As always, we are very excited about the school year. Our Foundation One classroom is bright and spacious, an ideal environment for children to explore and learn through purposeful play. The children are supported to take part in a wide range of learning experiences by the teachers and apprentices throughout the week. The daily routine involves children choosing activities and directing their own learning with the addition of some structured lessons including phonics, mathematics and literacy. This enables us to offer a balance of academic and creative tasks, both indoors and outdoors.
Reading is something we love to do
It is very important that children look at books at home and we ask you to share a story with your child every night. Initially your child will bring home a school book filled with a sequence of illustrations. This is to encourage your child to create their own story line. Within the adult-led phonics session, your child will be supported to learn letter sounds, we begin with: ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’ sounds. Once your child is familiar with these sounds they will bring home a school book to challenge their phonics knowledge.
Research has found that children in early years, who share stories and nursery rhymes with adults find it easier to learn to read. Please comment in the purple home-school diary about the stories you have read, as well as any other fun activities your child may have experienced outside of school. You can purchase a book bag from the school office.
Numbers and shapes are everywhere
In Foundation One, we learn about representing number through displaying our fingers and making marks. We sing songs to help us remember shapes, and we count the shapes’ sides. We need to know all about numbers and shapes as we work our way up in school. Please support your child by looking for numbers and shapes in the environment. We often go on a hunt for numbers and shapes, but we want to hear all about what numbers and shapes your child has found out-of-school too!
We like to share our own stories and opinions
Talk with your child at home. Ask questions about their time in Foundation One; ask about your child’s friends at school and how they make them feel; ask about the story of the week and what happens to the characters or the events in the story. We focus our literacy time around speech and language. Your child will be supported to give meaning to the marks they draw, to share their opinion on a story or event, and to use key words to recall what they have completed over the weekend.
In our care
Miss English, year group lead, has a background of studies in early years and child development. With nine years of studying early years education and care, she uses her experiences to inform practice and early learning. The completion of a three-year diploma in Early Years Education and Care, followed by an Early Childhood Studies degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, resulting in Qualified Teacher Status has presented Miss English with early years placement experience which she reflects on. Miss English is currently studying a Masters in Education, researching to better provide guidance in toilet training, reflecting on methods, parent views and education staff.
The additional Foundation 1 teaching and support team is made up of practitioners with childcare experiences. With adults at level 3 to level 4, and years spent in childcare, education and early years care.
If you are a parent/carer with moments spare to visit school and read with the children, we have a wide selection of books the children would adore sharing with you. Being so busy in school, extra helping hands are much appreciated. If you are interested in stopping by at school during the session to help with the children’s learning, please raise this interest with your child’s class teacher.
Communication between home and school
We have an open door policy, where you can communicate with your child’s class teacher at drop-off and collection. You are able to view your child’s learning books and folder if requested. Should you need more information or a more detailed meet with your child’s teacher you can arrange a meeting to discuss learning, any concerns you may have, and the next steps that your child needs to take in their learning in order to achieve their full potential.
Alternatively, your child will have a personal purple home-school diaries and Tapestry account. Please make sure you are engaging with your child’s Tapestry profile. This way, you can view your child’s learning and add home learning achievements.
We remind parents to label all items of their child’s clothing, especially jumpers and cardigans so that we can avoid lost clothing across morning and afternoon sessions. We are always grateful for clothing donations in Foundation One for times when children need changing. With this being said, if you can remember, please bring in spare clothes for your child in case of any little accidents.
The children in Foundation One have PE sessions with Miss Thompson on a Monday afternoon and with Gary West on a Friday morning. The children enjoy these sessions and it helps to improve their movement and coordination. For the children to participate safely in these sessions, it is essential that they wear suitable footwear such as trainers or plimsoles.
For Heath and Safety reasons, we do not allow the children to wear jewellery in school apart from earring studs or small objects of religious significance. No jewellery is allowed to be worn during PE due to safety reasons.