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 worked on the development of a new annual curriculum framework for the Foundation Stage. This is being taught through six new, longer topics, with each one lasting a half term. It has allowed 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 Summer Term are detailed below:
Topic 1 Wonderful World (6 weeks)
The children will begin by exploring what the season of Spring brings to our environment, looking at the new life we see and the changes in the weather. We will explore our school environment and go on a ‘flower hunt’ to see what we can find! The children will explore colour and art techniques by drawing and painting still-life pictures of flowers and plants, and linked to this, discover the important things that plants need in order to grow. Our topic will continue with a wider focus on the planet Earth and we will look at the places we have visited and where our families have originated from, making links and comparisons between communities and cultures. The classroom role play area will transform into a travel agency and the children will be able to link their learning about the world to their play in this area. I wonder where they will choose to go?!
In the final part of our topic, we will be rocketing off to outer space to learn about the solar system, linking our learning to fun stories such as Aliens Love Underpants. The children will recycle junk materials to create a space rocket, experiment creating volcanoes in Science and learn all about feelings and why it’s good to be different when creating their own clay alien creatures in Art.
Topic 2 Growing & Going (7 weeks)
During our final topic, the children will consider how they have grown and changed since they were born then link this knowledge to how other living things 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. The children will also learn 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.
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 holiday, learning about transport and making 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, 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.
downloads & homework
|FS Timetable 2017-18||91KB||Download|
|FS Annual Framework 2017-18||99KB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Autumn 2017||2MB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Spring 2018||3MB||Download|
|FS Class & Curriculum Overview Summer 2018||831KB||Download|
|FS Homework Summer 2018||2MB||Download|
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