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St Peter's Church of England (VA) Primary School

One Family, Aiming High, Learning Together with God

Foundation Stage

Welcome to the Foundation Stage 

We are delighted to welcome you to our Foundation Stage class and look forward to working with you and your child.

 

Foundation Stage staff
Mrs
 Harvey - Foundation Stage Teacher and EYFS lead

Mrs Jeffery - Foundation Stage Teacher

Mrs. Sutherland - Foundation Stage Teacher

Miss Hey - Foundation Stage Practitioner

Miss Boyce - Foundation Stage Practitioner  

Mr. Punio - Foundation stage practitioner

 

If you have any queries or concerns across the year please contact a member of the Foundation Stage team.

Mrs Harvey - lauraw@spmillend.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Jeffery - samanthaj@spmillend.herts.sch.uk

 

Foundation Stage Vision

For children; pupils who are happy, enthused, curious, safe, have a love of learning. We cater for our diverse demographic by giving all children what they need including a range of experiences, books and vocabulary to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge. We want our children to leave Early years as well-rounded individuals with an understanding of our school values, SMSC and British values as well as strong social skills and confident in their wellbeing.

For staff; we want our staff to be skilled and confident to carry out our vision through having a passion for Early Years and wanting the best for our pupils. We want our staff to feel confident to have some autonomy to try new ideas and get involved in decisions and planning around the children’s learning and interests. Staff should be knowledgeable about all areas of learning to enable them to push learning forwards ensuring all children make good or better progress. 

 

For environment; We want our environment to offer a wide range of resources to support the development of cultural capital, awe and wonder and learning opportunities. Our environment is enticing, reflects the various cultures within our community. We have a strong focus on communication so our environment is print rich, interactive, engaged, changes regularly to reflect the children needs and interests as well as promoting independence.       

For standards; We aim to offer the best standards possible in early reading and maths supporting all children to make good or better progress. We have designed our curriculum to ensure we are striving for the best for all children based on their start points through regularly challenging and scaffolding their learning to enable them to be ready for next stage in their education.

 

Foundation Stage Aims

  • To provide an opportunity for children to reinforce skills, reflect and build upon their learning in the classroom.

  • To further foster the partnership between home and school for the benefit of your child

  • To involve parents (and other adults) in pupils’ work

  • To encourage the development of independent study

  • To encourage the development of pupils’ organisational skills, self-discipline and confidence

 

Our expectations

Please note: These expectations will be added and built on throughout the year as and when the children are ready for them. 

  • Children are encouraged to find out information, bring in books or object of interest or a similar related task pertaining to the focus topic being carried out.

  • Library  – All the of the children in our Foundation Stage will be bringing home library books on a Friday to be returned the following week on a Wednesday

  • F2 (4-5 year olds) - In Autumn 2 your child/children will be bringing a reading book to enjoy at home. 5 – 10 minutes daily practise. This will be sent out on a Friday and to be returned on a Wednesday.

  • Tapestry – sharing with you what the children do at school as well as you sharing with us what you do at home together.

  • Independence -encouraging the children to do things independently is really important as they move through the school. This includes getting dressed, cutting food, and putting coats and shoes on.

Foundation Stage Weekly Timetable

Foundation Stage Learning 

Week beginning - 16th April 

 

Welcome back, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and you are looking forward to the term ahead.

 

Literacy

Our core book for the next two weeks is, Yucky Worms. This book is an informative text, perfectly pitched to our  inquisitive children in our Foundation Stage. The children will discover what worms eat, how they aerate and improve the soil and how they move around. They will discover how fascinating worm are and the books ends with extra information and experiments for budding wormologists.


 

Phonics 

F1 - Over the next term the children will be playing games to support their phonemic awareness. 

F2 - This week the children will start with phase 4 of the Little Wandle scheme. This week the children will be focussing on short vowels - CVCC. They will be learning the tricky words, said, so, have and like.                        In our daily lessons the children have started reading sentences and questions and they complete daily spellings. The children will also take part in 3 guided reading lesson throughout the week and on Friday they will bring this book home to share with you. 

 

Please continue practising the phase 3 sounds and the tricky words at home as often as possible.

Also please ensure you are recording your child's reading at home in their reading record.

 

Maths

F1 - This week F1 children will begin to explore sequencing. They will be introduced to the vocabulary related to time, such as first, next, then, after that, finally. They will be exploring sequencing nursery rhymes and their day.

F2 - This week, the children will continue to engage with activities that draw attention to the purpose of counting – to find out ‘how many’ objects there are. The children will also revisit the concept of cardinality – the idea that the last number in the count tells us how many things there are altogether. They will be given further opportunities to hear, join in with and develop their knowledge of the counting sequence, and, once they have become secure with their counting skills, they will be able to continue the counting sequence and be able to identify missing numbers within it.

 

Makaton

Makaton sign of the week - mum

 

Continuous Provision 

 

Prime areas 

Roleplaying - Home - making dinner and washing up

Playdough - Rolling worms - can you make a longa and short worm? What tools can you use to create the segments on the worm? 

Fine motor - Wrapping wool around a worm

Gross Motor - Riding bikes, obstacle course, prams, water painting 

Library area - Books all about worms and minibeasts

Floor writing - chalk, water and large rollers/paintbrushes

Sharing a story - responding to and asking questions 

Learning new vocabulary related to our core book

Mark making - Exploring resources and being able to explain marks they have made

 

Specific areas 

Writing area - Write a sentence about worms 

Creative/painting area - Using string and mud to create an underground scene

Sand - use the tweezers to find worms 

Water - exploring capacity - full, empty, nearly full, nearly empty and half full 

F1 Maths - Use the Numicon to recreate the pattern cards

F2 Maths - counting irregular arrangements of numbers - colour, count and record

Topic - Measure worms using unifix cubes

 

Adult Led

F1 and F2 - This week the children will be taking part in a maths activity. 

F1 will be using images to sequence the events for a typical school day. They will encouraged to use words such as first, then, next and finally when describing the school day to their teachers.

F2 will be exploring different quantities. They will be using different strategies to count larger numbers. They will be encouraged to discuss the strategy they choose and how they know they have counted accurately. They will be recording their work. 

 

I hope you all have a fantastic week

 

Mrs Harvey and the Foundation Stage Team 

 

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