"There is a supportive family feel to the school, and pastoral care is a key strength. Most parents are happy with the school and agree that their children are happy, safe and making good progress."
Ofsted March 2017
Welcome to Cuba Class. In Cuba class we aim to provide a secure, safe, caring and stimulating environment for all the children in our care. We try to foster a love of learning and positive attitude in all the children as they embark on their own personal journey through the EYFS curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum consists of the 7 areas of learning and development, which are split into 3 prime areas (PSED, C&L and PD) and 7 specific areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) - Develops the confidence and independence of children both individually and as part of a group.
- Communication and Language (C&L) - develops children's ability to communicate effectively through the development of speaking and listening skills.
- Physical Development (PD) - develops children's skills in fine and gross motor movements, improving control and coordination of the body and help children to learn to move and handle equipment efficiently.
- Literacy - develops early skills in reading and writing and included phonics.
- Mathematics - develops children's understanding of number, measurement, shape, space patterns and quantity.
- Understanding the World (UW) - develops children's understanding of the world around them helping them to investigate their environment, community and use of technology.
- Expressive Arts and Design (EA&D) - children learn to communicate through colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, role play and stories.
PE takes place on Thursday morning. You are encouraged to leave the PE kits at school and we will send them home at the end of each term. PE kits should include: suitable foot ware (trainers or plimsolls), a t-shirt (in their house colour) and shorts/tracksuit bottoms. If your child is unable to take part in PE, you must provide a signed note, stating the reason why.
Homework consists of a home learning grid which changes termly. Please choose at least one activity each week and bring it into school on a Thursday. You may choose from any column, but please make sure you do a variety of activities covering the areas of the curriculum. Each week a different piece of home learning will be chosen to receive a merit on a Friday.
Books will be changed once a week but please ensure your child brings in their book bags every day. Please try to read with your child every night. If there are three signatures in your child's reading record per week, they will receive a class point (which works towards a prize!).
To encourage reading for pleasure, we will also be visiting our school library every week with our reading buddy class so children can pick their own library books to read at home. We will also be visiting the local library in Balham once every term.
To encourage the children to recognise the seasons in the local area, we will be going on a nature walk to Wandsworth Common every half term.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to me or arrange an appointment.