Welcome to Lower Foundation Stage
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Useful Parent Information
The school day
Morning nursery session starts at 8:45AM and finishes at 11:45. Afternoon nursery session starts at 12.30PM and finishes at 3.30PM. Please make sure your child arrives promptly at school for 8:45AM/12:30PM to ensure they are present for register and ready to start learning. If for any reason, your child arrives after this time, please go to the school office. If you will be late to pick up your child at home time, please ring the office to inform them as soon as possible. For safety reasons, children need to be collected by a known adult, so if someone new is collecting your child please inform a member of staff.
Reading is an important and fun part of children’s learning. Children will visit the school library every Friday. They are invited to choose a book to take home for the week. Books should be returned the following Friday if your child wishes to change their book.
Your child should wear uniform which follows our school policy. In Foundation Stage your child will need appropriate clothing all year round for outdoor play. In winter, please make sure you send your child to school with a waterproof coat, hat, scarves and gloves. In summer, please send your child with a sun hat and labelled sun cream. It is a good idea to send a pair of wellies to school with your child for all year round as we will use them daily when playing on the grass, in the mud kitchen and for water play.
Please remember to label ALL items of clothing and shoes as this will help return lost property as soon as possible.
We hope your child enjoys their time in Lower Foundation Stage. If you have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff in the Foundation Stage Unit and arrange an appropriate time to chat.
This half term we are learning ‘All about me’. We have been making new friends and talking about our family. We have enjoyed painting portraits of ourselves and looking at photographs of different families.
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What a fun-filled day we have had. All the children looked amazing! Today was our first visit to a whole school assembly and I was impressed with how well our Lower Foundation children sat and listened. We read our class favourite ‘Room on the Broom’ written by Julia Donaldson and we had a fantastic attempt at creating rhyming spells. We really enjoyed making a paper plate witch using shredded paper, paint and card. We also explored different sensory activities which required the children to separate insects from spaghetti using tweezers and to mash peas using forks to then be stirred in our spell making cauldron.
On Shrove Tuesday, we learnt how to make pancakes using eggs, flour and milk. We enjoyed tasting pancakes and choosing a choice of toppings. Our class favourite was pancakes topped with strawberry jam. They were delicious!
In maths, our focus has been to recite numbers in order to 10 and we have been learning to count on and backwards from any number. We have also been counting objects in a set and have been matching a numeral to its quantity.
We have enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year celebration. We have learnt that this year is the New Year of the Rat. We have made Chinese lanterns and have had a go at writing Chinese numbers and letters.
We have been decorating our Christmas tree and have been discussing our decorations at home. In maths, we have enjoyed counting how many baubles are on the tree and we have investigated how many green and gold baubles are on the tree.
We have read ‘Dear Santa’. We have enjoyed reading this story and discussing what may be underneath each present in the story. We have been investigating which toys are big and small. The children listened really well and recalled parts of the story by sequencing the toys in order that appeared in the book. We were also lucky to post our letters in our special post box to send to Santa who lives in the North Pole.
Every Friday we enjoy visiting the Library to swap our reading books. We like to talk about the book we have read to all of our friends.
To develop our fine and gross motor skills needed for writing we take part in four activities every Friday. We have some activities tricky and difficult but with perseverance we have given them a go and we are always striving to improve our skill next time.
We have been describing and naming 2-D shapes. We enjoy talking about the shapes we see in our environment.