Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St. Luke's and 'Bears' Class
Autumn Term 2020
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.
Reading in Reception
All new reading books and reading diaries will be sent home with your child on a Monday. Please date and sign your child's diary when you read together at home. This should be at least 3 times a week! You can also include books that you have read from home or the Library.
Please return all books and diaries to school every week on a Friday.
We will then put all school books in a box for 72 hours, before they are sent home again on a Monday. Reading books will not be shared with other class 'bubbles'.
Please ensure that your child washes their hands before reading a school book and keeps the book in their book bag at all times.
Please also remember to enjoy sharing stories together at home. This may be a bedtime story or a visit to Redditch Library to choose new books. You can also visit
for online reading opportunities too. If you need any support or advice with reading, please speak to us at school.
Autumn Term 2 - 2020
During this half of term, we will be reading books by the author Jill Murphy, including 'Whatever Next' and 'Peace at Last'. Through these stories we will be exploring night time, our own bedtime routines and nocturnal animals.
Can you talk about and order your own bedtime routine? What do you do 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th?
You could look outside through the window when it is dark. Can you see the moon or any stars?
What does the dark make you think of or feel like?
Do you know any animals that we might see at night time?
We are learning the names for the letter sounds below.
Please support your child to practise the sounds each letter make. (This is the soft, pure sounds, not letter names)
The children should be able to show you how we practise these in our daily phonics sessions.
We practise our 'Tricky words' every day during phonics. The children should be able to confidently recognise and read these words. They are 'tricky', as you cannot sound them out, as you may be able to with other words.
Can you count out loud to 10?
Can you recognise numbers up to 10? When they are out of order.
Can you count out 10 objects and say a number name for each, as you point to them? - You could try this with small toys, lego pieces, or leaves or stones outside?
Can you see a rectangle, triangle, circle or square in your house or outside?
Can you make a pattern that repeats? You could try this with colours, shapes or different objects.