Foundation Stage 1 - Tigers

Foundation Stage 1

Welcome to the Foundation Stage Homepage.

Class information.

  • Foundation Stage Manager/FS1 Teacher - Mrs Kelly Green.
  • FS1 Nursery Nurse - Mrs Ann Bridgwood

We are: The Terrific Tigers 

 We have 14 children in our class, 4 boys and 10 girls. 

Get to know us! 

 

Hi my name is Mrs Green.  I am the Foundation Stage Manager and the Foundation 1 Class Teacher. I joined the school in April 2009, when I gained my Manager's role and was the Class Teacher in Foundation 2. I am married with two young children, Bertie who is 4 and Jimmy who is 2.  The boys keep me very busy at home and make me laugh every day.  I love spending time at home with my family and visiting my parents and sister who has twin girls who are now 13. I love working with the little ones as they are so eager and excitable. They are like sponges ready to learn and soak up all the important things we teach them and the skills they learn through play!


 

Hi my name is Mrs Bridgwood! I joined the Foundation Unit Nursery, as it was known then in 2000 after working mainly in the Private Sector. I am married with a grown up family with the addition of my first Grandchild in February 2016, who I adore. I love to relax by walking, reading a good romance book and watching a’ Chick Flick,’ plus baking, which explains my ever increasing waist line.  I also never tire of a good family get together. The job I do in school can be very rewarding and I love watching the little ones develop and grow.  If I wrote a book about some of the funny things the children say and do, I am sure it would be a best seller!

We both hope you have had a fantastic summer and are ready to get the children back into a routine.  We have some new children joining us this year, we will all make sure that they are welcomed into school and looked after well by ourselves and their peers!

Our Topics

Each half term we start a new exciting topic.  The Topics we teach are full of new facts and skills to learn.

The topics we are learning this year are as follows; 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Why do you love me so much?

Why do leaves go crispy?

Did dragons exist?

Why do spiders eat flies?

Can we explore it?

Why is water wet?

 

 

 

About the Foundation Stage!

The Foundation Stage includes both Foundation 1 and Foundation 2

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5. It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children during this period.

It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare

  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge

  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS

  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;

  • Physical development; and

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world; and

  • Expressive arts and design.

Communication and Language.

Many opportunities are provided for the children to speak and listen to both adults and each other. Visitors such as the dentist, nurse and librarian are invited into school to give variety and interest for the children and to encourage interaction. Each week we have Circle Time which promotes listening, speaking and turn taking. Children also learn to talk about their choices for play activities and to tell the other children what they have done. This is extended to foster questioning skills in Foundation 2. Speaking, listening and understanding are key skills that we develop through our rich and varied curriculum.

Personal, Social and emotional development.

The children are encouraged to be independent, self reliant and self confident. We also foster turn taking, sharing, co-operation and helpfulness. In addition to co-operative play and joint responsibility for organising and tidying the unit we provide specific situations in role play to develop social skills.

Activities requiring collaborative group skills are specifically built into the planning in FS.

Physical Development

The children have access to a variety of writing and colouring equipment as well as scissors, construction toys, playdough and clay. In our outside play area we have climbing equipment which incorporates a slide, clatter-bridge and towers. We plan the equipment that we use on a weekly basis, weather permitting, so that we have a variety of activities. These mirror the areas in Active Learning with additional equipment which gives us a pedal day, a push along day and a small equipment day. FS1 use the hall once a week for a variety of activities and FS2 are timetabled for PE twice a week which covers gymnastics, dance and games activities.

Literacy.

Children are surrounded by a variety of books including Big Books and Story Sacks. They are encouraged to listen to stories and share books with each other. There is also the opportunity to borrow a book from our Foundation library.

During Active Learning varied literacy activities are accessible and are supported by the use of appropriate CD Roms.

Each day children take part in a phonic session. FS1 focus on sounds they hear and make within the surroundings and in words. FS2 progress onto letter recognition, blending and segmenting letters, reading and writing.

Children will also bring home some ‘tricky’ words throughout the year. These are words which cannot be sounded out to spell the word e.g. "said", children automatically sound the word out and spell "sed".

Children in FS2 also take home individual reading books. Children will have the opportunity to do some kind of ‘reading skills’ session each day in small groups, however, independent reading will no longer take place on a daily basis.

Maths.

The children experience early maths skills such as sorting, classifying, identifying shapes and colours, repeating patterns, counting, practical addition and subtraction, measuring and capacity in sand, water play and baking. A number of CD Roms also support mathematical learning. We learn many number rhymes to help with counting which the children find fun.

We cover all the elements of mathematics and have specific focused teaching times as well as independent practical and adult led activities. Each term you will be given an outline of the specific numeracy targets with suggestions of how you can help your child’s learning at home.

Understanding of the World.

The children are encouraged to explore and investigate. They think about:

  • how they have changed since they were babies
  • where they live
  • plants, animals and weather
  • how things work

We also use the computer to support many areas. We have computers within the unit for our exclusive use.

Expressive Arts and design.

The children are offered many creative activities in any one week ranging from painting, drawing and printing to collage, clay and box modelling. We also use musical instruments and sing rhymes and songs. Foundation children are part of the whole school and have a small part to play in any organised concerts. We provide opportunities for children to express themselves creatively through music, art, dance and roleplay.

Green behaviour.

We continue to use a traffic light system to help children make 'green choices'.  This system continues throughout school so children are clear about the high expectations all staff have regarding their behaviour. 

Homework.

In FS2 homework will be set on a Friday and is due in anytime up until Wednesday.  We have high expectations for the learning and development of children in our school.  We expect all children to complete homework to help consolidate the week's learning, practise tricky words and read at least 3 times a week at home to an adult. In FS1 'Challenge' books will be sent home weekly.  In the Challenge book will be tasks for the children to complete.  Some of the tasks the children will be able to complete independently and some will need the help of an adult. Also further on in the year, number and phonic keyrings will be sent home.

Parent partnerships.

We recognise parents as the children's first educators, even when they start school you still have an important role to play with their education.  We ask all parents to contribute to their child's assessment by providing evidence and observations of achievements your child has made at home, this helps us to assess the development of your child as a whole child, not just whilst they are in school. 

In FS1 we welcome parents to our regular stay and play sessions, whilst in FS2 parents are encouraged in school to help listen to children read, bake or play a maths game.

Memorable experiences.

At the start of each cornerstones topic we plan a variety of memorable experiences that are linked to the topic to ignite the children's learning.  These experiences vary between visitors into school to visits out of school.                                                                       

If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our foundation stage team, we are always happy to help.

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