Welcome to the Foundation Stage class page. Miss Birch is our Class Teacher and Mrs Ball 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, following a flexible series of interesting topics. The children will enjoy carefully structured and purposeful activities, whilst being given lots of opportunity for spontaneous play both inside and outside the classroom. The topics for this academic year are:
People Who Help Us
The Local Area/Spring
All Creatures Great and Small
Growing and Changing
Summer and Journeys
The topics for the Summer Term are detailed below:
Topic 1 Growing & Changing (3 weeks)
During this topic, the children will consider how they have grown and changed since they were born then link this knowledge to how animals change over time. We will research life cycles by using books and the internet, and enjoy first-hand the experience of metamorphosis watching our own caterpillars turn into butterflies. Later, we will consider how to grow plants and will set up our own garden centre to enable us to plant seeds and watch them grow, then ‘sell’ them to link to our learning in Maths. We will use our knowledge to create music and dance and will base some of our learning on the books The Tiny Seed and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Topic 2 All Creatures Great & Small (3 weeks)
We will begin this exciting topic by learning about domestic creatures such as family pets, before exploring the tiny world of mini-beasts and discovering the thrills of animals in the wild. The children will use their Literacy skills to create pet fact-sheets and we will make places in our garden to encourage mini-beasts to visit. We will be looking at a variety of animal stories and non-fiction texts, as well as poetry such as Rumble in the Jungle to help inspire our learning. The children will listen to music such as The Carnival of the Animals, thinking about how different creatures move and linking this to our activities in P.E. We will also read the story of Noah’s Ark, which will help us learn to count in twos in Maths. We would love to share your child’s favourite animal stories and songs too, so please feel free to send any books in to share.
Topic 3 People Who Help Us (3 weeks)
We will hopefully be meeting some people who help us from our community. We will be asking questions about what they do for us and for other people and we will be able to role-play these different jobs by dressing up and developing our own role-play area. If parents, family members or friends have an interesting job helping others, and they’d be happy to share with the children, then please let us know. We love visitors!
Topic 4 Summer & Journeys (3 weeks)
We will end our busy year in Foundation Stage by observing the changes in our environment over the summer season, looking at the weather and linking this to staying safe in the sun. We will talk about where we might go on our summer holidays and which transport we might use to get there, creating our own travel agents and make our own maps to show us the way. Finally, we will discuss the important journey the children will be making into their new class and help prepare them for this change. They will also take on the very important role of helping to welcome our brand-new Foundation Stage children, who will start in September.
In the Foundation Stage our homework is given out on Tuesday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one play-based Literacy, Maths or Topic activity, that can be photographed and emailed to us, or put onto Tapestry. Please spend no more than thirty minutes on these tasks and feel free to extend your child's learning beyond the task if necessary.
In addition to homework, the children will have weekly spellings to learn, books to read and phonic activities to complete throughout the year.
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. Please ensure that all items of PE kit, including your child's kit bag, is clearly named.
downloads & homework
|FS Timetable 2016-17||94KB||Download|
|FS Curriculum Framework||95KB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Autumn 2016||24MB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Spring 2017||11MB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Summer 2017||10MB||Download|
|FS Homework Autumn Term 1||3MB||Download|
|FS Homework Autumn Term 2||14MB||Download|
|FS Homework Spring Term 1||9MB||Download|
|FS Homework Spring Term 2||5MB||Download|
|FS Homework Summer Term 1||29MB||Download|
|FS Homework Summer Term 2||5MB||Download|
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