Welcome to the Foundation Stage class page. Miss Birch is our Class Teacher and Mrs Ball, Mrs Pearce 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.
Our annual curriculum framework for the Foundation Stage is taught through six, half-termly topics. It allows us lots of flexibility and freedom to be guided by the interests of the children in our class. Please find the details of our framework attached in the downloads section of this page.
The topics for this academic year are:
Growing & Going
The topics for the Autumn Term are detailed below:
Topic 1 Marvellous Me
We will begin our first topic by learning about our own bodies and how we move using drama and dance. We will talk about our feelings and the things that we like doing, and have the opportunity to complete a self-portrait. We will learn about each other, our families and discuss how we all have different experiences which make us who we are.
Following on from this, we will compare the children’s homes as well as the habitats of animals and then experiment with making homes using different media on a large and small scale. The outdoor area will become a building site to role-play different mathematical aspects of building homes including measuring and comparing heights, widths etc.
As the term progresses and we start to see the changes in season, the children will go on an autumn walk to investigate the changes in the environment from the summer months. We will make our own soup from autumn produce and learn about why and how we celebrate the Harvest Festival.
Topic 2 Let’s Celebrate
During November we will learn about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We will also look at our own celebrations such as our birthdays and we will plan and hold a birthday party for our class monkey, Chester. As the topic continues, we will have the opportunity to think about giving and receiving gifts, and look at different types of toys and investigate how they work. We will consider how different toys move and make our own simple versions of our favourites. We will also create our own toy shop to develop our skills in Maths.
The final part of the topic will be a celebration of the festive season. We will learn about the reasons for celebrating Christmas, create our own ‘Santa’s Grotto’ and become involved in the Christmas production.
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 one of our class teaching assisitants 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.