Foundation Stage

Mrs Davies is the lead teacher in Foundation Stage. She is also our Special Needs co-ordinator. Mrs Todhunter teaches in Foundation Stage on a Thursday and Friday. Both teachers are supported by Mrs Byfield.

Is my child ready to start school? Do read this useful new publication: School Readiness – the ’16 ticks’ to consider

This document lists some useful websites that can help your child with their learning: Useful websites to use at home 

Keep up to date with what is going on in Foundation Stage by reading our weekly newsletters:  FS News

Helping your child with phonics at home:

Have a look at this very useful website with lots of things to share – Mr Thorne does phonics

Please click directly onto the ‘Curriculum’ tab above for more detailed information about the learning in our school, the teaching of the new National Curriculum, and the links from the New Curriculum with Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our Learning Journey – Spring Term 2020 ‘Once Upon A Time’

We will be accessing most areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through our ‘Once Upon A Time’ learning journey.  Our learning will be linked to well known and loved traditional tales which will include The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. As the term progresses we will also encounter less familiar tales from other countries, for example, Tiddalik and The Tiger Child.  We will learn about a variety of festivals including Chinese New Year and Easter. We will be developing our personal, social and emotional skills through the S.E.A.L programme.

Sidney Bear and Raggles the Rabbit:   In the Spring Term Sidney Bear or Raggles will be sent home with a child each Wednesday afternoon, to be returned on the following Wednesday morning.  Please enjoy the week with Sidney or Raggles and encourage your child to write and draw in the ‘visiting book’.  (You may add a comment too if you wish.)

Reading Information:  Please share the books sent home in the reading folder and sign the reading record everyday.  Don’t worry if to start with, the books coming home do not contain actual words, these books are very important for developing prediction and observation skills. Some books will not contain many words initially and others may have words your child cannot yet read alone, especially if they have chosen their own book in the school library. The most important aspects of reading at this age are enjoying books and fostering a love of reading. Even when your child becomes a competent reader they will benefit so much from reading to you, having stories read to them, and seeing their parents and carers reading too!

What do I write in the Reading Record? You can say whether your child enjoyed sharing the book, what pages you shared, questions your child asked, what you talked about, for example:   ‘We laughed at the picture of Floppy eating an ice-cream’. Please do ask Mrs Davies or Mrs Todhunter if you are unsure of what to write. If you have shared a ‘home’ book, or enjoyed the library book, you can also note this in the record.

As the Reading Record is checked in school every day this is a good way of sending a note to the teacher, if you haven’t been able to speak to them that morning on the playground.

Library Books – on Thursdays your child will have allocated library time. Children will be able to borrow books from the  which will need to be returned the following week in order for them to take out a new one.  A teacher or teaching assistant will guide the choice of book to some extent but we do like the children to have a free choice. Because of this please don’t expect your child to be able to read the book they choose, but do take the time to share and talk about the book together.

Book Bag – please use your Husborne Crawley book bag to transport your books, letters and equipment. Do check the book bag every day for any school letters, new key words, notes in the Reading Record from your child’s teacher. If your child has had a minor accident (eg, fallen and bumped a knee in the playground) you will find a yellow ‘accident slip’ in the bookbag.

Homework:  Reading and learning key words is our very important every day homework. Key words will be sent home in book bags along with the reading book, for daily practise. Please continue to read stories, sing songs and nursery rhymes to your child, this is so beneficial for their learning.

As the children become ready, we will sometimes ask for other small pieces of  homework to be done.  These may include for example: finding items or pictures at home beginning with the week’s letter sounds.

Wellies and coats A named pair of Wellington boots should be kept in school to allow your child to take a full part in outdoor activities.  We aim to use the outside area at least once a day. We have our lovely covered area which means we can go outside, whatever the weather, and we will also be spending time in the school garden and wildlife area. Waterproof dungarees are provided by the school for each child but please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat at school every day.

PE kit  Please make sure your child has both an indoor PE kit (t-shirt, shorts, socks, plimsolls that fit) and outdoor PE kit (trainers and tracksuit) in school each day. We aim to fit in as much PE as possible, and may go outside at times other than those on the timetable. Kit must be named!

At the end of the day, please come to the playground door to collect your child. If your child is to be collected by someone other than yourself, please inform us or call the school office, so that we can hand over your child to the chosen adult. Similarly, if your child is attending an after-school club, please let us know. Safety and security is paramount

Helping in class If you would like to help in school, either by listening to children read, helping with displays or other general jobs, please let Mrs Davies, Mrs Todhunter or Mrs Byfield know. You will need to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) check; Mrs Bloodworth in the school office can advise you about this.

Things to remember!

Share reading books and key words at home each day.

Wednesday & Thursday: PE lessons.

Thursday: bring in Library book.  Show and tell assembly in Class 1.

Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school every day.

Packed lunch boxes, water bottles, gloves, hats and all other belongings should be named.

Dinner money (Nursery children only) should be sent into class or the school office at the beginning of the week or you can pay for the whole term if you prefer. Please make cheques payable to: Eden Food Services. On the reverse of the cheque include: surname and address. All monies and cheques should be put into an envelope marked ‘School Dinner Money’ with your child’s name.  This will be collected by teachers during registration time.

Any Concerns? If you need to inform us about appointments, changes in circumstances, or if you are concerned about your child at any time, please do arrange to talk to us (Mrs Davies, Mrs Todhunter or Mrs Byfield) as soon as possible. We are usually available at the beginning and end of each school day.