We are very excited about this school year. All of our classrooms are bright and spacious, providing the ideal environment for both learning and child-initiated activities. The children are supported by the class teacher and teaching assistants throughout the week. The Foundation Stage Two team is Miss Guthrie, Miss Howard, Miss Farooque, Miss Bustard and Miss Barker. The daily routine involves a wide curriculum of free choice activities with some structured learning. This balances academic and creative tasks
We pride ourselves on our uniform. Children should all come to school wearing full school uniform: a plain grey jumper (with or without the school logo), black shoes, black trousers/skirt and a white shirt.
Outdoor learning is a vital part of children’s development and they will be outside in all weathers. While we encourage children to take care with their uniform, from a practical point of view it would be beneficial for you to provide your child with a pair of wellington boots and a waterproof coat. We go outside for forest learning on a Friday.
We will be starting P.E in the spring term (January 2020).
P.E. kit should be brought into school on a Friday and will be taken home at half term. School will provide all Foundation children with their first P.E kit but children should wear a white P.E. top, black shorts and trainers or plimsolls.
Please ensure that ALL clothing items are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.
Home School Diaries
These are used to communicate between parents and teachers. Please write a note when your child has read and comment on how they read and their understanding of the text. We really appreciate as much reading as you are able to do with your child and recommend at least three times a week to help aid progress. When they have read, please ask them questions about what they have read to make sure they understand the text.
Letters and sounds –
Letters and Sounds is a programme which our school has chosen to use. It is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by age seven. Alongside Letters and Sounds, we use the Jolly Phonics songs and actions. View the links below to help with the songs and actions
It is vital that parents and carers know how to support their child with the correct pronunciation of the sounds. The link below will support you with the correct pronunciation.
In the Foundation Stage we will learn our Maths skills during our ‘Let’s Get Busy’ time and in small group activities that will be led by an adult. This covers a variety of
number skills including counting, adding, subtracting and sharing. The children will also learn about 2D and 3D shapes, positional language, time, money and measurements such as weight and length. Learning happens in fun and practical ways and at times the children may not even realise that they’re taking part in a ‘lesson’ while they learn these skills. As the year progresses the children will begin to do some simple recorded work in their own individual maths book.
In Foundation Stage we will learn how to write during small group activities that are adult led and during ‘Let’s Get Busy’ time. Writing links to the Letters and Sounds Programme, by children hearing the sounds within words. This enables them to first write initial sounds of words, moving on to writing simple words and then progressing on to writing simple sentences. Learning happens in fun and practical ways (not just with pencil and paper). The children will be recording some of their work in their own individual writing book.
Are we there yet?
This is the title of our topic for the second half of the Autumn Term 2019. To help your child understand this topic you could talk about different vehicles and see how many different forms of transport you can see whilst out on a journey.