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Welcome to Foundation 2

Foundation 2 is a unit with 75 places split over 3 classrooms.  Classes are led by Mrs. Jamieson, Mrs. Gray, Mr Tod and Ms. Deveney. They are assisted in the unit by Mrs Brook, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Avison and Mrs Brelsford. Mrs Jaclyn Jipson is our trainee teacher for the Autumn term. Mrs Brelsford works in F2 on a Monday morning.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is split into the following areas of learning:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

For more information about the curriculum, please visit www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage.

In The Classroom

We aim to build on children’s prior knowledge, skills and experiences by providing a stimulating and challenging environment both inside and out. Children have opportunities to learn through carefully selected independent activities which aim to promote their learning in all areas of the Curriculum. 

We encourage children to pursue their own interests in our enabling environment where adults strive to facilitate and develop children’s learning through observation and quality interactions. This is supported by planned small groups and whole class teaching in mathematics, literacy and reading.  Children also have a daily phonics session. 

Learning is planned  according to children’s needs and interests and includes some flexible topics based on familiar and popular stories e.g. "The Three Little Pigs".  Teaching staff include as many first hand experiences as possible drawing on the wider world. This might include bringing in various small creatures or going on a visit to the Farm.

Parents are welcome to talk to members of staff at the end of the day or by making an appointment.  Parent consultation evenings are held termly where we have opportunity to discuss you child’s learning and progress.  During the year we offer Fun Family Phonic sessions where you can come with your child and learn phonics together. We also run an informal session on supporting your child in literacy and mathematics at home.

Reading

This year our focus is developing reading skills throughout the school. You can help by sharing books with your child and encouraging them to learn their key words. Talking about print in the environment, eg, shop signs, car names etc will help develop pre reading skills.

Uniform and Jewellery

Children should wear a white or yellow polo shirt with a green jumper and black or grey skirt or  trousers. Black shoes should be worn, not trainers or boots of any sort. Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery.  Long hair MUST be tied back throughout the day. Nail polish and make-up are not allowed. Headscarves or coverings may be worn for religious purposes, but they must be a plain school colour (Black, White, Grey, Yellow or Green)

PE

Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons. Children should bring their kit on a Monday and take it home the following Friday.  PE kit should be in a bag that will hang on their peg under their coat. Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name and class.

Home Learning

The blue home learning book will be sent home every Friday. Please ensure your child returns their book by Wednesday of the following week. Home learning will include number bonds, tables, spelling, key words  and topic related activities as appropriate. Accompanying the home learning books will be a spiral bound book of key words, tables, calculation methods, and key spellings to support your child's learning.

Additional Information

Children are encouraged to bring a suitable coat to school every day as they use the outdoor learning environment in all weathers.  Water bottles should be taken home for washing daily. A book bag is encouraged to help your child to be independent and look after their own things.

Children should not being electronic/valuable items such as tablets, Smartphones or hand held games consoles into school for Golden Time.

Please ensure your child comes to school on time every day.  Attendance certificates will be given out for each half term.  Classes that beat their attendance target will be rewarded with a party.