Welcome to the Foundation Stage!
We are a class that value the importance of learning through play. We have such a great classroom, both inside and out, filled with lots of fun resources to help us to become independent learners. Our Foundation Stage team carefully plan teaching and learning to take account of all our children’s individual needs.
Meet Our Foundation Stage Team
Miss Weston - Class Teacher
Miss Griffiths - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Capper - Teaching Assistant
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and our activities are planned around the 7 areas of learning which are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Including Religious Education
We would like you, as parents, to feel free to offer any ideas of your child's interests, places they have visited and activities that they have done that we can build upon. Please send ideas in your child's reading diaries, on a slip of paper, homework books or pass any ideas on to a member of staff.
Here is an overview of the coming term and what we have planned for your children to enjoy!
During this half term we will be looking at seasonal changes to our environment from Autumn to Winter. We can`t wait to decide what we are going to learn about.
Our text this Autumn is 'The Gruffalo'
We will be learning…
all about the Author and Illustrator
all about the characters, setting and plot
all about what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story
all about the rhyme and alliteration
all about re-telling and answering questions about the story.
and so much more
In Maths our children will be learning about shapes both 2D and 3D. We are learning how to count to 10 and recognising numbers to 10/20 (and beyond). We will also be learning all about comparing, 1 more and 1 less and weight. We will also be learning all about addition and subtraction.
Nursery are learning how to form all of the letters in our name correctly and some are beginning to write CVC words using all the taught sounds so far. The children are also learning how to write numbers to 10/20 correctly and the right way around using Ten Town. Reception are working very hard forming all the letters of the alphabet correctly and beginning to write sentences.
Our Class Routine
Our children arrive at school from 8:30 - 8:45 through the Foundation Stage green gate, and self-register. We do some welcoming activities and find out what the day has in store for us.
We then have focused guided learning time whilst other children learn through play. Children play indoors and/or outdoors and access activities that support their development in the seven areas of learning either independently or in a focused activity with an adult. Adults observe and interact with children to assess what they are able to do, what their next steps need to be and to help them progress towards those next steps. Children are then picked up from those gates at 14:45 - 15:00.
A navy blue woollen jumper/cardigan (must have the school logo).
A white polo shirt or shirt in Foundation 1 (Nursery).
A white collared shirt in Foundation 2 (Reception).
School tie (optional for Nursery)
Girls - grey skirt or pinafore/ Boys - grey trousers
Sensible black, flat school shoes (no boots, trainers or pumps).
Girls hair accessories - navy blue or navy blue and yellow for all head bands and hair bobbles.
On Friday mornings we get changed for PE to learn new skills and use the hall apparatus. The children should have a full P.E. kit in school at all times.
This should include:
White t-shirt/polo with school logo
Navy blue shorts
All clearly labelled in a PE Bag.
We take part in phonics lessons taken from Letters and Sounds learnt through songs and actions taken from Jolly Phonics. We do this to help your child read and spell. Below are the sounds the children will be learning across the Phases.
Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get the children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.
In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught in the following sequence:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s - a - t to make the word sat.
During Phase 2, the following tricky words (which cannot be decoded) are:
the, to, go, no, I, into
In Phase 3, children will already be able to blend and segment words containing the 19 letters taught in Phase 2. Twenty-five new graphemes are introduced during this phase.
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
During Phase 3, children will also learn the letter names using an alphabet song, although they will continue to use the sounds when decoding words.
During Phase 2, the following tricky words (which cannot be decoded) are:
he, she, we, he, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her
When children start Phase 4, they will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them.
Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.
In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which has adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.
During Phase 4, the following tricky words (which cannot be decoded) are:
said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what
Children entering Phase 5 will be able to read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string, flask. They will also be able to read and spell some polysyllabic words e.g sandpit, lunchbox, pondweed.
In Phase 5, children will learn more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to ay as in day and a-e as in make.
Alternative pronunciations for graphemes will also be introduced, e.g. ea as in tea, head, break.
With practice, speed with recognising and blending graphemes will improve. Word and spelling knowledge will be worked on extensively.
During Phase 5, the following tricky words (which cannot be decoded) are:
oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could
Outside of the phonics lessons the children are given lots of opportunities to practice and apply the new sounds and skills they have learnt to enhance and become confident to use these skills independently with their reading and writing.
We encourage our children to read their reading book at home with an adult at least three times a week and we have introduced a new reward system for them for doing this, when we have seen the completed reading diary each Friday, we will be giving them a raffle ticket. At the end of this half term, we will be putting all the raffle tickets in a hat and your child could be in with the chance of winning our 'Reading Prize'.
Your Child’s Learning Journey
We collect information about your children's learning achievements and progress electronically, which contain observations of your child, photos of activities, achievements, and Magic Moments from home. This is a joint home and school celebration of what your child has achieved and will be available for you to browse through every half term. Please do support us by emailing us back with achievements your child does at home with a picture and a short caption of where they were and what they were doing to be included in your child’s learning journey.
Thank you for your continued support with your child’s education.