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 lead by teaching staff, childcare students and volunteers. The daily routine involves children choosing activities and directing their own learning with the addition of 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. Your child’s book will be changed weekly if you have shared this at home. Within the adult-led phonics session, your child will be supported to learn new the letter sounds, we begin with: Ss Aa Tt Pp Ii Nn. 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. In Foundation One 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. In Foundation One 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.
Parent/ carer helpers
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.
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. With regards to footwear remember to wear trainers or plimsolls every Friday as Gary West has physical development activities planned for your child.