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Foundation 2 - Reception Class

Welcome to the Foundation Stage
 
Please see our Year Group Blog here.

The Foundation Stage teachers are Miss Bradley and Mr Smith. We also have teaching assistants who work with us. They are Mrs Breen, Mrs Russell, and Miss Stevenson.

The following overview will give you a brief flavour of what the children will experience during their year in the Foundation Stage. At Dore Primary the children learn through continuous play provision and are able to choose their own activities and whom they play with for a lot of the day. They also complete learning tasks with an adult during the day, have a whole class maths input and a daily phonics session.

 
The Early Years Curriculum is divided into three Prime Areas of learning:
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

And four Specific Areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Most of our learning is cross curricular and takes place both inside and outsideTake a look at our six half termly topics:
 
 
Autumn 1 - Once Upon A Rhyme
 
In this topic we will be enjoying nursery rhymes and traditional tales.  We will be learning about rhyming families and basing lots of activities around The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs.  We will start daily phonics lessons.  In maths we will have lots of counting practice, start addition calculations, learn about 2D shapes and compare  the lengths of objects.  There are some great maths challenges to work on at home.
We will start P.E, have circle time every week and begin Wednesday walks in the school grounds.

Autumn 2 - Let's Celebrate


In this topic we will be learning about Diwali and Christmas and comparing the two celebrations through literacy and think activities.  In maths we will be beginning subtraction and comparing amounts of objects.  Christmas Focus Day will enable parents to come in and enjoy some Christmas crafts with their children.  Of course there will also be the Christmas Concert to come and see as well.  In phonics we will be starting phase 3 which includes blended phonemes such as 'sh' and 'ch'. 
 

Spring 1 - We're Going On A Bear Hunt

One of our favourite stories! We will base much of our literacy work around the language in this brilliant book by Michael Rosen. Lots of onomatopoeia and vocabulary based on weather. We will even attempt poetry writing.  This is the term when we become scientists and carry out many practical investigations. In Maths we will revisit addition and subtraction, start to learn about money and 3-d shapes. There will be lots of creative opportunities for drawing, painting and collage; and we will use the wonderful work of photographer Ansel Adams as a stimulus for some of our work. In phonics we will continue learning Phase 3  phonemes. Wednesday Walks will continue whenever the weather allows - remember parents/carers are welcome to join us!

 
Spring 2 - How Does Your Garden Grow?
 
It is Chinese New Year during half-term, so we will start by having our own celebration in school for 'The Year of the Sheep'. We will be singing and dancing and have a Chinese art and DT afternoon. Our role play area is a 'Bug Lab', so we can consolidate all the observational skills we learnt last term. We will plant seeds and learn what helps them grow. Our literacy work will be based on 'Jasper's beanstalk' and 'The very hungry caterpillar' - two great stories! In maths, we will learn about ordinal numbers, revisit addition and subtraction, order the days of the week and do lots of practical activities with weighing and 3-D shape. We will start learning about mini-beasts - snails, caterpillars and butterflies. We are planning some amazing art work too. Remember to keep checking our Learning Journey!


Summer 1 - Down on the Farm

The highlight this half term will be a visit to Whirlow Farm. We will tour the farm and do lots of practical mini beast activities. We will use the 'Farmer Duck' story as the basis for literacy activities. Farms and animals will also be the theme for much of our creative work - lots of designing and making (and getting sticky!) In Maths we will learn about Doubling and Halving, revisit Addition, and work on sequencing events, and telling the time (starting with 0'clock times) - so get those watches ready! 


Summer 2 - Pirates And Princesses

This is a very important half-term as we start to think about transition and the journey into Year 1. We will start by welcoming next year's new Foundation classes, and introducing them to our school, and some of our favourite activities. Later on we will visit the Year 1 Base, and prepare for becoming Y1's. Lots of literacy work will focus on Pirates and Princesses, and we will do much creative writing, learning about the elements of stories, and then writing our own. The role play area will be converted into a pirate ship, and there will be lots of opportunities for dressing up. In maths, we will revisit addition and subtraction, and learn careful estimation. We will be using simple co-ordinates during map work. Pirates and Princesses offers plenty of opportunities for creative art work. Look out for our large pirate frieze in the art room. We will also be going on a couple of outings from school. We are going to visit Dore Parish Church, and to celebrate sensible Wednesday walking, we will have fun at the Recreation Ground. Look out for the dates!

We hope that your child has a fantastic year with us in the Foundation Stage! :) 



Please find some documents you may find useful below:
 
 



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