Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St. Luke's and 'Bears'
Spring Term 2020
'Once upon a journey'
As our youngest learners at St. Luke's settle into the new, exciting 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 (EYFS) is based around four themes, each of which is linked to an important principles that we embrace throughout our school vision and values and which is reflected within our curriculum and its delivery. They are:-
A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through the development of caring, secure and positive relationships with parents/carers and the teacher or teaching assistant who are supporting them within their class.
The internal and external environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning with adults being responsive to their differing and individual needs.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Foundation Stage Curriculum:
The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS). Your child will be engaged in a variety of learning experiences, providing a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which will develop each child's potential. We develop children’s interests through observation whilst they are using the continuous provision. This in turn informs our planning.
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 and topics within their curriculum to support their learning journey within the EYFS and their own interests and fascinations. These may include themes such as:
Ourselves and what makes us special, Celebrations and Festivals, All about 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, or library visit.
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.
The children's reading books are then matched to sounds that they have been learning for them to develop confidence in reading at a level that is appropriate to them and their current reading ability.
On a regular basis, we will send home information and games with new sounds or words that we have been learning for you to practise with your child.
Your child will also have 'Freddy Frog' phonics games for them to practise their phonics skills at home.
At. St Luke's, we have our own established natural woodland area, including a pond 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, understand 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, half a class at a time, on a Wednesday OR Thursday afternoon every week. Children should come to school on their allocated day wearing tracksuit bottoms, as well as their school uniform on their top half.
Weekly 'Stay and learn' sessions in Bears Class
Please come and join us in Bears' classroom every week 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.
(New time for Stay and Learn Wednesday 8:55am till 9:15am)
What have we been learning in Bears Class?
Our Stay and Learn sessions every week in class will support parents and carers to see and experience our recent learning with their child.
Here are some useful ideas relating to our current learning and following on from what we have shared during Stay and Learn:
Spring Term 2 - 2020 -
Tricky words - was, all, you, they, my.
Please support your child to read and quickly recognise these words.
Phonics - sounds for the letters - ay, ee, igh, ow, oo (zoom), oo (look) ie, ue
Please practise segmenting and blending the sounds in words using these new letters.
You can try the words:
day, play, say, see, tree, high, sheep, moon, soon, look, took, pie, tie, blue.
New Vocabulary- It is important that the children learn new words and their meanings so that they can develop a rich vocabulary when speaking and sharing their thoughts, knowledge and ideas.
We have been reading stories and learning about journeys, travelling and features of different places.
The books we have explored recently have been:
'The three little pigs', 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and 'Handa's surprise'.
For The three little pigs, we have been looking at buildings, what features they have and what they are made of and why. Can you look at your own home and see the roof, a door, windows a chimney and any bricks, glass, metal or wood? Also what shapes can you see on your home? What shape is the door, windows and roof? What shape are the bricks or roof tiles?
Please talk to your children about their understanding of these words: travel, journey, distance, place, visit, map, house, build, roof, chimney, climb, high, tall.
In Maths, we are practising recognising numbers up to 20 when out of order.
Ordering numbers 0-10 and then up to 20.
Saying what is one more than and one less than a number to 10.
In Stay and Learn, we said and found a number and then found the number that is one more than that number. We moved our counter up one number.
Number bonds to 10 eg: how can I make 5? 3 and 2 make 5, 4 and 1 make 5
how can I make 10? 5 and 5 makes 10, 9 and 1 makes 10.
Please see below the examples of 10 frames that you can make and practise with at home, as used in our Stay and Learn session.
These are using egg boxes and then coloured pasta, lego and pom poms.
The children will need 2 different colours and 10 of each colour. Eg: 10 red lego bricks and 10 yellow.
In Maths, we are also focusing upon measuring and ordering items by their size, length and height.
You could look at some trees or growing plants and describe their heights. Which is the tallest and the shortest?
You could also cut some strips of paper or string and order these from the shortest to the longest.
We will also be using tape measures and rulers at school to measure and compare lengths and heights.
Can your child measure some items from around your home or a brother or sister and begin to talk about length and height?