St Mary’s Foundation Stage
Welcome to the Spring term in the Foundation Stage; with a special welcome to our new children and their families.
Meet the staff:
Mrs Rhodes, Miss Harrison, Miss Swift and Mrs Trigg.
About St Mary’s Foundation Stage
We follow the ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); this is a Framework that describes how Early Years practitioners should work with children and their families to support a child's development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.
It is based on four important themes:
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 positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Parents and the EYFS
It is really important to us that parents play an active role in the Foundation Stage. Please come in and talk to staff at the beginning of your child’s session, keep us updated on things that are happening in your child’s life, their interests and achievements.
We love to hear how your child is getting on at home; for example; sharing books, joining in activities or even helping at home. You are the most important people to your child and the people who know them best of all.
We would like to remind you of our ‘celebration tree’ as a way for you to share with us some of the wonderful things children do at home. It doesn't matter how small you think their achievement is, it is a WOW moment for your child and it will be celebrated in school and added to their learning journey. Please help yourself to some ‘leaves’ to keep at home.
Why do you love me so much?
Our new theme (topic) this half term is called ‘Why do you love me so much?’ We will be exploring love, families, friends, home and ‘all about me’. As part of our topic we will be sharing the following books at school: My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' by Nick Sharratt, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Guess How Much I Love you' by Sam McBratney. If you have these books at home your child may enjoy to look at them with you too.
Our RE topic this half term is ‘Myself’. We will be thinking about our families and the family of God. We would like the children to bring in a photograph of themselves as a baby to be part of our display.
We like to involve the children as much as possible in the planning of their learning, so foundation staff will be watching and talking to the children about the things that interest them and the stories that they know and love. If you have any photos, books or interesting items relating to these topics we would love to share them at school.
Stay and play coffee mornings this half term:
Wednesday 27th September – Phonics, home reading and helping your child to read.
Wednesday 4th October – Helping your child to write.
Wednesday 11th October – Helping your child to count.
Wednesday 18th October – To be confirmed! Please suggest areas you would like to see/know more about.
Wednesday 25th October – Parents meetings so no stay and play session.
If you miss a coffee morning don’t worry all the handouts and information are available on the parent’s information board in the foundation unit.
Why Do Squirrels Hide Their Nuts? and Can We Explore It?
Our themes (topics) this half term are called ‘Why do squirrels hide their nuts?’ and ‘Can we explore it? We will be thinking about the changes that we see in Autumn and animals that hibernate and migrate. We will go on our own bear hunt and will be doing activities focussed on Bonfire night and Christmas. As part of our topics we will be sharing the following books at school: ‘Percy the park keeper: After the Storm’ by Nick Butterworth, ‘Bear snores on’ by Karma Wilson and ‘The Great Explorer’ by ‘Chris Judge’.
In RE this half term we will be thinking about baptism and being welcomed into God’s family. We will explore what a birthday is and look forward to Christmas, the birth of Jesus.
Please let us know if you have any ideas about what we can investigate in school or any questions we could try to answer. Please include in this home learning book any fun experiences or photos that may be relevant to our topic.
Already the busy time of Advent and Christmas is approaching; please find below a list of activities for Foundation Stage as we prepare for this special time of year.
F2 Visit to the Pantomime
A reminder that the F2’S are visiting CAST in Doncaster on Wednesday 6th December. Please return the reply slip and payment to school if you haven’t already done so. Thank you.
Christmas Presentation – ‘A Miracle in Town’
Our performance will take place on Tuesday 19th of December at 9:30 in school. All are welcome to come and watch.
Your child will be taking part as either a shepherd or an angel (their choice) and they will need a costume. These can be either commercially bought ones or homemade. Angels can be made using a white pillow case with tinsel for head and waist. Shepherds can be made using plain coloured pillow cases or dressing gowns and a tea towel for their head. Please can your child’s costume be put into a carrier bag with their name on and brought into school by Wednesday 13th December.
Due to health and safety regulations the hall has a set capacity. In order to accommodate everyone, we require that each family has two tickets for the performance. We are asking for 50p per ticket. All money raised will be used to fund further activities in school. Any tickets remaining will be sold on Monday 11th December at 3:35 at the main entrance.
Please complete the slip below and return to your class teacher as soon as possible; no later than Wednesday 6th December.
End of Term Christmas Mass
Whole school Christmas mass at 10:00 on Wednesday 20th December in Church. All are welcome.
Foundation Stage will have their party on Thursday 21st December. A party food list will go up nearer the time, please can you sign up to bring something to the party. This is also whole school Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day.
Friday 22nd December F2 children will be attending the disco in the afternoon. This is also non-uniform day.
The Christmas post box will be open for Christmas cards from 1st December. If you require a class list of children’s names these will be available next to the post box.
If you have any questions, please come in and speak to a member of staff.
Will you read me a fairy-story?
Our theme (topic) this half term is called ‘Will you read me a fairy-story?’. We will be sharing lots of fairy-stories including Beauty and the Beast (following our visit to the Pantomime), Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow-White, Cinderella, Frozen and many more. We will be talking about fairytale characters such as Princes, Princesses, knights, kings and queens. We will be exploring goodies, baddies, castles, magic and fantasy.
To celebrate at the end of our ‘Will you read me fairy-tale?’ topic we are going to be holding a fairy-tale tea party and ‘Royal ball’ on Wednesday 7th February. We would like the children to come to school on this day dressed up as their favourite fairy-tale character. Any princess, prince or superhero costume is great. Please don’t buy an outfit especially for this, we have spare ones at school for your child to borrow.
In RE this half term we will be thinking about celebrations and especially celebrations that happen in church such as weddings and baptisms. We will explore the St Mary’s parish church.
Please let us know if you have any favourite fairy-stories that you would like us to look at or any questions we could try to investigate and answer. Please include in this home learning book any fun experiences or photos (maybe you dressed up as a fairytale character) that may be relevant to our topic.