Welcome to the Foundation Stage 

Red Unit:

Mrs Taylor, Miss Gregory, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Aston.

Yellow unit:

Miss Davenport, Miss Stansfield, Mrs Neal and Mrs Thompson.

 Foundation stage co-ordinator: Mrs Taylor

 

Welcome to the Autumn term in the Foundation stage. Our topics for the first half term will be ‘Why do you love me so much?’ and ‘Can we explore it?’ where we will be trying to answer these questions in many different and exciting ways.

About St Bede’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:

Theme: A Unique Child

Principle: Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Theme: Positive Relationships

Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Theme: Enabling Environments

Principle: 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 and carers.

Theme: Learning and Development

Principle: 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.

This term we will our topics will be ‘All about me’, ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Fairytales.’ We would like to involve the children as much as possible into the planning of their learning so foundation staff will be watching and talking to the children about the things that interest them, we will also be sending home a sheet for you to complete with your child about their individual interests.

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. As you are the most important people to your child and the people who know them best of all, we would like to make you aware of our ‘celebration tree’ and 'leaves' for parents to complete. 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 achievement booklet. For example WOW – today Jack found his shoes and put them on himself. WOW – Mary counted the right number (4) of plates for dinner. Please help yourself to some of the paper 'leaves’ to keep at home or keep us updated with an email. The email address to send any photographs or comments to us is stbedesfoundationstage@gmail.com 

Baking will take place once every half term and on special occasions such as Chinese new year and Christmas. Therefore, we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £1.00 per child every half term. If you would like any of the recipes, please speak to a member of staff.

Your child is provided with a piece of fruit and milk/water is available throughout the day. If you would like your child to have a further snack in the afternoon, please send a piece of fruit or vegetable and place them in the snack area. Your child is also welcome to bring their own water bottle.

 

Finally, please remember that all items of clothing need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Every Thursday foundation children will be taking part in exciting activities in the St Bede’s woodland area such as making mud pies, building dens and climbing trees. Although every attempt will be made to keep children’s clothing clean due to the nature of these foundation activities some slightly muddy trouser legs are unavoidable. If you have any wellies at home, please send them into school with your child's name written inside.