Foundation

Stage 1

Class Teacher

Mrs Fanthorpe

Support Staff

Our other adults supporting here are our early years practitioners: Mrs Symonds and Miss Robinson.

Mrs Fox is our specialist Speech and language learning assistant.

Topics

As the interests and needs of the children change year on year and even month on month, we do not follow a strict yearly curriculum. This said, however, to widen the children’s experiences and understanding of the world around them, there are certain topics, including learning through the seasons and learning about festivals, that we will explore during the year. This year, our possible lines of interest are:

Autumn Term

  • Ourselves/Getting to know me – People who help us / Road safety
  • What is Autumn? – Harvest – Halloween
  • Bonfire Night / Night and day – Diwali
  • Christmas – What is Winter?

Visits/workshops:

We will have a visit from a local nurse to talk about his role in the community. We will host a Christmas singalong in December for FS1 parents/carers, where we will sing familiar Christmas songs and show artwork made by the children. We will also have a weekly ‘stay and play’ session for parents/carers to engage with their child and discuss the progress made over the term.

Books to support our lines of interests:
Playgroup, Starting School, Meg and Mog, The Enormous Turnip, We’re going on a bear hunt, Owl babies, various nursery rhymes and The Christmas Story.

In Maths, we will be focusing on:
– Using number names to 5 and number language to 5 spontaneously and accurately during play.
– Understanding that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.
– Beginning to represent numbers using fingers and other concrete objects.
– Developing an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects
– Developing an awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment.

In English, our focus is:
– Enjoying rhyming and rhythmic activities and showing awareness of rhyme and alliteration through familiar and traditional nursery rhymes.
– Developing listening skills through joining in with stories and poems.
– Developing early book skills such as looking at / handling books carefully and turning pages from left to right as we talk about the illustrations.
– Developing early vocabulary by understanding the uses of familiar objects.
– Giving meaning to marks that we make through drawing and painting

Spring Term

  • What is Spring?
  • Growing – Chinese New Year
  • Easter – Mother and Baby Animals
  • World Book Day – Science Week

Visits/workshops:

We will invite parents to join us for a ‘dough disco’ workshop, where parents/carers will learn how we use dough disco to develop the children’s fine motor and manipulative skills.

We will hold an Easter craft morning for parents/carers where there will be a carousel of Easter craft activities.

We will continue to have a weekly ‘stay and play’ session for parents/carers to engage with their child and discuss the progress made over the term. As part of this session, we will set up pre-reading packs with talking toys to encourage parents to develop early language and reading skills with their child.

Books to support our lines of interests:

Spring themed books, Talk for writing through nursery rhymes, The Hungry Caterpillar, Number Rhymes, Dear Zoo, The Gingerbread Man and ‘You’re not my mummy’ animal books.

In Maths, we will be focusing on:

  • Comparing two groups of objects, saying when we have the same number.
  • Showing an interest in number problems and in numerals in the environment.
  • Separating a group of three or four objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same.
  • Sustained construction activity and talking about shapes or arrangements.
  • Using shapes appropriately for tasks.
  • Using positional language.

In English, our focus is:

  • Joining in with repeated phrases and anticipating key events in rhymes and stories.
  • Suggesting how the story might end.
  • Listening to stories with increasing attention and recall.
  • Beginning to give meaning to print in the environment and recognising letters in our first name.
  • Early phonological awareness through hearing and saying some sounds in speech such as ‘s’, ‘c’, ‘p’, ‘t’ ‘f’ and ‘a’
  • Beginning to draw various lines and shapes in our mark making to represent our ideas.

Summer term

  • What is Summer? 
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr
  • Minibeasts
  • Transition for new class

Visits/workshops:

We will visit Normanby Hall in the Summer term and invite parents to join their child for a picnic in the park. We will continue to have a weekly ‘stay and play’ session for parents/carers to engage with their child and discuss the progress made over the term. We will continue to send home pre-reading packs with talking toys to encourage parents to develop early language and reading skills with their child.

Books to support our lines of interests:

Summer themed books. Various Traditional Tales such as The three little pigs and Goldilocks and the three bears. The Rainbow Fish. Number rhymes.

In Maths, we will be focusing on:

  • Recognising and matching some numerals and quantities correctly to 5.
  • Reciting numbers in order to 10.
  • Beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.
  • Knowing that not only objects, but anything can be counted including steps, counts and jumps.
  • Beginning to use language to name and describe 2D shapes.

In English, our focus is:

  • Describing the main settings, events and characters in stories.
  • Linking print in the environment to print and illustrations in books.
  • Beginning to form some of the letters in our first name.
  • Linking speech sounds such as ‘s’, ‘c’, ‘p’, ‘t’ ‘f’ and ‘a’ to the initial sounds of familiar words e.g. ‘c’ for cat.
  • Using Talk for Writing to learn familiar story structures.

Our ‘11 before 11’ experience is a family picnic with parents/carers at Normanby Hall in the Summer term.

Please help us in supporting your child with:

  • Toileting: please encourage your child to have a regular toileting routine with opportunities to develop health and self-care skills such as dressing/undressing and washing hands.
  • Early reading and language development : please make full use of the pre-reader books, which the children will bring home weekly in the Spring term, by discussing illustrations and asking ‘what’, ‘who’ , ‘where’ and ‘why’ questions.
  • Early counting opportunities: please use any day to day objects at home such as spoons, balls, straws, apples, and toys to practice counting and talking about number.