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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), Miss O Hargreaves (EYFS Teacher), Mrs J Firth (Assistant Headteacher), 

Mrs S Gray (Nursery Nurse), Mrs A Hainsworth (ETA), Miss Haley and Mrs Calvert (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA).

 

Our topic for this half term is Out and About…

Children will explore the concept of being out and about in terms of what there is to explore outdoors. Children will explore the features of the outdoor environment, including the context of our school and our local area. We will explore ‘about’ in terms of holidays, journeys, travel etc.

This give the opportunity for the children to enjoy a picnic in the park, a walk around our local area and fun in the forest.

Our Talk for Writing text will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children will be retelling the story, devising their own story map and then changing some elements of the story. If you have this book at home, please feel free to share this with your children.

We will start our forest sessions this half term, these will be every Wednesday. Your child will need wellingtons and a suitable coat each week. We always try to encourage parents to join us, so if you would like to come and help out, please see a member of staff.

Children in Nursery will continue to explore phonics and literacy through stories, listening for and making sounds, finding rhymes and keeping a steady beat. Children in Reception will be continuing through the Letters and Sounds progression, please look out for new sounds and tricky words in book bags.

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.

Towards the end of the term, children in reception will be getting ready for year one. There will be opportunities for the children to visit their new class and class teacher. Some children in nursery will be getting ready for starting school. They will enjoy a morning in reception and have their dinner in the school hall… How exciting!!

Dates for your diary…

Great Get Together- Wednesday 27th June 2018

Reception Transition Day- Wednesday 4th July 2018

Reception Parents Meeting- Wednesday 4th July 2018

Nursery Meeting- Friday 6th July 2018

End of Year Party- 18th July 2018

 

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.

 

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. 

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.

 

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

 

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 when applications open.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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