Foundation Stage

Welcome to Foundation Stage.  Please check here for latest updates.  We hope that we can build many memories before the children move into Year 1.  

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Autumn 2

 

Nativity Performances

Foundation Stage are very excited about performing 'The Nativity' to their families.  We have been busy practicing our songs and lines and look forward to seeing FS1 families at 2pm on Friday 13th December and FS2 families on Monday 16th December.   

Forest School 

Since starting Forest School, the children have been fascinated by the huge apple tree in the allotment.  This week we read the story,  'Apple Trouble' by Ragnhild Scamell, which told the story of a hedgehog who ended up up with lots of items from the autumnal hedgerow stuck in his spines, including an apple.  We explored our allotment to see what autumnal items we could find, then all the children had the opportunity to pick an apple off the tree.

Recently, we have been looking at the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell.  We talked about what birds used to make nests, then the children used natural materials to make their own nests for one of the Owl Babies.

The children had lots of fun at their first session at Forest School.  We looked for signs of autumn, talked about safety, explored the area, played a game called, 'Moths and bats' and reflected what we enjoyed about the session.

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AUTUMN 1

FS Buddies

FS have now been partnered up with their year 6 buddies.  We had fun getting to know one another in the playground. 

NSPCC

Well done to Foundation Stage who took part in our NSPCC fundraising day. We had lots of fun jumping, running, skipping and throwing and catching. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the children. 

Read, Write, Inc.

We have been working hard to learn our letter sounds and we are beginning to blend them together to read words. We have also been forming the letters using pre-cursive handwriting. 

Seasons

We have been learning about autumn and looking at changes over time. This has inspired our activities and helped us to look at the similarities and differences of all the seasons. 

Our First Half Term

Wow! Foundation Stage have 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. 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Forest School

 We are excited to be starting forest school week commencing 11.11.19. 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. 

If you are able to help at these sessions please speak to Mrs Moseley or Mrs Bogalski.

 

Scissor Skills

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:

Scissor Chant

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.

 

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)

 

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
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 To find out the aspects of each area of learning, click here.