Welcome to Foundation Stage

Learning in Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage, we believe that young children learn best through play and following their own interests. With this in mind, we decide on a theme for each half term but this will often change direction based on the children's ideas and fascinations. 

Children in our Foundation Stage learn by exploring and investigating our areas of provision in which resources and activities are set to challenge and extend learning and development. In addition to our engaging indoor and outdoor provision, children take part in daily focused activities in which they are directly taught skills and knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics.

Autumn 1: All About me

We are really looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you all over this first half term. We will be reading lots of books about starting school and what makes us special. We will be doing lots of speaking and listening activities around our topic as well as practising our name writing and creating art work about ourselves and our families. We will be starting daily phonics sessions in week 2. We follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme so check out the link below for video clips and ways to support your child at home. In maths, we will be focusing on careful counting, working with numbers 1-5 and the shapes, circle, triangle, square and rectangle. We use BBC Numberblocks to support with our mathematical understanding and development. 

You will be introduced to our class mascots, Larry the Ladybird and Betty the Butterfly. Our mascots stay with a different child each weekend - they are looking forward to staying with you already!

Our Learning Snapshots

Tapestry 

We use Tapestry Online Learning Journal to build a special record of each child's experiences and journey through their time in Foundation Stage. We use photographs, videos and notes to show learning and progression through the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Communication between staff and parents on Tapestry helps to build a shared understanding of how every child can reach their full potential, we therefore encourage all parents/carers to add to their child's profile. 

Stay and Play

We will be starting "Stay and Play" sessions as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Reading

Here is the link to Oxford Owl where you will find lots of reading books that match your child's reading level. For your username and password please see the "Oxford Owl" Tapestry upload. The link is also available on Tapestry.

 

https://oxfordowl.co.uk 

2020-2021 Long Term Plan

Phonics: Read Write Inc

Here is the link to the Read Write Inc website. Read Write Inc is the scheme we use to successfully teach children how to read and write over their year in Reception. Phonics teaching using Read Write Inc will also continue into KS1. You will find lots of video clips and advice around how to support your child's reading and writing development at home.