mrs Smith


Week Commencing 20.05.24

Our theme is: Feeling Good Week


We have been discussing our emotions and zones of regulation. Our classroom has a new calm corner in it. Our children have been good at discussing the things they like doing to make them feel better, such as singing, cooking, art, reading books, talking to friends or family, playing with friends or family. 

Nyla and Ayanda love “singing and dancing”. Isaac and Archer love art. Harry enjoys painting and singing and Evie loves singing with her new Karaoke machine. Oliver loves playing cricket and football with his brother and Rafa especially enjoys getting his dad out in cricket. Travis likes playing football with his big brother. Gerogie loves playing with her kittens. Emmie, Lily Sammy and Arabella enjoy playing with their friends and their families. 

The children have worked really hard this term. I want to say a big well done to all of them - they have been superstars! We finish our week with our pasta point treat on Friday morning. The children wanted to invite a family member to ‘stay and play’ and serve you something tasty like a ‘tea party’. The children can all bring in a special toy from home to share in our tea party too. 

Note for your diaries: Our class assembly is Thursday morning 6th of June (first week back after half term).


Literacy - It is poetry week this week and we focus on ‘nonsense poetry’. We will use the ‘Owl and the pussycat’ by Edward Lear. We will be asking the children. What do we notice? Can we spot rhythm, rhyme, repetitionWe will think about word choice - what rhymes and makes it silly or funny. We will discuss that it is a nonsense poem because it doesn’t really make sense. We will create a class list of rhyming words we can spot and funny/nonsense parts of the poem.  Children will have a go at writing down their favourite words from the poem.  In our next lesson the children will create their own funny/silly made up nonsense character. The teacher will have made up their own silly character and share this with the children. The children will then have a go at doing their own, using their imaginations. The sillier and funnier the better! In our third lesson we will turn one of our ideas into a line in a poem that can be read back by others.

Maths - In maths this week we recap some areas which we feel need a little more focus in order to support the children's understanding. At the start of the week we focus on number bonds to five, including subtraction facts. We will sing the song 5 in the bed and talk about how one bear falls out each time, using the stem sentence 

There were _____ teddies on the bed. ____fell off the bed ____ now there are ______ teddies. 

,______ - _______ = _____________. _____ teddies take away ______ teddies is equal to ____________/ in order to show our understanding. Later on in the week we will look at 3D shapes, first curved shapes and begin to use mathematical vocabulary to describe these shapes. We will explore which shapes can roll or slide down a ramp. We will then move onto 3D shapes with flat faces, again using mathematical vocabulary to describe these. We will explore which shapes are best to use to make towers.

Understanding of the World This week we will do lots of singing, dancing and art as part of our feeling good week. We loved having a go at African dancing last week and this week we will look at traditional Spanish dancing (Oliver). We will also be preparing a healthy refreshment snack to share on Friday.


Phonics Sounds of the Week

Poem of the Week

Word(s) of the Week Song of the Week

Phase 2 and 3 with words ending in ing, ed that sound like ‘t’ ed that should like ‘id’ and est. 

The owl and the pussycat


Wellbeing, poetry, exercise


When the ants go marching …



Our termly class letter is available here



PE Days:

  • Thursday (pm)
  • Friday (am) Specialist Coaching



RE learning 

In Religious Education, we will be learning about different celebrations and festivals which link to the heritage of some of the children. 

What the children say...

In our EYFS unit we plan according to the children's interests. We spend time talking to the children, asking them what they already know and what they would like to find out.

Our weekly themes are led by the children. Each week we share ideas and then pick a theme for the coming week


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