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    Foundation Stage

    Within the Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and we record and track children’s learning through observations which form part of your child’s learning journey.

    Since September 2018 this has been recorded on to iPads using a system called Tapestry. This allows staff to capture a photo, a video clip or a voice recording as well as written notes that shows your child taking part in a variety of adult led and child initiated activities. These observations from staff members are then uploaded to a secure web based learning journey to which you as a parent would also have access to.

    All data is held in encrypted form and is accessed subject to a secure log and password. The only people who can access a child’s learning journey are the relevant foundation stage staff and the child’s parents.

    During the school day children’s learning takes place in a range of situations where they will be working with a partner or in a small group. Therefore the photographs or video clips during these times will show your child alongside others.

    The Learning Projects

    Do you want to be friends?

    Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.

    This half term, we’ll take a walk around our school to find out about the adults who work there and their workspaces, taking photos as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll upload and print our photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. Working together, we’ll create friendship scenarios using Jelly Babies at the ‘Jelly Babies playground’, and we’ll create a ‘Class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends. Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree.

    At the end of the project, we’ll write a thank you letter to someone who helps us at home. We’ll also make and bake salt dough hearts to present to a loved one.

    Communication & Language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling; Health and self-care

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    People and communities; The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

    Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It’s time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.

    This half term, we’ll visit a local woodland to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, a delicious harvest soup and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends. Outside once more, we’ll observe food as it decays over time and go on a hedgerow hunt for blackberries. How will they smell and feel?

    At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to sharing time, where we’ll show you what we’ve learned about woodland animals. Then we’ll talk about the changes that occur as autumn changes into winter. Can we relate them to our memories and experiences?

    Communication and language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling; Health and self-care

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Why do ladybirds have spots?

    Incy wincy spider climbed up the waterspout! Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? It’s time to find out more about minibeasts and their habitats.

    This half term, we’ll visit a local park to carry out a minibeast safari! Magnifying glasses clutched firmly in hands, we’ll look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wriggle, crawl or fly. We’ll find out about minibeast habitats, features and colours, and compare them. Observing snails in a tank, we’ll think about how they move. Can we move like that too? We’ll also move like ants, working together to collect and carry objects to move and rebuild a structure, piece by piece. To get to know these creepy crawlies better, we’ll make and monitor a mini wormery, minibeast hotel and a butterfly garden. Can we predict what will be these minibeasts’ favourite foods? In our literacy sessions, we’ll use sequential vocabulary to retell stories, and write a story from the perspective of a spider. In our mathematics sessions, we’ll predict and count ladybird spots and compare the lengths of caterpillars made from cubes, counters and beads. Getting creative, we’ll make leaf confetti, minibeast finger puppets, and learn to waggle dance like a bee.

    At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to an assembly where we’ll share our learning with you. We’ll also make

    brightly-coloured pebble beetles and give them scientific names.

    Communication and Language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Do cows drink milk?

    Old Macdonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o! Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called? It’s time to find out more about life on the farm and the animals that live there.

    This half term, we’ll be visiting a local farm to take in the sights, sounds and smells. We’ll observe the different farm animals, crops and vehicles, and maybe even take a ride on a tractor! Back in the classroom, we’ll monitor beans as they grow, noting how they change. In our literacy lessons, we’ll make predictions about stories and try out some farmyard rhymes. We’ll create songs about the farm to sing as we shake our homemade seed shakers in time. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll use an animal ‘baa chart’ to estimate the number of popular farmyard animals, and we’ll use addition and subtraction to help Little Bo Beep count her sheep. Outside once more, we’ll take it in turns to be sheepdogs, sheep and farmers. Can we herd all of our sheep into the pen? Getting creative, we’ll use coloured play dough and clay to create farmyard scenarios, and ‘paint’ farm animals using graphics software. Then, we’ll design and make delicious flavoured breads to sell in our very own farm shop!

    At the end of the project, we’ll invite you into school to share our best bits. We’ll write funny farmyard stories and compile a letter to send to the farm we visited, explaining what we’ve learned.

    Communication and language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling; Health and self-care

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Who lives in a rock pool?

    There’s an exciting world just below the surface of the rock pool. Which creatures live near the sea? Why do crabs have shells? We’ll find out the answers to these questions and more in this project about the seashore.

    This half term, we’ll travel to the coast to visit the fascinating world of the British seashore. We’ll explore rock pools and collect ‘treasures’. Back at school, we’ll use our senses to investigate man-made and natural seashore objects, including litter. We’ll also write postcards about our visit to the seashore. Using our art skills, we’ll draw seabirds, create beach art and decorate shells. It might get messy when we explore the texture of sand and create a fantastic sand art display! We’ll listen carefully to stories and poems about the seashore. By reading non-fiction books, we’ll find out lots of interesting facts, discovering which animals live in a rock pool and what they eat. In our ‘seashore shop’, we’ll take on different roles and think about how we speak to each other. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll count jellyfish, solve problems and order shells. We’ll also measure handprints and footprints in the sand.

    At the end of the project, we’ll create a learning journal and invite you to see the things we’ve made.

    Communication and language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Are we there yet?

    Are you ready for an adventure? Where in the world could we go? How could we travel there? It’s time to discover transport, travel and places near and far!

    This half term, we’ll go on a fantastic journey and see how many forms of transport we can use, taking photographs as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll put our photographs in chronological order and add captions. Thinking about the transport we’ve taken to go on holiday, we’ll use maps to consider where we’d like to visit next. What should we pack? We’ll draw and write about imaginary journeys and make predictions about how many vehicles we will find around school. As part of our music work, we’ll accompany stories and songs about transport with music and movement. How far can inflated balloons travel? We’ll play with them to find out. In our science lessons, we’ll learn about floating and sinking by building miniature boats, and find out about friction by rolling cars down ramps. We’ll also talk with a crossing supervisor about road safety, learn about high-visibility clothing and design an incredible imaginary vehicle using a computer program.

    At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to take part in a travel and transport activity morning. We’ll display our super vehicles, answer questions about them, and create passports to document our travels.

    Communication and language

    Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

    Physical development

    Moving and handling; Health and self-care

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

    Literacy

    Reading; Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers; Shape, space and measures

    Understanding the world

    The world; Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

    Resources for Parents

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