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Welcome to Foundation

Welcome to Foundation Stage. The EYFS staff work as a team and the children work with all of the staff. The Foundation Stage staff are Mrs Glover, Mrs Tait, Mrs Steele, Miss Spencer, Mrs Socorro and Mrs Crompton. All of the children have a key worker and this is who parents and carers meet with at parents meetings. Teaching and learning follows the EYFS curriculum.

All children have the opportunity to work inside both classrooms and outside during the day and learning is based around different themes that are led by the children’s interests. Each week we engage and interest the children through different hooks for learning to make learning exciting. During the year the children go on various visits, such as a trip to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year, a trip to see Santa and a trip to the aviation park. During the summer term children take part in forest school and we have themed days that are linked to our topics, e.g. Super hero party and Snail’s Birthday party.

Homework

At the end of each week children bring home their ‘Our News, Your News’ book. News books inform parents of what the children have been learning that week and provide the opportunity for children to share what they have been doing at home with school.

Reading

Each week children are given a reading book to read at home. Children change their reading books in school twice a week and have a designated day for changing their books and a designated day for reading in school. The children read once a week to the teacher and read in a small group once a fortnight.

Letters and Sounds

Each day children take part in a taught phonic session where they develop skills to read and write words. In addition to this children are given a weekly phonics challenge to help them to apply their phonic skills.  From spring term children take home word books so that they can practise the new sounds that they have been taught in school.

Maths

In Foundation Stage we have a hands on approach to Maths and children work practically to help make sense of number, shape, space and measure. Children take part in a taught maths lesson daily and are given opportunities to apply their skills during independent learning as well as focus activities with the teacher each week.

Support at Home

There are lots of things that parent and carers can do at home to support their child such as the following; playing games and taking turns, reading different types of books, encouraging their child to be aware of print and numbers in the environment such as numbers on doors or signs, developing fine and gross motor control, e.g. using playdough, chunky chalks, ball games, painting with water, going on wildlife walks, observing seasonal changes, singing songs and nursery rhymes, talking together.

Useful Websites

Phonics Play – www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Alphablocks – (Cbeebies)

Numberblocks – (Cbeebies)

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