Foundation Stage

Mrs Davies is the lead teacher in Foundation Stage. She is also our Special Needs co-ordinator. Mrs Mulberry teaches in Foundation Stage on a Monday and Tuesday. 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

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 – Summer Term 2017 ‘On the farm’

We will be developing our personal, social and emotional skills through the S.E.A.L programme, thinking about ‘Going for Goals’, and discussing the value of ‘Hope’.

Sidney Bear and Raggles the Rabbit:   Sidney Bear or Raggles will be sent home with a child each Thursday afternoon, to be returned on the following Thursday 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 the initial 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 Byfield 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 Tuesdays 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. Mrs Mulberry will be running the library session and 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 ‘all in one’ suits 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!

Please come to the playground door to collect your child at the end of the day. If your child is to be collected by someone other than yourself please inform us or call the school office. Similarly if your child is attending the after-school club run by our outside provider we need to know. The safety and security of your child 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 Mulberry or Mrs Byfield know. You will need to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) check; Mrs Hood or Mrs Bland in the school office can advise you about this

Things to remember!

Share reading books and key words at home each day.

Tuesday : bring in Library book.

Thursday: Sidney Bear or Raggles. Show and tell assembly.

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, address and cheque guarantee card number. 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 on Mondays.

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 Mulberry or Mrs Byfield) as soon as possible. We are usually available at the beginning and end of each school day.