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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 Steele, Mrs Foster, Miss Spencer and Mrs Socorro. 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 and finding out about the world behind them. 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. During the year the children take part in forest school and we have themed days that are linked to our topics.

Homework 

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 have three reading practice sessions with a teacher. Their first read is to decode, the second is to read with fluency and expression (prosody) and the third is to discuss the book and answer comprehension based questions.

Each week children will be allocated an e-book to read at home, this is the book they have read at school during that week. They are also allocated a physical reading book that is matched to their reading level. The children will also be sent home with a story to share as a family.

Phonics 

At St Wilfrid’s we follow the Little Wandle phonics scheme. The children are taught phonics every day, parents are informed about which sounds we have been learning in their ‘our news’ books.

We follow the Little Wandle handwriting formation. We teach rhymes that support the children with their recall of what each letter looks like.

Pencil grip

We encourage the children to use a tripod grip when holding their pencil. We have activities each day that support the development of their fine motor control eg using tweezers, dough tools, threading, scrunching paper, ripping paper, paint rollers, peg boards, clothes pegs, fishing games etc. 

Maths 

In Foundation Stage we have a hands on approach to Maths and children work practically to help make sense of number and numerical patterns. 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 parents 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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