Welcome to Foundation 1 Class
In Foundation 1 Class we encourage and support children to become confident and independent learners. We provide a rich learning environment which encourages a high degree of autonomy so that children can quickly learn to be responsible for their own learning and can plan and organise their time. We believe that children should be allowed to develop at their own pace. The needs of each child vary and we cater for them as individuals
Foundation stage is a vital part in your child’s ongoing education. A positive start to school, where a love of exploration and learning is fostered, sets children up for a positive experience as they continue their education journey. We work closely with parents and carers to develop a partnership between home and school in order to share together the importance of these early years in your child’s education.
Foundation 1 Class starts the term after your child is three and continues until they start Foundation 2 (Reception Year of primary school). We work closely with the Foundation 2 Class and share a large outside space. The Foundation Unit as a whole contains two large classrooms, a spacious outside area, a kitchen and toilets. We also benefit from having a small cosy room within Foundation 1 Class where we have our class library and reading area. This small room is also used for group work. In addition the children have the opportunity to access various spaces throughout the wider school grounds; hall, cooking room, the field and the nature garden. The nature garden is often used by us for additional outdoor learning opportunities and has a pond and woodland areas.
You may think that children are ‘just playing’ when you see young children in Foundation Stage. However, if you look more closely, you will see that a whole world of learning is happening. We carefully plan playful, purposeful activities to suit the needs and interests of the children, in order to support them and to help to move their learning forward. Young children are ‘active learners’ and the experiences that we plan enhance the all-round development of the child. We want all children to feel valued as individuals and to be successful achievers in a safe, secure, nurturing environment. Spontaneous learning opportunities are recognised and extended by the teacher as they occur. Through play, and with the support of adults in class, children explore and discover new ideas, skills and concepts.
What most children are expected to know and understand during the Foundation Stage is set out in the government’s Early Years foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). The curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning.
1. Communication and Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
6. Understanding the world
7. Expressive Arts and Design
For more information on any curriculum matters please see a member of the Foundation Team or refer to your prospectus.
Rain or shine, our outside environment is open for the children to explore. The outdoors is
The outdoors is a natural teaching and learning environment and is where most children feel settled and capable. Outdoor teaching and learning is as carefully planned, just as it is indoors. The only real difference between the indoor and outdoor curriculum is that the outdoors provides children with the opportunity to work on a much larger scale and to be more physically active.
The practitioners in Foundation 1 Class are Mrs Smethurst, Mrs Birks, Mrs Selley and Mrs Brown.
Most of all, all members of the Foundation 1 Class team, want your child to have a happy, positive and exciting experience. We want their day to be filled with purposeful play, making friendships, learning, developing and lots of fun!
Easter in Foundation 1 Class
We have had a wonderful time celebrating Easter in Foundation Class. We have done lots of exciting Easter themed activities and learnt about Easter and also all about spring. We have looked for signs of spring on our nature walks and have seen newts and frogs in the pond. The children have been planting in our garden area (please see photos below). We have also been making Easter cards and have done lots of craft activities. We made some delicious chocolate Easter nests to take home. For snack we have enjoyed traditional hot cross buns. This week we have been on Easter egg hunts, which were great fun! We hope you all enjoy the Easter holidays and have lots of fun with your families.
In Nursery we have been learning all about Spring. As part of this topic we have been learning about how plants grow. Mrs Brown has taken groups of children to the nursery Garden to dig the beds and to start to plant some seeds. We are growing flowers and some vegetables.
As part of our topic about people who help us Fi and F2 had a visit from Doctor Birks.
She talked to us about keeping healthy and how our bodies work. She showed us her uniform and some of the things she uses for her job like her stethoscope and her blood pressure band. We had chance to role play doctors in the home corner with these.
Thank you Doctor Birks we loved having a visit from you.
Ambulance Visit to F1/Nursery
We had a wonderful visit today from paramedics and first aid responders Abi and Darren. They were so kind to bring one of the Torbay ambulances to school today and to spend all morning talking to groups of children. We all got to go into the back of the ambulance and saw all of the interesting equipment that they use to help people who are poorly. Some of the children got to sit in the driver seat and put on the emergency blue flashing lights! Rifat put the lights on the first time ‘’they’re blue!’’ Abi reminded us that we should call 999 if we need an ambulance. She also said that we must never call 999 unless it is a real emergency. Abi used her radio to speak to Dougie in the control room. All of the children got to say a big hello to Dougie over the special radio. Livia said that she might like to be a paramedic when she grows up.
Thank you so much Abi and Darren!
Visit to F1 and F2 as part of our ‘People who Help Us’ topic.
Mr Thomas is our School Patrol Officer or Lollipop Man. He helps children and their parents cross the road on their way to school. He talked to us about how to cross the road really safely. We asked him lots of questions.
We really enjoyed having Mr Thomas the lollipop man and we learned a lot.
Thank you Mr Thomas!
Police Officer Matt’s visit to Nursery and F2
Matt is Esmae’s father. He came to Nursery and to F2 to talk about being a police officer as part of our ‘People Who help Us’ topic.
He told us that to be a police officer you need to be good at listening to people and communicating with them. Matt told us that he enjoyed being a police officer as "every day is different and you get to help people’’.
Matt explained all of the different parts of his uniform. The children were especially interested in Matt’s police radio.
The children in Nursery listened really well and asked some thoughtful questions. Arlo asked Matt if he had a police car. Isla said that she wants to be a 'police officer, firefighter or doctor', when she grows up because she wants to 'help people'.
We really enjoyed having Matt the police officer visit us and we learned a lot.
Thank you Matt!
Here are some photos of our Fairy Gardens ...