Welcome to FS1!
We are a class that really enjoy learning through play. We have a great classroom with lots of fun resources to help us learn. Our Foundation Stage team carefully plan teaching and learning to take account of children’s individual needs.
We are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and our activities are planned around the 7 areas of learning. We have a different topic focus each term.
We always have high expectations for good behaviour and working happily together in our unit and this is supported by our Five Finger rules
- Our Five Finger rules keep us safe and happy
- We listen to each other
- We are polite to everyone
- We always try our best
- We are kind
- We look after our environment
Here is an overview of the coming term and what we have planned for your children to enjoy!
Soon, we will be introducing some dinosaur characters to help our children to think and talk about what they are learning.
Characteristics of effective learning:
Our Achievosaurs help children become aware of the different ways we can learn and how they can use different learning styles to achieve. Giving children language to explain the skills they use when learning, and encouraging young minds to learn through mistakes and problem solving, is key to a growth mind-set.
Our children arrive at FS1 or Nursery, coming in through the red and green gate at the top of the ramp and self-register. (Parents, you are welcome to bring your children across to our carpet area to self-register.) We do some welcoming and finger gym activities and find out what the day has in store for us.
We then have some outdoor play time. We have teaching slots at 8.55, 10.15 and 11.30 which consist of Maths, Phonics, Story Time, Circle Time and PE. Each teaching slot lasts around 15 minutes.
Milk and Fruit time happens at 10.30. In between the teaching slots, children play indoors and/or outdoors and access activities that support their development in the seven areas of learning either independently or in a focussed activity with an adult. Adults observe and interact with children to assess what they are able to do, what their next steps need to be and to help them progress towards those next steps.
On Wednesdays and Fridays we have PE. FS1 children don't need to bring a PE kit, but we are starting to practise taking off and putting on our own shoes and socks, when we work indoors in the hall. Practicing this, and putting on and fastening our own coats at home, would be really useful.
We encourage our children to share books at home with an adult and reward them for doing this, when we have seen the completed reading diary each Monday, by moving them up our reading rainbow.
We use our sticker chart reward system to encourage our children to follow the rules to keep everyone happy and safe. We use time out when children choose not to follow our rules.
We store all the data that we collect about children's achievements and progress electronically, and will soon be opening these up to you to see as we add new observations. This is a joint home and school celebration of what your child has achieved. Please do support us by sending in some Magic Moments slips when it's appropriate to fill one in. (Please see the Magic Moments board and box near the cloakroom.)
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