Foundation Stage 1 & 2

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage!

Foundation 1 (Nursery) and Foundation 2 (Reception) are being taught in the same building from September 2017. It is a big change for us and we have learned a lot from each other. In the next few weeks the Reception children will be moving to the Key Stage 1 building to a classroom where they will feel part of 'big school'. The children are looking forward to the move and will enjoy getting to know their new learning environment.  We have a very experienced and dedicated team of staff. They are:

Miss Boraston - Early Years Foundation Stage teacher
Mrs McCoy, Mrs Richards, Mrs Cleave - Nursery Nurses
Miss Farrier - Nursery Nurse Assistant
Mrs Clark - Teaching Assistant
Miss Prout - Mealtime Assistant

The Early Years Foundation Stage recognises that children learn best through play. There are 3 Prime areas of learning (Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language) and 4 Specific areas (Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design; Understanding of the World). The Prime areas contain essential skills which children need to help them learn.

Our learning is inspired by traditional tales. We spend 3 or 4 weeks learning a story really well and then changing parts of it. The children have opportunities to draw story maps, dress up as characters and play with puppets in order to explore the story. We have daily 'Talk Times' when we examine the language and vocabulary used in the story and the children learn new words and practise their speaking and listening skills. So far this year we have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Princess and the Pea.
Our current story is Rumpelstiltskin.
In addition to this, the Reception children take part in daily Read Write Inc lessons to develop their knowledge of phonics and provide them with the skills needed to start reading. As a parent or carer you play a hugely important role in helping your child to read. The children who make the most progress are those who read regularly at home. Your child has a reading book in their bookbag. This book will be changed every time their reading diary is ticked at home. If you need any advice or have any questions about reading with your child at home, please pop in and speak to Miss Boraston.