St Marys Class One

Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St Mary’s

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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.

Our Sessions

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:

  • Navy shorts                 
  • White T-shirt
  • Plimsolls
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Long sleeved top

 

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

Summer Term April - July

Dear Parents/ Carers

We hope you have all had a fun; chocolate filled Easter and are ready for the summer term! We plan to spend our first week back welcoming our new part time starters- David, Evie, Lysander, Emilio and Henry.  Alongside revisiting our learning around the celebration of Easter.  We look forward to sharing and making links to the children's experiences as we continue to take part in fun traditions and recall the Easter story.

The timetable below outlines a 'snapshot' of our focus & themes for the rest of the summer term; however there may be changes due to the children's interests and requests!

Main Focus

Activities Planned

 

 

 

  

 

Why was the Hungry Caterpillar so hungry?

 

 We will be sharing and sequencing the story of 'The Hungry Caterpillar'.

This will involve working on recognising and recalling the days of the week and using time vocabulary to talk about the immediate past and present. This will further inspire our creative work as we explore with mixing mediums and materials to create caterpillars and butterflies in the style of Eric Carle! 

We will continue to enjoy and share lots of Eric Carle texts and non-fiction books to find out about creepy- crawlies, as well as bug hunting around the school grounds and forest.

In numeracy we will be working on counting patterns, alongside solving simple addition and subtraction problems. We will also explore with making our own symmetrical patterns.

 

 

 

 What is frogspawn?

Inspired by our resident tadpoles we will be learning about the life cycle of a frog. We will also share and discuss the rhyming story 'Oi frog' before generating our own silly rhymes. We look forward to sharing these with you soon!

In numeracy we will be working on number sequences and in F2 working with money. Particularly recognising coins and using them to create different totals.

 

 

 

  

 'Would you climb the beanstalk?'

 

 

After half term we will be sharing lots of 'Giant' themed stories. Particularly the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk', where we will be using lots of story language to retell and role-play. The arrival of magic beans to class will bring the dilemma of whether to plant them or not…watch this space for what happens next!

In numeracy we will continue to embed the number system through rhymes, songs and games. As well as using the vocabulary of size to compare and measure a range of objects.

 

 

 

'How will Cinderella travel to the ball?'

 

Over the following weeks we will be sharing and retelling lots of fairy tale stories such as 'Cinderella' and 'Sleeping Beauty'. The children will be helping to turn our role-play area into a shoe shop, where we can measure and compare the size of our feet and the shoes we have for sale. Our F2 children will be developing their writing stamina by using fairy tale themed film clips to inspire their writing.

In numeracy we will be solving problems involving shape and sharing as well as continuing to embed number recognition and sequence through rhymes and counting games. Our F2 children will be putting their number skills to the test as we recall past learning through a problem solving approach.

 

 

 

 

Lets celebrate…

 

  

Hats at the ready!  Towards the end of term we will be finding out about different celebrations that take place in church and why it is a special place for us as Christians. As well as organising our very own play wedding! The children will be involved in all aspects of the process from making invites, baking and joining in with the ceremony role play at church and celebration party back at school. Parents will be welcome to join us in church…more details to follow!!

 

 

Forest Fun

 

 

  

 

 

We will finish our summer term by joining forces with Mrs Sambrook and class two for a forest extravaganza! This will involve taking part in many different activities in the forest environment. Such as storytelling, den building, team games, mud sculpting, weaving and treasure hunts to name a few. More details to follow!

 

 

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 our full time children will take place on a Tuesday with Mr Wathall.  Please make sure that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed for those days.  A full PE kit including t-shirt, shorts, socks, sweatshirt, trainers and jogging bottoms is required.

Each morning break children can purchase a breakfast snack at a cost of 25p-40p 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. Sessions will be returning to a Thursday after Easter (alternate session for part time children).  Please keep an eye on the weather to make sure your child is prepared with a waterproof coat/sunhat etc.  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 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 

This Year's Curriculum

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

  • Physical development

  • Communication and language

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • 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 

Class 1 Homework

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.

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