Welcome to the Foundation Stage class page. Miss Birch is our Class Teacher and Mrs Ball, Miss Reid and Mrs Handforth are our class Teaching Assistants. Here you can find lots of information about the Foundation Stage as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.
Learning in the Foundation Stage is themed around children’s interests, questions and the world around them. The children will enjoy carefully structured and purposeful activities, whilst being given lots of opportunity for spontaneous play both inside and outside the classroom.
Over the Autumn Term, we have been working on the development of a new annual curriculum framework for the Foundation Stage. This will be taught through six new, longer topics, with each one lasting a half term. This will allow us much more flexibility and freedom to be guided by the interests of the children in our class. Please find the details of our new framework attached in the downloads section of this page.
The topics for this academic year are:
Growing & Going
The topics for the Spring Term are detailed below:
Topic 1 Amazing Animals (6 weeks)
The children will begin by exploring what the season of Winter brings to our environment and learn about the animals that live in colder climates, such as in the Arctic. Linked to this, we will explore the weather using hands-on experiences, including experimenting with ice and hopefully snow! Our topic will continue with a focus on our own pets and will link to a range of fabulous stories such as Tabby McTat, and the familiar tales of Mog and Kipper. The classroom role play area will transform into a veterinary surgery and the children will get lots of opportunities to learn about animal facts and how we care for our pets when they are poorly.
Following this, we will look at the kinds of animals that live in the wild, both in our locality and in other countries. This will include huge safari animals, all the way to tiny minibeasts, and the children will have lots of opportunities to discover about these amazing creatures through all areas of learning. We will round off our Amazing Animals topic by looking at the animals in the story of The Great Race, linked to Chinese New Year. The children will learn about how this special time of year is celebrated through role play and exploring media and materials in Art.
Topic 2 Terrific Tales (6 weeks)
During this fun-filled topic, we will explore a range of classic stories, as well as favourite books chosen by the class. We will create story settings, discuss plot and characters and will perform our own mini versions of favourite stories using role-play with props on our self-made stages. We will create a fairy-tale castle in the classroom and play at being princes, princesses, knights, dragons and trolls. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own characters and stories, which they can role play, video and even create their very own story books.
We will link the themes of our focus stories to other aspects of the curriculum, such as healthy living, friendships, art and discovering about the world. The children will also be able to extend their learning by using non-fiction texts and computers to research topics linked to the stories we will be sharing.
In the Foundation Stage, the children will have weekly words to learn to read, then eventually spell. We will check the children's progress with their words on a Monday, then word books will updated and given out again on a Tuesday.
All the children have a set of letter sound cards in their book bags, which are provided to support the learning in Phonics. It really benefits the children if they practise recognising and saying the sounds as often as possible, so we would really like parents and carers to help them with this at home. Please chat to either Miss Birch or Mrs Ball if you have any questions about Phonics, however small!
We really encourage the sharing of books for enjoyment in school and we would like that to be continued at home. Regular practice really does make a huge difference to children's progress in reading, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. It would be great if you could share your child's book daily and sign their Home School Diary to let us know they have read, even if the book hasn't been completed.
PE will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Foundation Stage. We would really like your child to have the appropriate PE kit in school for each half term. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. A tracksuit is an optional extra for outdoor activities, when the weather is colder (we will not go outside if it is very cold or wet though). Please ensure that all items of PE kit, including your child's kit bag, is clearly named.