The Foundation Stage is what we call the early years of education; the time spent in a Nursery and in the Reception class. It is exactly what it says, a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it won’t feel like learning, the children see it as fun and an extension of their play. There are seven broad areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’. The areas also give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
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Home Learning during School Closure
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Mr Miller says…….At home, there are some great purposeful activities that the children could help you with daily:
gardening – notice the changes in plants/flowers – why is this happening? what do plants need to grow?
preparing and making their own lunch – they can write the ingredients they have used to make it.
baking – the children can help you bake a cake or some cookie. This is a great chance for ‘understanding the world’ based conversations around changes in materials from liquid to solid, soft to hard, cold to hot.
helping with laundry – they could order items of clothing into sets by size, colour.
helping with DIY – the children can learn life-long skills by observing and helping you with DIY jobs around the house, as well as learn the importance of safety precautions. If you are doing any DIY around the house, I’m sure they would love to be a part of the experience.
cleaning – the children love helping around school with cleaning and washing up (make the most of it before they grow out of it!!) – this is a great chance for them to take responsibility for themselves and learn about the importance of health and hygiene.
computing – with support, your children could type a letter to a friend/teacher or try and type their own comment on Tapestry. This will improve their sound to letter recognition and also teach them vital computing skills.
Below are some online resources that you may find helpful:
1 What to expect when?
www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf Scroll down to 40-60months/ELG for your children. This provides age-related expectations and possible activity ideas to support your children’s learning and development.
www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term= . This is currently free and provides a wide range of resources that are tailored to different age ranges.
– Early school closure resource pack created specifically for Reception at www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362.
– Mathematics at home www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years/early-years-mathematics
– Home Learning Hub which provides live lessons and daily activities/plans – www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
3 Joe Wicks Fitness Coach
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ – These are brilliant morning PE lessons from 9am every day, but can be accessed at any time.
4 TTS Activity Book
www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html A massive selection of activities that can be done from home, specifically focused towards the Early Years.
5 Phonics Play
new.phonicsplay.co.uk Fun, interactive phonics games. Phase 2 and 3 letters and sounds.
6 Reading Eggs
Please could you ensure you have signed up to Tapestry and you can add any home learning activities that take place so we can see all the wonderful things you will do at home.
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The children have been learning how to use iPads and the app ‘Forest Phonics’.
Look what we’ve been doing!
We have been busy outside – creating bird feeders in forest school, creating nocturnal animal books, learning how to launch and catch a ball, exploring different reflective items science and having lots of fun.
Teacher – Miss Cooper (Mon – Wed), Mrs Smith (Thur & Fri)
Support – Mrs Lobue
Teacher – Mr Miller (Mrs Murphy on Wednesdays)
Support – Mrs Wells (Miss Grisley on Thursdays)
Supporting both classes
Mrs Murphy – SEN
Mrs Rees – PSHE
Mr O’Neill – PE
Mrs Grisley – Pastoral Care
Mrs Doherty – ICT
Doors open: 8:50am
Doors close: 9:00am (after 9am – please sign in at the office)
Our work and projects
Teaching in Reception is based on the 7 areas of learning:
The prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Our specific areas are Maths, Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding and Expressive Arts and Design. The curriculum also covers RE, music and computing. See Curriculum for more details.
A lot of fun comes from playing games and a lot of maths learning can take place at the same time. It is important that young children are aware of numbers from an early age and that they have fun with numbers in a relaxed atmosphere. See more in the maths workshop pdf above. In Reception you could try:
- Finding the maths in a game of Snakes and Ladders
- Recognising number patterns on a dice
- Encouraging 1 to 1 correspondence – count the jumps
- Recognising numbers to 100
- Understanding place value – hundreds, tens and units
- Comparing numbers – more, less, higher, lower
- Directional vocabulary – left, right, up, down
- Size vocabulary – big, long, small, longer, shorter
- Addition – counting on number on dice from number where counter is
- Difference between 2 numbers – how much further ahead is one player from another
- Ordinal vocabulary – who has come first, second, third etc.
The children do a focused activity each day called ‘Fidgety Fingers’ linked to the Reception areas of learning. They either work independently or with an adult. They also do CIL (“CHIL” – Child Initiated Learning) on a daily basis, where they choose structured activities linked to their learning.
Forest school – in Reception, children do forest school once every half-term. You will be advised of dates in advance.
For more information about our day, please see the Reception Welcome Letter and the Reception Calendar above.