Inportant School Information
Starting in the Foundation Stage is a new and exciting time for both parents and children. It is here where our children embark on the very beginnings of their learning journey.
The Foundation Stage is run by a team of specialists- Mrs Bee, and Mrs Coleman. We work closely together to provide an exciting and 'hands-on' early year's curriculum that builds and extends upon children's learning experiences.
We support and guide our children as they begin to make connections in their experiences and explore the environment and world around them. We focus on forming good relationships and encourage the children to take time to listen and share with each other as well as falling out and learning to make up with their friends.
For FS1 children, sessions take place daily between 9am - 12noon or 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Both sessions offer child initiated and independent activities together with group sessions which include story time and work on phonics and numeracy. Children will need to bring a spare change of clothes for any accidents and a PE kit containing navy shorts, white t-shirt and plimsolls, to be left in school over the half term.
Snack time is built into each session where children are provided with milk/water and fresh fruit. Sign up for milk at www.coolmilk.com Under 5's receive free milk!
For our FS2 children, the school day is between 9.00am - 3.30pm. Morning break is between 10.30-10.45am and is taken with the rest of the school. Lunchtime is between 12noon - 1.00pm.
Each day is made up of story time, group time, child initiated and independent activities and topic related literacy and numeracy work.
PE sessions are taken by Mr Wathall and your child will need the following items:
If you have any questions or require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us or call into the school office.
Mrs Bee, & Mrs Coleman
Dear Parents/ Carers
We hope you've all had a fabulous Christmas and are now ready to settle back in to a new term. A big welcome to our new part time children Lucus, Harriet and Lucus!
The timetable below outlines a'snapshot'of our weekly focus & themes for the first half of our spring term;however there may be changesdue to the children's interests and requests.
Overview of themes…
Wk Beg- 7/1/19
We will begin our term as Polar explorers, investigating a world of snow and ice as we find out about the animals that inhabit these areas. This will involve using the IPads to research and lots of information books and pictures to aid our thinking and understanding. We will also be using our senses to investigate the properties of ice.
In numeracy we will be continuing to embed the number system through a range of songs and rhymes, as well as counting forwards and backwards. Our F2 children will be working on number recognition and sequence as they count on to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.
Wk Beg- 28/1/19
On the Farm…
For the latter part of the term we will move on to the theme of farm animals. Singing and sharing lots of our favourite farm themed songs and stories.
Through the stories of 'Farmer Duck and Mrs Wishy Washy' we will explore the themes of teamwork and fairness, as we discuss the actions and feelings of the characters, making links to our play and learning in school.
In numeracy we will be exploring with the properties of shape as well as solving simple addition and subtraction problems using objects, numicon and the number line.
7th & 8th February
Chinese New Year…
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year on the 7th and 8th of February. This will involve taking part in many cultural traditions as we share and discuss the similarities and differences between others and ourselves from different families and communities. More information to follow on these themed days!
To ensure that your child is prepared for each school day please send them with their book bag, a waterproof coat and a change of socks and pants. Please make sure all of your child's clothing is clearly labelled to avoid losing school uniform.
PE for ourfull time children will take place on a Tuesday with Mr Wathall. Please make sure that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. A full PE kit including t-shirt, shorts,socks, sweatshirt, trainers and jogging bottoms is required.
Each morning break children can purchase toast/crumpet and pizza muffin at a cost of between 25p and 40p (served on a rota basis) and on a Friday visit the tuck shop for a selection of healthy snacks for 40p. Please put coins in a small purse or zipped pocket in their book bag so they can access this independently. Fruit is also available throughout the day on the 'munch & mingle' table for children to access in their free play. To avoid sharing any unnecessary germs, we ask parents to send their child with their own drinks bottle. This will enable them to fill it up with water when required and stay hydrated throughout the day. A quick reminder to parents if you haven't already, if your child would like milk please register at www.coolmilk.com. Under fives receive free milk!
Forest sessions form an important part of our children's physical development, helping to build upon their stamina and gross motor movements as well as fostering a great love of the outdoors. Please ensure children bring appropriate footwear and a warm waterproof coat, we will be venturing in to the forest or our school nature area whatever the weather! Sessions will take place weekly on a Friday morning or afternoon(alternate session for part time children). These settings provide a wonderful outdoor classroom for the children to explore and investigate and we plan to take full advantage of this great resource.
'Stay and play' sessions will continue to take place on a Friday morning from 8:50-9:15 am/ afternoon from 12:30pm for the first twenty-five minutes of the session. Parents who are unable to attend but would love to pop in and see what we are doing are welcome any time.
As always, please come and chat to us if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything. Thank you for your continuing support.
Mrs Bee & Mrs Coleman
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme for the Early Years at St Marys.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and language
Understanding The world
Expressive Arts & Design
All areas of learning are important and interconnected. The three prime areas (in bold) are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
At St Marys we consider the individual needs, interest and stage of development of each child in our care. We plan challenging and enjoyable experiences in all areas of learning and development.
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activity. Play is essential for children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and taking part in play which is guided by adults. Practitioners respond to each child's emerging needs and interest, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.
Please find details of the phonic reading scheme HERE
FS1 children will choose a library book to share at home each week.
FS2 Children will have a weekly reading book and keywords to practise at home. Please comment in your child's home diary. Letter sound sheets will also be sent as they are covered in class.
Please see the Current term tab for further ideas of activities you and your child could do at home.