Foundation Stage

 

Welcome to Foundation Stage’s web page!

Our Foundation Stage motto is

“Playing and Sharing Together”

 Our Foundation Stage has both Nursery and Reception Children. Nursery children attend for a morning and Reception children attend full-time. We know that the first and most important teacher your child has is you. We can only continue what you have begun. We want you to go on feeling responsible for your child’s learning, so that in partnership, we can give your child the security and confidence they need to succeed and see themselves as achievers.

There are five members of staff in our Foundation Stage:

  • Mrs McCarthy- Reception Teacher/ Foundation Stage Leader
  • Mrs Clinch- Baron Nursery Teacher
  • Miss Gallaghan- Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Hussain- Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Smith-Teaching Assistant

What will my child learn?

We work closely as a team planning our topics/units of work. We use Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2012). This is a play based framework that acknowledges that every child in our care is unique and that they learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. Therefore, we base our topics on your child’s interests and learning needs. We believe that play is vital for children. It helps them understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally. Our classrooms have areas of continuous provision set up to support children’s learning, these areas are;

  • mark making/writing
  • maths
  • water
  • sand
  • workshop
  • malleable (e.g. playdough)
  • construction
  • creative
  • role play
  • challenge (e.g. jigsaws).

Nursery

In the nursery class we will be initially be focusing on the 3 prime areas from the ‘early years foundation stage’ statutory document (click for link). These include:

  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social & emotional development

Our curriculum is exciting, creative and is flexible to in order follow the children’s interests. We believe that we have created a happy, safe and caring nursery setting where the children are encouraged to celebrate their achievements and learn by making mistakes.

The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible - increasingly taking care of their own toileting needs, putting on their own coats and tidying up after themselves.

What will a typical session look like in Nursery?

Nursery

In the nursery class we will be initially be focusing on the 3 prime areas from the ‘Early years foundation stage’ statutory document (click for link). These include:

  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social & emotional development.

The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible – increasingly taking care of their own toileting needs, putting on their own coats and tidying up after themselves.

8.50am

The children immediately take part in the fitness activity ‘5-a-day’ (click for link).

9.00am

Registration & circle time (How are you today?)Introduction carpet session relating to today’s activities. This will be followed on three days by phonics based upon letter and sounds (click for link). The other two days are planned to meet the developmental needs of the children.

9.30am

Continuous provision – The children choose which area of provision they would like to work and learn in and the adults support and supervise the children’s learning and make observations.

10.30am

The children have the opportunity to sit with their friends and have their morning snacks including various varieties of fruit with the choice of either milk or water.

10.50am-11.20am 

Continuous Provision – including adult focused tasks.

11.20am-11.50am

Nursery Rhymes/Ten Town counting and number recognition followed by story time.

11.50am

Home time!

 

Reception

The Curriculum

All maintained schools deliver the Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception and thereafter the National Curriculum to their pupils. These are designed to ensure that children are given a firm foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to become ‘literate, numerate, well-informed, confident and capable of learning throughout life’. Children are competent learners from birth and develop and learn in a variety of ways. As practitioners, we get to know children in our care so that we can consider their needs, their interests and their stages of development. We value on-going dialogue with parents and carers to support our knowledge of children’s interests. We use this information to help us plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of learning and development.

The new Learning and Development requirements comprise seven areas; the early learning goals which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year, and the assessment requirements. All areas of Learning are important and are interconnected. Three areas will be important in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn; form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are;

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will also support children in four specific areas through which the three prime areas will be strengthened and applied. These four areas are

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

What will a typical day look like in Reception?

8.50 am Doors open and the children are greeted at the door. Please bring your child to school on time. Many children enjoy the security of a parent coming into the classroom with them, but as soon as they have developed sufficient confidence it is good to allow them greater independence and say a quick goodbye.

9.00am Registration

9.30am to 10.10 : The children choose which area of provision they would like to work and learn in and the adults support and supervise the children’s learning and make observations. Adult focused tasks take place during these periods. Snack is also available at this time.

11.20: Tidy up time followed by phonics based upon letter and sounds (click for link).

11.50 Dinner Time

1.00 Registration/ Massage

1.10- 1.45 Maths Focus Tasks/ Continuous Provision

1.45-2.30 Adult Led Topic/ Continuous Provision

2.30- 2.50 Guided Reading

2.50 Tidy Time

3.10 HOME TIME!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Daily

Every morning we complete ‘5 A Day’ in which we copy a dance/physical sequence on the interactive whiteboard (for approximately 5 minutes).

Reception P.E

Every Thursday afternoon we take part in PE in which we learn dance, games or gym work.  Please remember to send in P.E kits on these days. It is important that children do not wear earrings on these days and that all clothing is clearly labelled with their name.

 

HOME TIME

Reception children finish school at 3.10pm. In order to ensure all children go home safely we will release one child at a time. If there is a new person coming to pick your child up please let us know. Your children are our responsibility until we hand them over to you.

 

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