Miss Bingham and Mrs Holloway
Hello, and welcome to Foundation Stage One, Terrific Tigers!
In Foundation One, we want all children to feel safe, happy and ready to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Learning starts as soon as the children walk through the doors! We open up at 8.45.a.m and finish at 11:45am and 2:45.p.m/3:00.p.m. We aim to have all children walk into class independently, but for the first couple of weeks, we will allow parents/carers to come into the classroom to reassure their child that their new class is a safe and friendly environment. They are expected to find their name and place it in the self-registration box, put their coat and bags on their peg, wash their hands and get started with a small morning job that is set out on the tables. This could be drawing a picture, doing a puzzle, tracing their name, letter and number formations or looking at a book. The children are then called to the carpet at 9.00.a.m where we will sing and dance to our morning song ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0o79IMmAYE ) before doing the register and completing our calendar for the day.
Each morning, we have a short focused input relating to the learning of the week and then the children are encouraged to go and get busy in the different learning environments around the classroom. Whilst the children are engaged in self chosen learning, staff members will work with small groups of children on a focused activity or in the learning environment. This enables the staff to gain further understanding of the children’s development and their knowledge. We have an open classroom door where learning can take place both indoors and outdoors with the child making the choice. During the morning session, we encourage the children to be independent as much as possible and this also extends to them having their own area to keep tidy. During the autumn term, we will also start to have short maths and language acquisition lessons, which will be extended into each area of learning within the provision by planning hands-on activities. This enables the children to apply and develop the skills they have learnt during their small lesson inputs, as well as demonstrate the knowledge they have gained.
Moreover, each child has a key worker allocated who is always available to talk about your child’s development and needs. However, please know that you can speak to any member of staff regarding any queries or concerns you may have about your child or the school.
Entry and Exit Procedure
For the morning drop off, gates open at 8:45am. Please drop your child at the gate and either myself or another member of the FS1 team will be there to guide your child to join our class line.
If your child finishes school at 11:45am, please make an orderly line at the main entrance gate. Your child will be escorted to the main gate by two of their teachers, where they will be released to parents/carers.
If your child finishes school at either 2:45pm or 3pm, please enter the school premises at the main entrance gate and make your way to the FS1 classroom. You can do this by walking through the lower playground where you will see a path that will lead you round the back of school, where the big field is. Once you have reached the end of the path you will find a double gate onto the FS2 outdoor area, go through the gate and walk round to the main FS1 entrance. Once you have collected your child, we ask that you walk back the same way you came and NOT through the car park, as there may be members of staff or visitors leaving.
- Please can all parents/carers remember to pack a spare pair of clothes and a water bottle in your child’s bag
- Please can all parents/carers label your child’s jumpers and/or cardigans.
The next parent/carer meeting is on Friday 8th April 2022. You should have already received a text message with a link to book your time slot on our school booking system. We do encourage you to attend the meeting as it is a way for me to share how your child is getting on at school and the progress they have made throughout the last term. It also gives me the opportunity to speak with you in a relaxed environment and work alongside you to discuss strategies we can apply to ensure your child develops in areas that they are working towards.
If you are unable to book a parent/carer meeting due to individual circumstances, then please message me on Dojo or speak with me at the end of the day and we will arrange a day and time that suits us both. However, it would have to be after 3pm.
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and key themes
In FS1, all learners experience a broad, balanced and varied curriculum, which is relevant to their stage of development. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which consists of 7 areas of learning, these are:
Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and language, Physical development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Over this last year, the Early Years Development Matters curriculum has been altered. Therefore, from September 2021 we will now use the revised Development Matters 2021. It remains a non-statutory guidance that sets out the pathways of children’s development from birth to a child’s year in Reception. For anyone who is interested, here is the framework taken from the Government website:
This years our themes and topics include:
Autumn 1- All About Me, Elmer, People Who Help Us At School and People Who Help Us In Our Community (Doctors)
Autumn 2- Diwali, The Gruffalo, Percy the Park Keeper (Bonfire Night), Christmas
Spring 1- Different worlds (Arctic and Fantasy) Frozen, Percy the Park Keeper (One Snowy Night), Chinese New Year
Spring 2- Pancake week, Rumble in the Jungle, Dear Zoo, Mixed Up Chameleon, People who help us (Vets and Dentists) and Easter
Summer 1- Life Cycles and Habitats, Hungry Caterpillar, Monkey Puzzle, Farm, Growth, Sunflowers
Summer 2- People Who Help Us (Police), People Who Help Us (Firefighters), Journeys, Seaside Holidays, Rainbow Fish and Bear Hunt
In the Early Years, we see fairy tales as a great tool for teaching children about story development, broadening their imagination and building on their vocabulary. Many children start FS1 already knowing a variety of different fairy tales and we use this to help build children’s confidence throughout the year. A fairy tale brings safety and happiness for a child and enables them to explore their feelings through stories that are safely set apart from themselves. In each term, we focus on one specific fairy tale that aims to build the children’s understanding on story telling and their personal, social and emotional development.
Autumn 1- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Autumn 2-The Three Little Pigs
Spring 1- The Little Red Hen
Spring 2-The Gingerbread Man
Summer 1-The Ugly Duckling
Summer 2- Goldilocks and The Three Bears
If you were unable to make the welcome meeting or would like to recap on something I talked about, I have attached my PowerPoint below.
Online games, videos and resources
Read Write Inc letter formation rhymes
Jolly Phonics- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI-pfeaErY4
Geraldine the Giraffe- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw
Counting to 10 sing- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4K9oi7oBM&t=237s
Counting to 20 song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4UAss33qA
Games and Resources
Phonics Play- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Phonics Bloom- https://www.phonicsbloom.com/
TopMarks Letters and Sounds- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
Teach Your Monster to Read- https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Hairy Letters- https://www.nessy.com/uk/apps/hairy-letters/
Doorway Online- https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/
Oxford Owl Literacy- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/
Maths Frame- https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular
Oxford Owl Maths- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/
Maths Playground- https://www.mathplayground.com/math-games.html
Maths is fun- https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/
Big Eyed Owl- https://www.bigeyedowl.co.uk/maths/index.htm
Maths Dictionary for Kids- http://amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
Parent/Carers websites to build knowledge and understanding on certain subjects and the early years
Phonics (Read Write Inc) website- https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/
Phonics (Oxford Owls)- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/
All about the Early Years- https://nrich.maths.org/early-years
We are working hard on learning our sounds. Please click here to find out the order we are learning these.
Have you ever wondered what happens in Foundation Stage 1? Then please click here. This page will answer some of your questions.
Tips for sharing books with you child please click here