Foundation Stage

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.  

Class Names 

London Class - Mrs Bogalski

Paris Class - Mrs Moseley

Year Group LSA's  - Miss Bifield, Mrs Coolbear, Mrs Elsayed, Mrs Selwyn

 

Click here for our termly newsletter

Click here for the Foundation Stage timetable

Click here for our curriculum map

 

During Summer Term 2021, our day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3:10pm. 

 

Transition Week

Please see below to view the Transition Booklet for your child:

 

Current Foundation Stage Children  - Year 1 Rome Class Transition Booklet

Current Foundation Stage Children  - Year 1 Warsaw Class Transition Booklet

 

New children starting Foundation Stage in September 2021 Transition Booklet

 

Lessons on Zoom - Week commencing 19.07.21

Current Foundation Stage children

Tuesday – Thursday mornings with Year 1 teachers

The lessons will take place each morning 

Lesson 1 at 9.20 to 10.05am

Lesson 2 at 10.30 to 11.15am

 The code and password for both of these lessons will be the same.

The code will be 942 0887 9982

 

Tuesday – Thursday

Afternoon lesson -1.00pm

Zoom code: 926 1965 8711

Please see Scopay email message for the password

 

Friday

Lesson 1 - 9.30-10.15am (writing template to download) 

Lesson 2 - 10.45-11.30am

Lesson 3 - 1.00-1.45pm

Zoom code: 926 1965 8711 (same as above)

Please see Scopay email message for the password.

 

Children starting school in September 2021

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9.30am-9.45am   English lesson (15 mins)      

Zoom code: 962 1526 8608

 

10.30am-10.45am        Maths lesson (15 mins)                   

Zoom code: 923 0715 3890

 

Please see Scopay email message for the password.

 

 

 

 

New Parent Meeting Presentation

 

 

 

FS reading list

Free e-books can be found on the Oxford Owl Website 

Free e-books can also be found on the Hampshire Library Website

High Frequency Tricky Words

If your children can confidently read the tricky words on their homework sheets, try learning a few more from the lists below:

100 High Frequency Tricky Words              Download

200 High Frequency Tricky Words              Download

SUMMER 2

 

This week, Foundation Stage took part in their first school sports day.  The children had great fun participating in the egg and spoon race,  the obstacle race, tin can alley and the over and under race.  Later, they enjoyed the running and marching races.  At the end of the afternoon, the Phoenix house team won the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 sports day.  Well done to everyone!

Foundation Stage had great fun on their trip to Finkley Down Farm.  It started by a very exciting journey on the coach!  During our visit, we enjoyed stroking the bunnies, brushing and the pony and feeding the goats and alpacas.  In the afternoon, we visited the reptiles and birds of prey.  The day finished off by some fun in the play park.  What a fabulous day!

SUMMER 1

 

The children really enjoyed completing the missions during science week.  They drew galaxies using chalk pastels, discovered how craters are formed, tried to find ways to seal an astronauts glove and drew all the planets in the solar system.  They also worked in groups to make a moon lander that they tested, using a drop-test, to see if the 'astronauts' would remain inside the capsule.

At Forest School, we have been practising tying knots, which has proved quite tricky!  The children have also found it fascinating to search for mini-beasts in their habitats.

Spring 2

 

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.

Spring 1

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.

 

AUTUMN 2

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. 

AUTUMN 1

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. 

 

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HOme learning support

 Literacy

 

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

5. When the children watch English TV, display the English subtitles so that they can read along.

 

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

ICT Games  https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html 

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.

Timetable of set 1, set 2. and set 3 sounds being taught on YouTube until 31.7.20

Please also click on the links for some useful sound worksheets set 1, set 2 and set 3,  reading checklist and parent FAQs.

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.

 

More information and helpful resources for Read, Write, Inc. can be found on the Oxford Owl website

Stay and Play Workshop Presentation

Read, Write, Inc. 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.

 

Mathematics

Below, please find a number of resources to support your child's maths learning

Online beadstring to support counting

Online number square to support counting

Number line to 20, Number line to 100,  100 Square, Number bonds to 10

Number cards to 20, Number cards to 30

Caterpillar number ordering to 20, helicoptor rescue number ordering to 20

Balloon counting to 20

Number Formation Rhymes

2D Shape NamesProperties of 2D Shapes

3D Shape NamesProperties of 3D Shapes

British Coin Word Mat

Online clock to learn to tell the time

Days of the week

Months of the year

Snakes and ladders game to 100 printable, online snakes and ladders game

Numicon cut outs

Stay and Play Workshop Presentation

Maths workshop presentation 

 

Forest School

The children have been really enjoying Forest School. 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. 

In the Spring term 2021, we go to Forest School on the following days:

Half of London Class - Wednesday

Half of Paris Class - Thursday

Please see the email to see when your child's group is going to Forest School.

 

Physical Development 

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
  • Painting
  • Screwing and unscrewing nuts and bolts
  • Doing up and undoing shirt buttons
  • Using playdough

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.

 

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.