Welcome to the Foundation Stage
Mrs Taylor, Miss Gregory, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Aston.
Miss Davenport, Miss Stansfield, Mrs Neal and Mrs Thompson.
Foundation stage co-ordinator: Mrs Taylor
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 email@example.com .
Each week, we bake/taste food that is linked to our topic. We ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per child, per week. Without this, we may not be able to provide this experience and we thank you for your continued support. If you would like the recipe of anything created in class, please speak to a member of staff.
Our current topic in the foundation stage is ‘Will you read me a story?’. We are enjoying reading a selection of fairytales and traditional stories and have produced some wonderful work based on this. After our visit to the pantomime to watch ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ we were inspired to read many more traditional stories, our favourites are Little red riding hood and The three little pigs. In the woodland area, we have searched for the big bad wolf and created our own houses using twigs, bricks, and straw. The stories have been brought alive in our units and we hope your children are enjoying telling you all about them.
Finally, please remember that all items of clothing need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Every Thursday all 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.