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Mrs Wharton

Mrs Wharton(1)

I am Mrs Wharton and this will be my second year as the Foundation Stage teacher at St. Peter's. l support all the children in their learning journey in EYFS at St. Peter's and love to see the progress they make throughout the year. I love P.E. as I'm always very active and I like to burn off some of my excess energy! My twin daughters also attended St. Peter's and they loved every minute! In my spare time I love going for runs and bike rides, and in the summer months I can often be found in Wales at my caravan.

Mrs Rowlinson

Mrs Rowlinson(1)

Hi, I'm Mrs Rowlinson and am very experienced in Foundation Stage, having worked in here for 7 years. I always have the best interests of the children at heart and try to think of fun activities for them to do, especially if it includes art and crafts, which I love! I can often by found making costumes for the Christams Show in December! I have two daughters, who both came to St. Peter's themselves, so I know what a kind and caring school it is. Out of school I enjoy taking my dog, Buzz, for walks, so don't forget to wave if you see me on your travels!

Mrs Watmough

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I'm Mrs Watmough and I really love working at St. Peter's! I try to be very thoughtful and warm-hearted to all the children and love Come and See lessons. My daughter also came to St. Peter's and often talks about her time here fondly. I have worked in many year groups throughout the school, but Foundation Stage is by far my favourite. Sshh - don't tell the other classes! I enjoy reading and going on walks, so make sure you wave to me too if you see me out and about.

Overview of Foundation Stage

The Reception Class is your child's final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We aim to have fun while learning the new skills we need for the future.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for Year One, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.

The prime areas will help children to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Foundation Stage and KS1 follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics.

Due to the current situation, water bottles need to be filled before the children come to school, as we are trying to minimise movement around school.

Expectations in Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage, we expect children to start developing their independence. When circumstances allow and children begin to get changed in school, we ask that children are able to dress themselves, including doing their own shirt buttons (not their top button - these can be tricky!), putting on skirts and trousers, putting on their own tights/socks and shoes.

In the dinner hall, we encourage all children to pick up and use a knife and fork correctly, as we feel that this is an important life skill.

Children are expected to go to the toilet independently. Spare clothes will be provided if an accident should happen.

Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. We ask under the current circumstances that these be filled before coming into school to minimise movement around the school.

Children may keep their snack in their tray which is their own responsibility to get at playtime. Alternatively, they may order toast and juice at the beginning of each week from the kitchen.

Our Foundation Stage Environment

Tapestry

In Foundation Stage, we record your child's learning journey using the online learning journal, Tapestry. We ask that parents upload photos to Tapestry that support their child's learning development, at least twice a week. Please see the document below for further information.

Start and End of the day

Due to the current circumstances, Foundation Stage children are asked to arrive at school for 8:45 and are to enter school through the gate near Woolston Hall (by Woolston Hub) when directed to do so by a member of staff. We ask that after your child's first day, only one parent is to bring and collect your child, maintaining a 1m distance where possible. We ask that parents exit the school grounds as soon as possible after dropping off and picking up their child. Children will finish the school day at 3:05 and are to be collected promptly from the EYFS side classroom door, again, exiting school via the gate near Woolston Hall immediately to minimise contact.

Weekly Timetable

P.E. will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday. We ask that the children come to school in their P.E. kits on these days.

Below is an example of a timetable for a week in Foundation Stage. It may change from week-to-week, but the same areas of learning are covered each week.

English

In Foundation Stage, English comes under the title 'Literacy' in our Early Learning Goals (E.L.G.) which has two strands, Reading and Writing. This encompasses writing, reading and phonics. Each week, the children will take part in a focused writing activity with an adult. In addition to this, children have weekly challenges to complete independently which enable them to apply what they are learning.

Every day the children are delivered a phonics lesson, where we follow the Government advised Letters and Sounds scheme. In the Reception class we focus on the Phase 2 and 3 phonemes (sounds). There is usually a phonics challenge and a writing challenge each week.

Children take part in a small group Guided Reading session twice per week. This usually commences after the Autumn halfterm, as this gives the children a chance to settle in to their daily routine at St. Peter's.

Each week your child will take home 3 reading books:

  1. Phonics Phased Book - This book is matched to your child’s individual phonics level. Your child’s teacher makes continuous phonics assessments based on their reading throughout the year, these assessments will inform your child’s phase level. All words contained within this book should be decodable for your child.
  2. Reading Skills Book - This book will contain mostly decodable words for your child, however there will be key words from higher phases. This book will expose children to a wider range of vocabulary and spelling patterns.
  3. Reading for Pleasure Book - This book is chosen by your child from their class library. It is a book for children and parents to share together. The aim of this book is to promote a love of reading.

This will start in the first Autumn half term.

Please see the Development Matters documents below for further information on what the children are expected to know to reach their E.L.G.

Maths

In Foundation Stage, the Mathematics E.L.G. has two strands, Number and Shape, Space and Measure. Every day the children have a class Mathematics lesson and each week the children take part in at least one focused Mathematics activity with an adult and this is usually very practical in the Autumn term. We follow the White Rose scheme of work to provide consistency with the rest of the school.

Please see the Development Matters document below for further information on what the children are expected to know to reach their E.L.G.

Homework

Homework begins in the Autumn Term. It is given out on a Friday and is to be returned no later than Tuesday of the following week. The first homework that we give out each year is letter formation based on the phonemes that we have been learning that week. As the year progresses out homework can be Mathematics or Topic relate. In EYFS the homnework can often be very practical and in these weeks we ask that you upload a photo or example of your child's work to Tapestry.

Useful Websites for Learning

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Number Blocks(1)
Hungry Little Minds(1)
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