We are now taking Admission Requests for our September 2020 Nursery Starters - Limited Spaces Available! Please inquire at the School Office.
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.
Spring 2: Was Goldilocks Really Naughty?
This half term our learning will be mainly based around Traditional Fairy Tales. We will be learning lots of traditional stories and experiencing them in many different ways to really help us remember and understand them. We plan to learn the stories off by heart so when it comes to writing them we will find it much easier. We will be doing lots of role play and acting out the stories too as well as creating characters through art and design. We also plan to bake our own gingerbread men and plant our own beanstalks. During Science Fortnight we will be visited by "Zoolab" who will be bringing lots of different animals for us to look at and talk about. For the last two weeks of half term we will also be receiving our very own eggs to look after so lots of learning around life cycles and understanding of the world will be taking place too. We will continue to focus on a new number each week and use "Numberblocks" to engage children in exploring and understanding the key areas of mathematical thinking.
Spring 1: What does it take to be a superhero?
Welcome to 2020! This half term our learning will be mainly based around the question, "What does it take to be a superhero?". We plan to start by talking about our favourite superheros. In addition, we will be reading lots of Superhero themed books such as the "Supertato" series of stories by Sue Hendra. To further motivate children's learning we will be creating lots of different opportunities for the children to be superheros themselves so keep an eye on Tapestry to see the different "superhero" problems that the children will be tackling. Such challenges will include, writing letters to "The Evil Pea" to rescue our trapped toys, designing and making traps for "The Evil Pea" and writing our own superhero stories. We will continue to focus on a new number each week and use "Numberblocks" to engage children in exploring and understanding the key areas of mathematical thinking.
Autumn 2: How do we celebrate?
This half term our learning will begin by being based around the question, "How do we celebrate?". We plan to celebrate Bonfire Night, Diwali, a birthday, a wedding and Christmas. Learning opportunities will be motivating and relevant to children such as replying to letters and writing shopping lists for items that will be bought for a party that they have planned. In addition, we plan to immerse ourselves in The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and The Scarecrow's Wedding by Julia Donaldson. Alongside this, we will also be extremely busy preparing for our Nativity, "A King is Born".
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
Thank you to everyone who attended "Stay and Play" on 12th November - what a great turn out! The next session will be Thursday 5th December.