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Welcome to Foundation Stage

"As a result of very effective teaching and excellent levels of care, children make outstanding progress in their speech and language skills and in their personal and social developmentOFSTED 2008

"In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children make outstanding progressOFSTED 2010

"The early years is a vibrant place for children to learn. Indoors and outdoors, teachers and other adults are sensitive and caring, enabling children to develop confidence and independence in their learning. This means that children quickly settle into school life." OFSTED 2015

 

Foundation Stage Staff: Miss S Dearlove (Foundation Stage Co-ordinator), Mrs K Ogden (Teacher), Miss O Hargreaves (Teacher), Mrs J Firth (Assistant Headteacher), 

Mrs S Gray (Nursery Nurse), Mrs M Shield (ETA), Miss Haley (Apprentice), Miss Farrar (Apprentice) and Mrs Calvert (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA).

 

Our topic for this half term is "Animals"…

We are really looking forward to our topic this half term when we will learn about different categories of animals, from those that live in the jungle, to those that live on a farm - and even some that might live with us! We will be focusing on how these animals live, move, eat and sleep, and noticing the similarities and differences between them. We hope to extend our vocabularies through thinking of lots of different ways to describe the animals and where they live, as well as developing our fine motor and handwriting skills through lots of drawing and writing about animals. We will also be developing our mathematical skills and vocabulary through looking at the patterns on the animals and their environment. The topic will be supported with real life experiences through weekly visits to the Forest School on a Friday morning (please remember to send your child to school on Fridays wearing appropriate clothing - long trousers or tights, coats, hats, suncream as appropriate!) where we will be exploring all the wildlife in the Forest environment, and with a trip to St. Leonard's Farm - which we are all very excited about! We would also like to invite you to share any of your pets with us via Tapestry, or by bringing them in to school. If you are able to  to help in this way, please speak to a member of staff. 

The setting has been updated to support learning within our new topic and we're sure the children will enjoy exploring in our new 'Jungle' role play area. We also have small world and investigation areas which focus on different categories of animals such as pets and minibeasts. 

The week commencing 4th March will see the whole school celebrating 'Inspirational Women Week' and we will be looking at different historical figures who have contributed to our understanding and experience in the worlds of science and art. The children will have a chance to create their own artwork, inspired by particular female artists, and this will be shown in a special whole school assembly on the Friday afternoon. 

We will, of course, be celebrating Pancake Day by making and tasting pancakes - and continuing to develop our baking skills with weekly baking sessions on a Wednesday morning. The final week of term will see us learning about and celebrating Easter - when we will no doubt be making something tasty to bring home!

“We are very happy with all that you do” - Parent 2019

Books we will be exploring this half term include 'Monkey Puzzle', 'Superworm', and 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson, 'Wild' by Emily Hughes, 'Yucky Worms' by Vivienne French, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle, 'Is There a Dog in This Book?' by Vivienne Schwartz, 'Cock-a-Moo-Moo' by Juliet Dallas-Conte, and 'Farmer Duck' by Martin Waddell.

We are using a Mastery approach in maths, and children are busy exploring numbers in lots of different ways. Children in Reception have a Maths Challenge set on Tapestry every Friday, please make sure to post your maths adventures each week.

As always, if you feel that you have any specialist knowledge or experience relating to our topic of 'Animals', or know someone who does, please do speak to a member of staff as we are always looking for ways to give the children 'real-life' experiences and to broaden their own knowledge and understanding through a variety of opportunities and sources.

Dates for your diary…

Monday 25th February - Return to school

Tuesday 5th March - Pancake Day

Friday 8th March - World Book Day (dress up) and special assembly at 2:30pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 4th April - Auditions for Scholes' Got Talent

Thursday 11th April - School Trip to St Leonard's Farm

Thursday 11th April - Scholes' Got Talent

Friday 12th April - Last day of term

 

Tapestry

 

If you have not yet logged on to Tapestry or are struggling with usernames and passwords, please come and see a member of the Foundation team - we will be happy to help. It is a great way to share your child’s learning and we are very grateful to those of you that have taken the time to add photos.

“Couldn’t ask for more from a Nursery”​ - Parent 2019

Foundation Stage Information

Snack Money

We ask for a contribution of £1 every week which goes towards a variety of snacks, baking and other activities such as planting. This is payable via our ParentPay system where you may choose to pay weekly or termly. Thank you.

Library

Library in Nursery is every Wednesday and book exchange in Reception is Fridays. Please ensure book bags for Reception are in school every day, with phonics packs and reading books inside, and library books are in bags on these days.

PE

Remember if your child is in Reception, they need a PE kit in school ready for every Wednesday. Please note that PE kit is a white t-shirt and black shorts with pumps. Earrings are not allowed for PE at all. If you are having your child’s ears pierced, please do this at the beginning of the 6 weeks holiday so that they can be taken out on return to school for PE. Children in Nursery also have PE on a Wednesday but do not change their clothing.

Book Bags

Children in Reception need to have their book bags in school everyday. Please remember to check inside for letters and information, as well as practising sounds in sound books and reading their reading books/word boxes as and when these are received. Phonics activities/information is also often given in book bags. Library books need to be returned in order for them to be swapped.  

Children in Nursery need to have their books every Wednesday for their books to be swapped.

PLEASE REMEMBER HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ALLOW YOUR CHILD TIME TO EXPERIMENT WHEN MARK MARKING. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DRAW, WRITE AND MAKE MARKS USING DIFFERENT RESOURCES E.G.SHAVING FOAM, SAND, PAINT.

“My child is extremely happy at Nursery and enjoys all activities that are available.  The staff are very approachable”​​ - Parent 2019

Ways to help and activities to do at home...

Learning challenges sent via Tapestry- please ensure you keep up to date with the information given through Tapestry, and include anything you have done at home.

Homework Menu to be completed each half term- this is a selection of activities to work through at your leisure through the half term to support your childs learning.

Writing

Children in Reception are beginning to learn letters and sounds to enable them to read simple words. This becomes easier as their phonics knowledge grows, hence the importance of also practicing at home. Please encourage lots of writing and mark making, and storying their play. Ask your children to describe a character or a setting, or maybe guess what comes next in a story you are reading. Maybe they could represent their story on paper by drawing the characters or writing a simple sentence. Remember to share these learning experiences with us so we can add to their profiles.

Letters and Sounds

Children in Reception all now have a sound card pack. Please remember to keep referring to and practicing these so that children are totally secure with their sounds. These are sounds rather than letters at this point, and to be able to learn to read, children must be able to say the sound as it appears in words, so please do not teach it as an uppercase letter, for example, knowing the sounds s-a-t would allow the child to read 'sat'. Children are also getting a reading book as and when we feel they are showing signs that they are ready for one. Children who read and practice sounds and word boxes at home are more likely to be a stronger reader and progress quicker through the stages of reading.

Children in Nursery have a phonics session everyday where they explore different sounds. We investigate sounds in the environment, sounds from animals and sounds in words. We make different sounds with our voices and try to change these sounds in different ways. We are beginning to look a lot more at mark making and learning to write our names. Please also try to work on this at home, remembering to use letter sounds rather than letter names, for example, 'a' rather than 'A'.

Useful Websites;

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.letters-and-sounds.com

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

www.poissonrouge.com

“Always happy with the care and support my child receives”​- Parent 2019

Please remember, if your child is in our nursery, they do not automatically have a place in our Reception Class. Places are allocated through Kirklees, so please apply online via the Kirklees Council website (www.kirklees.gov.uk) before the cut off date of 15th January 2019.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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