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Foundation

Welcome to

'The Magic Beans' Unit

Welcome to the Foundation Unit. Each year the different units throughout school have names which relate to our first topic of the year. Our first topic is ‘Traditional Tales', so we have thought about the children’s favourite stories and called ourselves The Magic Beans Unit  this year, which relates to the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

 

The Foundation Unit is made up of Foundation 1 (or Nursery) and Foundation 2 (Reception) where the children are aged between 3 and 5 years old. Mrs Wregg and Mrs Dixon are teaching the F2 groups this year and Mrs Owens and Miss Cartledge are teaching the F1 groups. Miss Ross will work across both F1 and F2

All the children belong to a Key Worker group which gives them a great sense of belonging. In these groups they develop their confidence, their listening and attention skills and are encouraged to express themselves and talk about what they are doing to each other and to members of staff.

The curriculum in the Foundation Unit is made up of 7 areas of learning and development.  All of which are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are the prime areas:

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

 

 

 

Our learning and teaching is planned through a topic based curriculum where each topic in Foundation focuses on different areas of development.

Our topics and related curriculum areas for the year are:

Term

School Theme

Foundation Topic

Curriculum areas

Autumn 1

Open a book

Traditional Tales

Literacy

Communication and Language

Mathematics

Autumn 2

Let’s perform

‘The Fairy Tale Nativity'

Expressive Arts and Design

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Spring 1

Times past

Dinosaurs

Literacy

 Mathematics

Understanding of the World

Spring 2

Communication

People who help us

Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Summer 1

Finding out

Favourite Places

Understanding of the World

Communication and Language

Summer 2

Design and make

What is Growing Outside?

Understanding of the World

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

As well as the 7 areas of learning and development, children in Foundation are encouraged to learn in a variety of ways, these are defined as the characteristics of effective learning, which are:

  • by playing and exploring,
  • through active learning
  • by creating and thinking critically

The Foundation Unit is set up to enable children to explore these characteristics of learning by:

  • creating and making
  • pretending and role playing
  • finding out and exploring
  • mark making with pencils, pens, chalks, paints, pastels etc.
  • playing with numbers and shapes.

We have designated areas for reading, mark making, numeracy, jigsaws, construction, fine motor skills, listening, small world, role play, discovery and ICT. We have also have daily provision of sand, water, outdoor and messy play.

 

 

Routines and systems:

Our Day

* We start the day in our Key Worker groups, welcoming the children, sharing their news and introducing activities for the day.

*This is followed by ‘Busy time’ where the children explore the activities and initiate their own learning through play both indoors and outdoors.

*In the middle of the morning we have a speaking and listening or phonics session followed by snack in our key worker groups.

*Children then return to busy time and end the morning with stories or songs for F1 children and Literacy or Numeracy for F2 children.

*This routine is repeated in the afternoon, focussing on different curriculum areas during carpet times.

Throughout the day children also work at targeted activities and in small groups with staff to develop their skills in the different areas of the curriculum.

 

 P.E

F2 children need a P.E kit for weekly P.E sessions (Thursday), please keep P.E kits in school on your child’s peg (black shorts and a white t-shirt). Please can you also make sure all uniform and P.E kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  F1 children take part in a range of physical activities but do not yet require a P.E kit, for any hall P.E sessions, they simply need to take off their shoes, socks and any jumpers. Can we also take this opportunity to remind you that children should not wear earrings on P.E days for safety reasons.

 

 

 Reward Systems

We are now recording children’s rewards electronically on a system is called ‘Class Dojo’ where each child is given a character (called an avatar) which keeps count of the children’s rewards in a simple points system. These can be displayed on the interactive whiteboard for the children to see. Dojo points are awarded for achievements, effort, good manners and behaviour and kindness to others.  Please ask for your own parent log in if you have not received one.  This will enable you to see when your child receives dojo's and you can message the class teacher.

 

 

Reading at Home

We ask that you support your child learning to read. Please try to listen to them at home every night for a few minutes and talk about their books with them. Feel free to read along with them if they are finding their book a little tricky and encourage them to talk about the pictures or guess what might happen next in the story. Please make sure that when you have read with your child you sign their diary. Every read at home is worth a dojo point! When children read 4 times in a week they will be rewarded with extra playtime on a Friday.

 

Assembly

We have a merit assembly every Friday at 9.10am. This is where we recognise the children’s achievements. All parents, relatives and friends are welcome at this assembly and it would be lovely if you could join us. If your child is going to receive a certificate we will let you know.

 

Supporting your child

During the year, children who need extra support/ intervention in literacy or numeracy will be supported in small groups or 1:1 sessions to suit their individual needs.

You will be invited to speak with your child’s teacher about your child’s progress, achievement and next steps in the Autumn term. This will be followed up with a second meeting towards the end of the year to review any targets set. If you have any concerns or need to speak to your child’s teacher at any point during the year just let us know and we will be happy to speak to you.

 

Attendance

We highlight the importance of good attendance at The Mount School, knowing that good attendance leads to better learning and progress – we also don’t want the children to miss the exciting activities we plan! Each Friday we have an attendance raffle where every child who has attended school every day and has been on time is entered into the raffle with the chance of winning a prize. We also have a school attendance trophy, which is awarded weekly to the class which has the highest attendance.

 

Starting School

Children can start Foundation 1 the term after they turn 3. They are entitled to 15 hrs each week which is made up of 5 half days (mornings)

To support this transition into school, we organise a home visit and 2 school visits before they start their first full week.

Children start ‘full time school’ at the beginning of the academic year in which they turn 5. Visits are arranged during the Summer term to support this transition.

Diary Dates

Oct Half Term - last day at school Friday 20th October

Inset day 30th October.

Back to school Tuesday 31st October

Cinema Trip 21st November (see details nearer the time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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