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 2: Where Do I Live?
We will start this half term by celebrating Bonfire Night whilst learning about the importance of staying safe. From Week 2 our learning will be based around the question "Where do I live?". We will start by looking at photos of our houses and talking about their features, then we will be learning about our local area by exploring Google Earth and may even go on a local walk to find some of the points of interest. Will be learn about maps, what they are used for and have a go at making our own. Our focus book for the half term will be "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
In maths we will continue use Cbeebie's Numberblocks and White Rose Maths to focus on a number each week so the children develop a deep understanding of each number and the key mathematical principles of subitising (instantly recognising a small quantity without having to count), quantity (the amount you have of something) and partitioning (separating a set into two or more subsets).
As we move into December we will be celebrating Christmas in lots of exciting ways - it will look a little different to years gone by but will make sure will be having lots of fun!
Don't forget to access Tapestry every day and click on "Our Learning Snapshots" tabs (to the right of this page) to see what we have been up to each week.
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!
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.
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.
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.