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Foundation

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What does our classroom look like?

Our 2 classrooms are part of a joint unit which includes an outdoor area. The unit is set out in areas which relate to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Areas we have:

  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Sand and Water
  • Role Play/Small world
  • Music
  • Construction
  • Reading corner
  • Creative

These areas are set up to meet the specific needs of our children and reflect our current topic.

Outdoor environment

Our outdoor area reflects the indoor and covers the same areas. (see environment pictures)

Who works here?

Our Foundation Stage (Reception) Teacher is Miss Wilson and in Foundation Stage (Nursery) the Teacher is Mr Hood, our Foundation Stage coordinator is often in the unit too.

We have 3 Teaching Assistants Mrs McNulty (FS1), Mrs Krysczcunas (FS1), Mrs Radomska (FS1). We have volunteers and students who also come to work with us.

Starting the day

Children in the Foundation stage are able to come and enjoy a drink and fruit with the person who has brought them to school in our outdoor environment. We also have books in our outdoor snack area so families and friends can read exciting stories together in the setting.

This social start to the morning gets children ready for the day ahead and helps with settling children who are new or may need more support in leaving their adult.

We welcome all of our class friends with a morning song, talk about the weather and learn the days of the week.

Subjects covered

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and also the International Primary Curriculum:

  • Phonics phase one and the Read Write Inc. scheme,
  • Maths,
  • Topic, Come and See RE programme,
  • PE,
  • Guided Reading,
  • Children’s liturgies and Circle time.

We also use the Little Big Maths Scheme which focuses on basic number skills.

In between specific adult led sessions we have independent learning time which gives children the opportunity to apply their skills, build knowledge and lead their own learning through exploration of the environment.

International Primary Curriculum:

Our school uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as it really fits the needs of the children. Through a variety of different topics the IPC celebrates the diversity of our school community and allows us to share and learn from our different experiences.

Come and See

Being a Catholic school, we aim to live and learn through the teachings of Jesus. We use the Come and See programme which covers specific topics of Catholic life in an age-appropriate and exciting way.

We have daily Collective Worship and children also participate in Children’s Liturgies where they have an active role in leading worship.

Stay and Play and home-school links

We really like families to see the work the children have been doing and to share their school experience. The Foundation Stage has a Stay and Play session every Friday 9am- 10am and 1pm-2pm where parents are invited to come in and join in with the learning of their children.

Sometimes we send different activities or questions home as we really value input from parents.

Parents are always welcome to speak to adults in the setting about anything they need to and staff members will be available at the start and end of the day for this.

Key Workers

In the Foundation Stage all children have a Key Worker with whom they have a daily circle time.

When your child starts in our setting we will observe them and assign them to a Key Worker to help support their transition into the setting, this person will be the adult they naturally gravitate towards.

PE

Foundation Stage 1 has PE on a Monday. They will need a pair of black sandshoes which can be left on their peg in the cloakroom.

Foundation Stage 2 has PE on a Tuesday. They will need a pair of black shorts, a white t-shirt and a pair of black sandshoes. We advise that these are brought to school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday so in the event of a change to the timetable children still have the correct clothing in school.

What do I need to bring to school?

In Foundation Stage 1 children will need a change of clothing and nappies and wipes if they are required.

Children staying for the full day will need to bring a packed lunch as we share our dinner together at 12 o’clock. This time is a great opportunity for children learn about being healthy and build up their communication skills as they talk together during their meal.

In Foundation Stage 2 children will need to bring their book bags

Children can bring a packed lunch or stay for a delicious school dinner in our dining room.

We love to go outside in all different kinds of weather so please ensure your child has suitable outdoor clothing and shoes so they are able to learn in our outdoor environment.

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