Foundation

Welcome to our Foundation Class!

Thank you for visiting our class page.

Foundation teacher Mr Poote is supported by learning assistants Mrs Wallace and Mrs Batson and together they provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for your child’s so important first year at school.

As well as the stimulating classroom, there is a wonderful secure outdoor area for the children to use for imaginative play and social activity, which also enhances the children’s learning experiences in conjunction with the curriculum. In addition, we have developed a ‘wild area’ which further supports outdoor learning opportunities and includes the following – Mud kitchen and workshop, water pulley systems, ‘trim-trail’ obstacle course, bird hide, den making resources, ‘mini-beast hotels’ campfire area, planting and digging areas and a range of wild flowers and plants to explore.

Please feel free to come and visit us and see how we learn in Foundation at Long Crendon!

Class Information Pack

Please click on the following link to see our class information booklet.

Foundation Stage Welcome Pack 2020

Class News

I am delighted to announce that the children have settled really well and have benefitted from having the staggered start. We were able to get to know the children a little quicker in their smaller groups and this also helped the children to learn their new routines and expectations.

The children have been introduced to a daily timetable and list of jobs they will be responsible for carrying out regularly. We will continue to add in activities such as Music, PE and French sessions and we have started our phonic scheme (please refer to the links on this page for more information).

We will be sharing more information about our ethos and practice in a special video presentation (coming soon) and will notify you when it is ready.

For now, I would like to thank you for your interest and encourage as much communication and collaboration as possible in order to make this very important first year a positive and successful one.

Mr Poote and the FS Team

Useful links

Please follow the links below for more information…

Home Learning Links:

Free on-line reading books for home

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

EYFS Home learning – Daily Activities to do at home

https://www.eyfshome.com/

Twinkl Resources for Parents

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

Planning:

We have mapped out specific skills from the Development Matters Document over the course of a year in Foundation. The following documents show each Term’s Medium Term Skills for you to look at. Please note that these are not necessarily taught discreetly, but are aimed at providing a starting point for some activities and small projects.

Autumn Term 1 MTP

Autumn Term 2 MTP

Spring Term 1 MTP

Spring Term 2 MTP

Summer Term 1 MTP

Summer Term 2 MTP

Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum:

The following links give information about how the EYFS links between home and school and how important it is to have regular input from parents and carers.

EYFS Parents Guide

What to Expect When

Shared Communication:

Information from parents and carers is crucial in order to create a better picture of your child and how well they learn, what interests they have and any questions or concerns you may have. We have produced a sheet called a ‘Wow moment’ which is designed to share any learning opportunities you have observed at home. We then follow this up with your child at school to further praise/promote their achievements with the class. Please follow the link below and print off and fill out as many ‘wow moments’ as you like!

Wow Moments Message to Parents.docx

Information about our phonics scheme, reading and writing support materials:

Jolly Phonics

Phonic Lessons Introduction

Jolly Phonics Actions

Early Reading and Writing Guidance

Ideas for shared reading

Pencil Grip and Letter formation

Tricky Word Bank

Jolly Phonics Word Bank

Outdoor Learning:

We feel that outdoor learning is a very important element to the children’s experience in and out of school. The following document highlights the main reasons for providing opportunities for children to learn outside the classroom.

Effective Practice Outdoor Learning

Internet safety activity:

Online safety at home for ages 4-5

Online safety at home activity 2 for ages 4-5

Online safety at home activity 3 for ages 4-5

Online safety at home activity 4 for ages 4-5