Welcome to Foundation Stage
The grown ups in Spider class are Mrs Phillips and Mrs Clist
The grown ups in Butterfly class are Mrs Sykes and Mrs Furze
Please encourage your child to be independent in putting their own coats on and zipping or buttoning them up.
Please ensure drinks bottles are not put in book bags.
Personal Passport Information
Dear Parents and Carers,
After half term we will be starting Personal Passports. The children will have a date that they bring in their Personal Passport that they get ready at home with you. They can chose to bring it in in a box, bag, mini suitcase, gift bag or however they chose. It needs to include as a reference:
-who is in their family (this could include photographs)
- favourite food
- favourite smell
-1 favourite toy
- favourite book, music and film
- Something that they dislike this could be a food, texture, smell
They will then present this to their friends in class on their day, shown on the additional letter. We will encourage them to speak to their friends confidently, clearly and their ability to answer questions from their friends. You might want to practise this at home first. We will assess the children’s ability to communicate to their peers on the EYFS Communication and Language, for example 40-60m Speaking “Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.”
The class bear will also be making visits home on a daily basis for 1 night. Please write in the diary with your child about the bears exciting sleepover and they can draw pictures or add photographs. Otherwise you can add this on Tapestry. This will then be ready them to share with the class the following day. Again we will be looking at how your child communicates past events as part of the EYFS Communication and Language.
Many thanks for your continued support
Mrs Sykes and Mrs Phillips
Foundation Stage Autumn Newsletter 2019
Welcome to Eastover Primary School. We hope that your child’s time with us is a happy one and that they reach their full potential in all areas. Thank you for supporting the induction process into school. The children have settled well into school life.
There are a variety of ways to keep you informed of school events and your child’s learning. Please can you check the class white board located in-between the 2 classes on a daily basis. There are also whole school and Foundation Stage newsletters that will be emailed to you and can be seen on the school website. Class teachers will check each child’s reading record once a week so you can leave us a message in that. Otherwise you can speak to teachers at the end of the school day.
The school website, www.eastoverschool.co.uk also holds lots of other school information including dates and whole school events etc.
You will be able to see many aspects of your child’s learning on an electronic learning journey called Tapestry, many of you will be aware of this through your child’s nursery. You will receive an email from Tapestry (this sometimes goes into junk mail) to set up a password and pin. We will let you know in the next couple of weeks when.
Parent’s evenings will be in October and March to discuss your child’s progress and you will receive a written report at the end of year as a summary of the year.
A member of staff will be available to take any messages from you in the morning. It is essential that we know if there is a different person than usual picking your child up and that they are on your child’s list of contacts.
Clothing Please ensure that ALL school clothing and shoes are clearly named including P.E kit and daps. We would like you to encourage your child to be as independent as possible in getting changed including shoes and coats as well as clothes as this will help them in school. Please send in a named pair of welly boots in preparation for when we start outside learning. P.E kit will be sent home every half term to be washed.
Lunch and snack time
As you will be aware your child has a free hot school meal. Your child also
receives a free snack and until their fifth birthday can receive free milk. If
your child does not want milk please let us know and they will need a
healthy drink in a NAMED bottle. We request that drinks bottles are not
carried in book bags due to damage to books and phonic resources etc.
Your child will need to have their book bag in school every day. At the
moment the children can have up to two ‘choosing’ books to share with
you at home. The ‘choosing’ books (that have a sticker on) are located in-
between the classes. You are welcome to change these before or after
school. These books are to share and enjoy and can be changed
regularly. They will not be expected to formally read these yet. ‘Schemed’
books will be given to the children at a later date. There will be more
information on this at the reading workshop. The expectation is that you
read (phonics, keywords or books) every day with your child.
In the morning
As soon as the bell goes in the morning your child does not need to line
up and can come straight into the classroom ready for registration. Please
can you support your child in being independent by allowing them to
organise themselves and their belongings (book bag, drinks bottle etc.)
after the school bell in the mornings.
There are 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. 3 Prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development (PD). 4 Specific areas: Literacy (L), Mathematics (M) Understanding the World UTW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD). At the end of the year each child will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals in these areas of learning. This term we will deliver the curriculum through cross-curricular topic work and the children’s interests and needs. This term we feel it is essential that children feel settled, safe and familiar with the environment and staff in order to become successful learners. We will be teaching phonics and your child will be bringing letter sounds then words home to learn. There will be more information on this at the reading workshop. You may notice there will be lots of evidence for your child’s learning on Tapestry at the start of the year as the children are not recording it in books. As the year progresses it becomes increasing more in their different work books in preparation for Year 1. You are welcome to share any learning, events etc that happens at home on Tapestry. The children enjoy sharing this with their friends and it helps us have a bigger picture of your child’s learning and development. You may notice at the end of an observation will be a hash tag sign# to indicate the area of learning noticed in the observation.
Important Autumn dates for your diary
Wednesday 25th September– INSET (school closed to children)
Friday 27th October-FS reading workshop 2.00pm
Thursday 3rd October- FS reading workshop 3.30pm (a crèche will be provided) Please sign up to either of the above reading workshops
Friday 11th October -Photographer (Individual photographs)
23rd and 24th October Parents evenings. You will need to sign up online for this.
Friday 25th October-INSET
Monday 28th October-Half term-no school
Monday 4th November -back to school.
Friday 8th November- Nursery Rhyme Day Please can your child dress as their favourite nursery rhyme character.
Friday 15th November -Maths workshop 2.00pm
Thursday 21st November- Maths workshop 3.30pm (crèche provided)
Tuesday 17th December- Foundation Stage Nativity Production 10.30am in the school hall Friday 20th December-end of Autumn term
These dates are all on the school website. The Foundation Stage staff look forward to a happy, busy and successful year working together to ensure a successful start on your child’s learning journey.
Foundation Stage team