Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St. Luke's and 'Bears' Class.
As our youngest learners at St. Luke's settle into the routines of school life in their first year, the Bears' Class children learn and develop through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning journey through the EYFS continues their development and experiences from previous pre-school settings.
The Early Years Foundation Stage has three Prime areas of learning and development - Personal, social & emotional development, Physical development and Communication & language.
There are then four Specific areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
During their first year at school, our Bears children enjoy learning through different themes. These include topics of interest to the children such as:
Ourselves, Celebrations and Festivals, Bears, Traditional Fairy Tales, Space, Dinosaurs, New Life, On the Move, the Seasons and Weather and Minibeasts.
Our Early Years Curriculum is also enhanced through visits and visitors to the school, including theatre visits, visits to farm parks or museums and visitors into school such as Zoo lab with minibeasts and a local librarian.
At. St Luke's, we have our own natural woodland area, with a pond and wooden gazebo for children to learn through outdoor experiences at Forest School. Forest School is an exciting approach to outdoor play and learning, providing our children with positive and inspiring experiences in natural surroundings. These experiences allow children to explore the world around them, learning to respect and enjoy aspects of nature, as well as supporting their physical development and a use of tools and equipment outside. Forest School for Bears class will take place on a Friday afternoon every week. Children should come to school on a Friday wearing tracksuit bottoms, as well as their school uniform on their top half.
In the Foundation Stage, our children learn Phonics, which is about the sounds in the words that we read. To support our learning in this area, we use the 'Read Write inc' scheme. All Bears' class children have a Phonics book, where new sounds are added as we learn them, for children to then practise at home.
Bears' class enjoy learning to read and we have a variety of reading schemes to support this reading journey. They include 'The Oxford Reading tree', 'Dandelion Readers', 'Pearson Bug Club' and 'Ginn 360 readers'. Throughout their first year, our children have many reading experiences, including exploring fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, traditional tales, on-line reading experiences and a visit from a librarian.
Weekly 'Stay and learn' sessions in Bears Class
Please come and join us in Bears' classroom every
Thursday at 2:30pm for an enjoyable learning session with your child. We will show you some of the new skills that we have been learning and practise different areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum.