Welcome to Foundation Stage. Please check here for the latest updates. We hope that we can have lots of fun learning through play together throughout the year.
London Class - Mrs Bogalski
Paris Class - Mrs Moseley
Year Group LSA's - Miss Bifield, Mrs Coolbear, Mrs Elsayed, Miss Thompson, Mrs Selwyn
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Click here for the Foundation Stage timetable
Click here for our curriculum map
From 7th January 2021, our day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3:00pm.
From Thursday 7th January, all lessons will be delivered through remote learning on Zoom.
To access lessons you will need:
1. Zoom downloaded onto a device that your child can use for three hours a day.
2. The correct meeting ID which are also available on our Zoom page on the website:
9.00-10.00am English Lesson: 982 2026 4496
10.30-11.30am Maths Lesson: 986 9666 3720
1.00-2.00pm Topic Lesson: 926 1965 8711
3. The passcode has been emailed to you.
Zoom Lesson Resources
Specific resources for Zoom lessons are here. For general resources, e.g. number lines and alphabet mats, see Home Learning Support below.
Monday: Writing template
Maths: Support Coin-ordering-cut-and-paste-activity-sheet.pdf
Tuesday: Writing template
Wednesday: Writing template
Thursday: Writing template
Friday: Feedback Friday
Zoom students: Feedback on Zoom to share work from the week (see email for your time slot)
Please use the normal Zoom ID codes and passwords for that time e.g. 9-10am use literacy lesson codes.
Friday Challenges (Click on link or see school website 'More' tab above)
This half term, we are looking at people who help us. In school this week, the children had a surprise when their classroom was all messy. They had to find clues as to who could have done it. They found special equipment that Batman had dropped, after The Joker had run away. The children enjoyed writing about Batman's gear. Also, they created their own superheroes and described their special powers.
Today we have been looking at money in maths. We can identify different coins and put them in order of value, we have even started to add different coins to find the total.
In Foundation Stage, we went on a rocket ride into the future and explored what jobs we might like to do when we get older. We also looked at characteristics that would help us to be successful, like perseverance and resilience. Can you guess what some of the children's jobs will be from their drawings?
We also celebrated Chinese New Year.
This week we have been looking at rhyming words in our writing and showing our knowledge of number by saying whether each number is higher or lower than 10 or 20.
This week we have been looking at the book 'The Little Red Hen'. We have been sequencing the story and acting our our favourite parts.
In Topic, we have been looking at winter. As part of this work, we looked closely at snowflakes and made our own. We also investigated what makes ice melt faster and had great fun making our own music compositions with an icy winter theme. As well as this, we wrote icy poems.
During out literacy lessons we have been looking at the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We can re-tell the story and write our own version of the story.
In maths, we have been continuing repeated patterns and making our own patterns with 2, 3 or 4 colours or shapes. We have also been exploring doubling, halving and sharing.
This week in maths we are looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have been looking at the difference between 'flat' 2D shapes and 'solid' 3D shapes. We have also been looking at the faces of each 3D shape and whether they have flat faces or curved faces. We found that those shapes with curved faces will roll and those with flat faces will slide. There are shapes with both flat and curved faces which will roll and slide.
Also we have started to write our story maps for 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', making linear patterns and honing our cutting skills. As well as this we investigated odd and even numbers.
Foundation Stage have been enjoying our Forest School sessions. We have been busy climbing trees, exploring, looking for signs of autumn and moving bark into our allotment.
Our First Half Term
Wow! Foundation Stage have almost finished their first half term. They have all settled very well and we have seen them progress already. We have been working very hard and the children have enjoyed exploring the different activities on offer.
- Foundation Stage children have started Forest School.
HOme learning support
How Can I Help My Child to Read?
1. Use pure letter sounds, not letter names (Click here to hear the correct pronunciation of pure letter sounds and more information about phonics)
2. Use Fred Talk to read and spell words
- We use Fred Fingers to help children sound out words to spell easily, holding up one finger for each sound/syllable in a word
- It is a tool so they will be able to spell any word.
3. Listen to your child read their homework storybook every day
4. Read stories to your child every day
For more information about how we teach children to read, please see the curriculum page on this website, where you will also find the Read, Write, Inc. presentation from the parents meeting in the autumn term.
You can find a range of free e-books available to read on any tablet on the Oxford Owl website. Please click here.
Other useful resources to support your child's reading:-
Teach Your Monster to Read
Nessy Reading Strategy videos (search Youtube)
Alphablocks videos (search BBC website or Youtube)
Mr Thorne does Phonics website (Geraldine Giraffe)
Phonics Play (on-line games)
Twinkl.co.uk (some free printable resources
BBC Bitesize KS1.
Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics resources
To help support your child's phonic learning, please see the daily RWI phonics lessons from www.ruthmiskin.com, please click here for more information or visit their website.
Please use your child's latest RWI assessment to see which sound needs to be taught next. Click here or go to the Zoom page of our website for more information on RWI, including support materials like an alphabet sound mat.
Stay and Play Workshop Presentation
Free Read, Write, Inc. eBooks
To support your child's reading development, please visit the Oxford Owl website at https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ where you can create a login and read free ebooks at your child's Read, Write, Inc. level.
Below, please find a number of resources to support your child's maths learning
Online beadstring to support counting
Online clock to learn to tell the time
Stay and Play Workshop Presentation
We are excited to be starting forest school week commencing 02.11.20. For more information please click here.
Please note that your child will need to bring to school with them the following items: wellies, waterproof coat and spare trousers.
It is really important to help young children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. This will support them with moving around confidently and holding a pencil to write effectively. Some activities that you can do with your child are listed below:
- Threading string onto objects or through holes, e.g. beads, pasta shapes, hole punched card
- Using tweezers to move objects
- Using a pencil to make marks, draw and colour
- Screwing and unscrewing nuts and bolts
- Doing up and undoing shirt buttons
- Using playdough
- Going for a walk or having a run around
- Climbing trees or park equipment
- Playing physical games, e.g. tag, stuck in the mud
- Catching balls and beanbags of different sizes
- Joining in with an exercise video:-
In FS, we have found that many children need extra help with their cutting skills. Please click here to find a diagram of how to hold scissors correctly and would be grateful if you could help your child to use scissors correctly and safely. The scissor chant below may help them to remember:
Open, shut. Open, shut
That’s the way we cut, cut, cut.
Fingers on the bottom, thumb on top,
Do not let the paper drop.
Open, shut. Open, shut
That’s the way we cut, cut, cut.
What are the characteristics of effective learning?
The characteristics of effective learning play an important part in the Early Years Foundation Stage as they address how the child learns rather then what the child learns. There are three characteristics of effective learning outlined in the non-statutory guidance 'Development Matters'. These are Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically. Each one of these is then divided into three further elements. Each element plays an important role in enabling your child to learn successfully.
Click here to find out more about the characteristics of effective learning.
What to expect, when?
For guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage, please click here. This document include how you can support your child's learning at home and has other useful sites to find out more information.
What are the Early Learning Goals?
The aim is for every child to be securely working in the Early Learning Goal (ELG) by the end of the year in each of the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
To find out the aspects of each area of learning, click here.