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.  

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Welcome Presentation link

 Stay and Play Workshop Presentations 

Read, Write, Inc. workshop presentation

Maths workshop presentation 

Resources

Twinkl is also offering parents one month's free subscription to their wide range of activities and resources.  Please go the their website www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

Phonics Play are also offering free access to their website for fun games using phonics. 

Other websites that maybe useful are https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html and 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.

Summer 2nd half term 

During our last week of term, the children looked at their favourite books,  made outfits and designed their own egg carrier.  What a lot of learning!  We are very proud of all our Foundation Stage pupils and wish them well in Year 1 next year.

This week, the children have been looking closely at their faces and have drawn self-portraits.  Also, in R.E. we have been exploring why things are special to us and the children have worked hard to make their own scrolls.  

We found out that Leonardo Da Vinci was a very clever man and a  true 'Renaissance Man'.  This is because he was a master of many different areas. He was an expert painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist, inventor and writer.   Leonardo Da Vinci wrote backwards so that others would find it difficult to read his notes. We practised using mirror writing, too!  Then we designed our own inventions, including colourful plasters that stay on until the cut is healed and a helpful kitchen tool.  This week, we have also been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. 

This week, we are finishing off writing our version of the 'Farmer Duck' story.  In maths, we are looking at number pairs that make a total and, in topic, we are looking at different types of animals.

We have now started to read the story, 'Farmer Duck'.  The children had great fun drawing their favourite scenes re-enacting the story using their toys and writing our story maps.  In maths, we are exploring how to measure in different ways.  We used counters and rulers to measure and compare heights.   We have also weighed different items, finding out which was the heaviest and lightest.  As well as this, we looked at verbs and had fun acting and drawing some actions.

Another busy week in Foundation Stage, with the children writing interesting descriptions of what they can see.  They have also been exploring UK money, recognising each coin and how much it is worth.  As well as this, we have been 'Super Scientists' and explored which liquids or types of soap clean germs off our hands, using the pepper experiment.  Everyone discovered that liquid soap of any type was the best at cleaning.  However, we had some surprising results, with some cleaning effects being shown by toothpaste, vinegar, lemon juice and tomato ketchup!

This week, we have looked at the different types of technology that we use at home and in school. We have also drawn and labelled a story plan based on the book 'The Duck in the Truck'.  Using our plans, we wrote our stories over several days to make our own books. Then in art, we had fun making vehicles, mostly from our stories, and used our finishing skills to make them look more realistc.  In maths, we practised adding and sometimes used a function machine to challenge our thinking. 

We have written a recount of what we did during half term and made our own weather charts. Also, we have used our observation skills to help us write descriptions of hot air balloons, followed by making our own hot air balloons. Also, we decided which characters we were going to use in our stories based on 'The Duck in the Truck' and drew our word mats.  Then, we looked at which pronouns we should use and drew a picture to help us to remember.

Summer 1

In the last week of term, we have been busy writing story maps for our versions of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', including unicorns, peach trees and fairies!  We have also been looking at when, where and why we wear special clothes.  The children enjoyed showing some of their own special clothes and drawing some special clothes that Hindus might wear. In maths we have been looking at how we measure using time. The children have ordered the days of the week and challenged themselves to see how many times they can jump etc. in 1 minute. The children have also started telling the time on a clock.

This week, we have been exploring friction in science rolling different balls on a variety of textured surfaces.  We found out that rough surfaces cause more friction than smooth surfaces.   We have also been practising counting in 2s, investigating odd and even numbers and talking about how to be a good friend.

It is lovely to see you have been busy planting at home, that must have helped you to write instructions on how to plant a seed or bulb.  As well as this, we started reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and had lots of fun retelling the story using our toys.  FS had great fun creating pictures inspired by Piet Mondrian.

This week we have written our own instructions for a variety of simple tasks, created our own family trees, designed our dream gardens, and looked at doubling, halving and sharing. On Thursday we celebrated V.E. Day by making our own medals and flags.  Wow - what a busy week we have had! 

This week all children have continued to impress us with their learning, creative ideas and positive energy. This week we have finished our stories based around the classic tale of ‘The Enormous Turnip’and have been writing about spring. Also, we have been creating our own shape models and pictures and have been using bubbles to create different prints. 

We are so proud of our Foundation Stage pupils, parents and carers who have all embraced the new way of learning via our online lessons on Zoom.  This week the children have been learning the classic tale of ‘The Enormous Turnip’, including some fun role play with their toys.  Also, we have been super scientists and carried out dissolving experiments.  As well as this, we have drawn maps of our favourite rooms in our home.  What a busy week of learning and well done everyone!

 

SPRING 2

The children recently enjoyed planting seeds in the outside area.  They chose to plant different vegetables and flowers.  The children have also started to tell the time using a clock.  They have recognised o’clock times and some children can find half past.

 

Spring 1

FS children had lots of fun during their Forest school session. We made caterpillars and butterflies using different naturals materials. The children also went on a scavenger hunt around the allotment. On Tuesday it was very wet and the children decided they would like to lead the session by jumping in lots of puddles. The children were very good at  finding puddles and really enjoyed themselves. We also celebrated a birthday and made our first forest school birthday cake. 

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.

 

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