Foundation Stage

Welcome to class 1!

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of fun and learning with you. Below is some information that might be useful to you.

Our Foundation Setting is a bright and cheerful purpose-built facility with its own cloakroom and toilets, large open-plan room ,”chill-out” room, staff office, covered play area and an enclosed garden. Children attend throughout the week from 9.00am to 3.00pm when they are full time and for either morning sessions (9.00am to 12 noon) afternoon sessions (12 noon to 3.00pm) when they are part time. For each session, the classroom and garden are set up with a variety of activities that children can participate in freely. The open-plan room is divided into a number of special-purpose areas such as:

  • a book corner
  • a writing area
  • an art area for water, sand, clay, painting and model-making
  • a construction area
  • an ‘imaginative play’ area
  • a smart board and computer
  • a maths area
  • display areas for children’s work, books, natural objects, etc.
  • tables for games, puzzles, cooking, etc.

We place great emphasis on our garden and outdoor area, where the children’s learning is enriched by a wide range of equipment and facilities such as:

  • a large covered sandpit
  • climbing frames and slides
  • sand and water
  • hoops, tyres, bicycles and balls
  • dressing-up clothes
  • large wooden bricks
  • prams, pushchairs and trolleys
  • wooden playhouse

Many of the Foundation activities are versatile with respect to the weather, and can take place both inside and outside. There may be constructive play indoors on the carpets or outside on tables. We often have painting or printing activities taking place outside. Aside from organised activities, the children always have the opportunity, come rain or shine, to stretch their legs and play outside. To find out more about the Foundation Stage click on the link below  http://www.foundationyears.org.uk

Expectations of our class:

We expect children to have fun learning at school and we will help them on their way to becoming independent learners.

It’s helpful if the children can do the following:

  • Enjoy listening to a short story
  • Put on and take off their shoes and socks independently
  • Hold a pencil to make marks
  • Put on and take off a coat independently
  • Manage their own toileting skills

Highlights of the year:

  • Going via train and bus to Oxford
  • Developing into readers and writers
  • Becoming motivated and independent learners
  • Going to the Natural History Museum
  • Turning our classroom into a café
  • Enjoying books in our new quiet reading area
  • Weekly visits from mystery readers
  • Performing in a nativity play
  • Summer Maypole dancing

Key topics in our class:

  • Transport
  • Seasons
  • Gardening and growing
  • Myself and my family
  • Dinosaurs
  • Space
  • Seaside

Useful resources for our class/parent volunteers:

Jolly Phonics website: http://jollyreading.com/introduction-to-jolly-phonics/

EYFS document: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

Education City: https://www.educationcity.com/

Phonics Play: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Parent volunteers:

We really appreciate parent helpers in our classroom. You are welcome to come and support children in their play, help us to make resources, help with cooking activities, gardening and any other skills you may want to contribute!

We have a team of 1:1 readers who come once a week to read to the same individual children each week. This is so valuable as they build up a relationship with them and can identify what motivates them and help them develop an enjoyment for books.

If you are interested in volunteering in our class, please speak to Mrs Cohen and collect a volunteer pack from the school office.

Mystery reader:

Once a week a parent will come and read a couple of children’s stories of their choice to class 1 and 2. The children are always very excited to find out who the mystery reader is going to be and are very keen to listen to the varied stories.