In the Foundation Stage we have 2 members of teaching staff, Mrs Withill and Miss Peers. There are also our Achievement Support Officers who are Miss Pickering, Mrs Robinson and Miss Brockwell. The Foundation Stage is divided into two classes for direct learning time, before merging as a unit in the continuous provision. During this time, we enhance the learning from our lessons and independently apply the skills we are practising. Direct teaching includes Phonics, Literacy and Maths alongside Music, R.E, P.E. and Topic lessons.
We aim to provide a balanced curriculum which enables each child to develop their emotional, social and academic skills in a play-based environment. Our outdoor area is an extension of the classroom and our children enjoy experiencing learning outdoors. Access to the outdoors is available at all times during the provision to ensure children are able to explore the areas they wish.
Communication and Language
It is vital for our children to develop their communication and language skills and build positive, effective relationships with each other. Each day children are given the opportunity to talk to their friends during class circle times. We follow our restorative practise ethos throughout these times, using circle times as a great opportunity to support one another and work together to solve a problem should one arise. Children are actively encouraged to use communication and language effectively, to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in an environment that supports all.
We provide children with opportunities to write and draw throughout the provision. We aim to focus on the development of gross-motor skills (large movements) and fine motor skills (smaller, controlled movements) in order to support children’s writing process. We do this through lots of focused activities in the provision, both indoors and outdoors. During our Literacy lessons, we use Talk for Writing, enabling children to retell stories through the use of actions, helping them to understand new vocabulary and the structures of stories.
In the Foundation Stage, we encourage children to read at home three times each week. The children enjoy winning prizes for completing this challenge! We also have a reading bear that one child takes home each week. It includes a bear, books and hot chocolate that children can enjoy with their families to share the love of reading at home.
We use the Tapestry App in the Foundation Stage in order to share your child’s learning with you. Parents are encouraged to sign up to this so that you can see more about your child’s day at school as well as sharing things you are doing at home too. We love to see all of the amazing activities that are shared and the children enjoy talking about these in school with friends.