St Mary’s Foundation Stage
Welcome to the Summer term in the Foundation Stage.
Meet the staff:
Mrs Rhodes, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Frazer and Miss Alderson.
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.
Below is a link to the development matters document on line for you to look at:
RE in the EYFS
In our RE time the children learn to appreciate God’s wonderful world and enjoy exploring it through outdoor play. They learn about God’s love for us through listening to stories from the Bible such as Noah's Ark and the Lost Sheep. The children are given opportunities to respond to God’s love through prayer in class collective worship and celebrations and as part of the whole school.
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 ‘WOW moments wall' 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 'WOW' slips to keep at home.
Helping at home...
The children take part in daily phonics sessions. Please click on the following link to find some resources that will support your child at home. https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
Notices and reminders:
Why do ladybirds have spots?
Our theme (topic) this half term is called ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’ We will be exploring all different types of minibeasts and the places that they live. We will go on our own minibeast safari, we’ll look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wriggle, crawl or fly. We’ll find out about minibeast habitats, features and colours, and compare them.
Help your child during our topic:
Minibeasts are marvellous! Why not visit your local pet shop together and take a look at some exotic minibeasts. Can you find out what countries they came from? You could also try worm charming in your garden. Put a large hoop on an area of earth, water the area with a watering can, and tap your fingers lightly on the ground. Can you entice any worms to the surface? Alternatively, read minibeast-themed stories together, such as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, to find out more about these incredible creatures.
During our topic we will be sharing the following books at school:
Have you read any of these books before?
As an end to our minibeast topic and to celebrate the children’s learning we will be holding an ‘Ugly bug ball.’ Your child can come to school dressed up as a minibeast; such as a spider, ladybird, butterfly etc… The date of the ball is Thursday 23rd May.
In RE this half term we will be thinking about Good News and looking at Judaism. We would love the children to bring in some good news that they would like to share with the class. This could be a swimming certificate, photo of a new baby or an invitation to a party.
Spring 2 ...
'Are Eggs Alive? Do Cows Drink Milk?'
During this half term we will be thinking about and trying to answer the questions above.
Our topic is all about The Farm. We will be exploring the different animals on the farm and finding out lots of information about them.
We have lots of fabulous books to share linked to our topic.
During the first week back we have some extra special visitors coming into school. We will be receiving a batch of eggs 2-3 days from hatching and an incubator, so that we can hatch chickens in our classroom. we will be able to experience the miracle of new life, in real life, in a hands on way.
During the last week of this half term, we have an exciting 'farm day' planned where the animals from the farm will be visiting the children of the Foundation stage.
'Will you read me a story?'
Our theme (topic) this half term is called ‘Will you read me a story?’. We will be sharing lots of our stories including; Goldilocks and the three bears, 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 story?’ topic we are going to be holding a fairy-tale tea party and ‘Royal ball’ on Thursday 14th February. (separate letter to follow.)
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.
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. if the children have any photographs at home of any celebrations they have been part of please could they bring them into school to share with us.
Please let us know if you have any favourite 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.
More information about our planned learning during our topic can be found by clicking on the link below.