Foundation Stage

In line with our COVID risk assessment, our stay and read sessions are temporarily postponed. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Welcome to EYFS

We admit children from the term after their third birthday into our Nursery class, and then into our Foundation 2 class the term after their fifth birthday.

Our Foundation Stage is an integral first step to your child’s career at Pearson Primary School. It is within the Foundation Stage that we will first teach your child about the school’s core values and this sets the tone for all of your child’s future years in our school. In line with the whole school curriculum key drivers, we focus on teaching children the skills to be successful members of a community, keen learners of language and confident explorers of the world around them.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables every child to develop personally, emotionally, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential. Our curriculum is ambitious. We use every opportunity possible to rapidly close any gaps on entry and to best prepare children for the demands of the year 1 curriculum.

Alongside daily teaching sessions, we provide a fun and stimulating environment in which we can provide your child with new experiences to explore and opportunities to practise and apply what they have learned. Our curriculum is flexible enough to build on your child’s interests, in order to engage them in the planned learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor learning is a key part of our Foundation Stage provision and children will be expected to work outside every day possible. Warm coats and wellies are a must!

We firmly believe that children thrive best when there is a strong partnership between the school and the child’s family and so we make sure that this relationship is strong through face to face and online communication.

F1 Opening times – Morning session 8.45 – 11.45

Communication and Language

We have mapped out ambitious language that we teach our children throughout the year and we celebrate the ‘wonderful words’ that the children bring to the setting too. A key focus for our children is giving them time to communicate as a whole class. We sit down with the children at the start of the day and give them time to talk about how they are feeling and what they are going to do during the day. This supports children to talk to each other and to the group with increasing confidence. Sitting in a circle is the starting point of working restoratively, which is a core value of the school. We know how important it is that children can build and maintain respectful relationships for learning.

F1 children have the opportunity to take Home Bear home for the weekend, this encourages the children to talk about what they did at the weekend with Home Bear. F2 children have home school diaries to be completed by parents and children, these will be shared to encourage communication with the class on a Monday.

Reading

Children begin learning phonics (the sounds that letters make) as soon as they start in the Foundation Stage. We use the Read, Write, Inc. programme of study and expect that all children will become confident and enthusiastic readers. We make sure that extra support is provided, where required, so that all children learn to read and we will provide regular training and updates for your family so that together we can make every child a reader.

In F1 and F2 children have the opportunity to choose and take home a weekly library book. They will bring home the sounds that they are learning for further practice. Foundation 2 children will also have an individual reading book when they are ready and a reading journal to support their reading at home.

Stay and read is on Wednesday morning 8.45 – 9.15.

Writing

Early writing is taught through the Read, Write, Inc. programme. Children learn simple sayings to remember the letter formation of the sounds that they are learning. We encourage children to embed early writing by giving them further opportunities to practice writing for a reason, using a wide range of resources and equipment, throughout the setting. We know that all children are different and we tailor our provision and resources throughout the year to meet their individual needs.

Number

Numbers can be found all around the setting, we work in small groups to look at numbers and shapes throughout the week, and staff are quick to recognise and praise children when they use numbers in their play. We have also developed the foundation stage to give children opportunities that allow them to use the language of size, shape and measures during continuous provision

Information for parents

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