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Welcome to Foundation 2

Foundation 2 (reception) is split over 3 classrooms. The Assistant Head for the Foundation Stage is Mrs Jamieson. The classes are FJR led by Mrs. Jamieson and Miss Robinson, FE led by Miss Ellis and FD led by Ms. Deveney. They are assisted by Mrs Pearson and Mrs Tyas. 

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 short visits around the school or local area.

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 your child’s learning and progress. 

We have regular reading together events, where parents are invited to come and share a story with their child. These are usually held on Wednesdays at the end of the day.

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 or cardigan 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.  Jewellery is not permitted in school. 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). 

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IS WRITTEN ON ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING.

PE

Every Friday the children will spend some time in our small hall for a PE session. Please ensure ear rings are removed for this time.

Children will not need to bring a PE kit until after the Easter Holidays. Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons, which will begin in the summer term. 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 is sent home every Friday. Please ensure your child returns their book by Wednesday of the following week. Home learning will include teaching vocabulary, counting activities, games, key words and topic related activities as appropriate. Children are given a booklet at the start of each term, which explains our curriculum and expectations.  

Additional Information

Children are encouraged to bring a suitable coat to school every day as they use the outdoor learning environment in all weathers.  Children do not need water bottles in Foundation as they have access to drinking water at all times during the day.  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. We expect all pupils to achieve 98% attendance.  However, if your child is ill please contact the school office to keep us informed. The office phone number is 01724 844216.  Attendance certificates will be given out weekly.  When a class achieves 5 certificates they will be rewarded with a party. 

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