Welcome to Foundation Stage!
If your child joins in the Reception years…
Children are welcomed into our really playful learning environment as they settle into their first formal school year. Activities are planned to stimulate the children’s interests and build on their developmental needs across the foundation stage curriculum.
The children are exposed to a vast array of purposeful learning experiences. They have many opportunities to develop their own ideas and imagination in our extensive indoor and outdoor areas, with lots of wonderful things to explore. In Upper Foundation Stage, children are given the opportunity to be artists, explorers, encouragers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, athletes, actors, team players, problem solvers, designers, environmentalists, motivators and achievers (to name a few).
It is in this year that children start to become confident readers and writers as they apply their phonics knowledge into their everyday routine. Through meaningful opportunities, children solve a range of problems by applying their ever growing mathematical knowledge which is stimulated in this experiential environment. Through these opportunities, children are praised and encouraged to utilise an array of invaluable life-long learning skills that they take on their journey throughout education.
How You Can Contribute to Your Child's Learning
Please don't hesitate to speak to your child's teacher if you would like more information about how to support your child at home or contribute to their learning.
Home Learning Stars are a great way for you to let the adults that work with your children know about the learning your child is doing at home and make wonderful contributions to your child’s learning journey. We know how much learning goes on at home and love to hear all about it- after all, parents are a child's first teachers! All Home Learning Stars are shared with the class and displayed on the WOW Board. Please help yourself to additional sheets in the classroom at any time. Additionally, stars are a brilliant way for you to give the class teacher valuable information to add to your child’s assessments. Stars can be returned to the star basket labelled ‘Returned Home Stars’ at any time. Stars are also available on the website to download below and can be emailed to your child’s class teacher along with any photos to one of the email addresses below.
Miss Parker: email@example.com
Miss Bilas: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we have been looking at patterns in maths, in phonics we have learnt the sounds er, ure, air, ear and oi, diggers in our topic, Red 2 had their 1st class assembly and the sun came out - a brilliant week all round!
Continuing our 'Can We Fix It?' topic this week has been all about bridges - We have thought about what makes a good bridge - why porridge is "a really silly idea for a bridge Miss P!!!!"
We have thought about why bridges need to be strong, what they are used for and how we can design, construct and test our own bridges.
In phonics the children have learnt the digraphs oo, ow, or, ur and ar - the children have done a great job of using these in their writing throughout the week.
All this and PE, library time, buddy visits, assemblies, guided reading and lots more - ask your children what they have been up to.
Don’t forget - home learning stars are a huge part of your children's learning journey, we have sent some home today, we look forward to finding out all the amazing things your children have done at home.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to all our UFS children, families and friends.
We have a very exciting term planned starting with our new topic "Can We Fix It?"
stunning starter on Monday where the children emerged themselves in a day of design, construction, team work and fun creating some fantastic structures and fascinating creations! Keep checking back to see photos, work, ideas and comments from your children - please ask them what they have been learning and keep the home learning stars coming, these are a huge part of your children learning journeys too, thank you.
Merry Christmas from everyone in UFS
We have had a fantastic first term - especially our forest school yesterday. Enjoy the holidays, have a very merry Christmas and we will see you all next year on Monday 8th January 2018!
We had a brilliant day, the kids were amazing, the animals were fascinating and the weather was glorious.
The zoo taught us about reptiles, mammals and birds, what they are, how they are different and what special characteristics they have. We also saw feeding of Meerkats, Coati, and Otters, even Santa's reindeer made an appearance.
It has been a brilliant six weeks, the children have been amazing and hope they have a great half term holiday.
There has been so much happening this term and the children have grown so much already.
Enjoy the brief recap of our 1st half term in the pictures below (lots more pictures if you scroll down) and we look forward to sharing learning journeys with you at parents evening.
What a ROARSOME week!
We have continued our journey with the dinosaurs this week. Our prehistoric companions have been part of our phonics, maths, reading, movement, construction, design, creativity and so much more!
The children have shown fantastic perseverance in their learning this week, with all their effort resulting in some fantastic ideas, writing, pictures, creations, group work, counting, number recognition and phonics.
Also this week we have started phonics sessions in smaller groups, the children have had their fist school photo and had the chance to exchange library books (this will happen every Thursday - remember to send in your child's library book each week).
Enjoy these pictures - there will be many more in your child learning journey to go alongside the home learning starts you send in from home which we share with our classes every day. (you can get spare copies from the classroom, the office or download them from the top of this page).
See you all next week.
This week we have been exploring and learning through the exciting world of dinosaurs. We have been... Designers creating a world for our dinosaurs to live in, then using our outdoor construction materials to build them. We have been investigators, measuring a range of dinosaurs using big and small cubes. There has been the opportunity to explore capacity through water tray play, mud kitchen activities and whole group maths. Phonics continues on a daily basis with the phase 2 sounds s, a, t, i, p, n learnt in whole group sessions and reinforced through play, phonics bingo, sound washing lines, writing story books, and playdoh! Plus so much more........
Crazy Creatures... A special guest!
Today the children were treated to a visit from Rocky the tortoise. He was a fantastic guest, he took his time (lots of it) to walk around and met all the children who were keen to ask questions about Rocky and give him a stroke.
The children were fantastic, asking very good questions such as
"What food does he eat?"
"Can he climb trees?"
"how long does he sleep for?"
Alongside our special guest the children explored the activities both inside and outside the classrooms designed to encourage exploration, physical development, phonic knowledge, creativity, communication and much much more.
Enjoy the pictures and please do ask if you have any questions about your child's time in school.
Welcome to Upper Foundation Stage 2017/18!
What an exciting week we have had. We have loved welcoming all the children into Red 1 and Red 2 and have been bowled over by their enthusiasm for our Crazy Creatures topic.
In the coming weeks we will be adding lots of pictures of the children's learning to this page, so please keep checking back so you can share in their learning.
Wow - What an amazing year!
It has been an absolutely amazing year with Red 1 & Red 2. The children have all worked so hard this year and we are so proud of how far they have come.
This last week has been so much fun, especially our Pirate Forest School fantastic finish where the children showed us just how much they have grown, they respected the environment, looked after each other and themselves in keeping with our forest school ethos.
Enjoy the pictures and good luck to all your children in year 1
Best Of British Week!
Wow! We are so, so proud of the children - what superstars they were on stage this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the performance as much as the children did.
In the week leading up to our fantastic finish today we have made scones, cucumber sandwiches, thought about what it is to be British, looked at what makes up Great Britain, played some tennis and cricket, written rules, built famous landmarks, voted for our favourite British meals, had tea parties, we even had time for phonics, some PE practice, our first whole class writing activity and learned our awesome dance.... a brilliant week all round.
This week we have been exploring salty seas through Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. The children have been creating their own story books with very creative reasons why Tiddler was late for school, they have been searching for phonics in an undersea garden, continuing to strengthen the muscles for fine motor skills with nuts, bolts and screwdrivers to maintain the undersea vehicles. The children have been exploring their creative side, painting repeating patterns with celery and thoroughly enjoying exploring sounds of the sea with a range of musical instruments before designing and constructing their own instruments. Phonics continues on a daily basis, children are learning through adult led sessions, applying this knowledge in independent activities and during guided reading sessions.
We have been so impressed with the children this week!
Have a great weekend,
The UFS Team
Welcome back - we hope you had a fantastic Easter.
Our new topic is Salty Seas! We will be exploring all things aquatic, learning through play and exploration, of course we will be continuing our phonics, next steps and guided reading too - keep checking back for updates.
Here is some of our learning so far.....
We have been very busy bees lately.....
As we continue our topic of super heroes we have started thinking about our own bodies and how we need to look after them to keep ourselves super fit and healthy. We have thought about our skeletons, our hearts and lungs - including a visit from a Cystic Fibrosis Nurse - Nurse Whitton - who taught us all about our lungs and why they may not always work properly and how we can look after ourselves.
We have also been testing our super jumping skills, out of this world turn taking, fantastic sharing, improving our agility with pencil rolls, forward rolls and teddy rolls.
We hope your enjoy the photos as much as we have enjoyed the activities.
We will huff, and we will puff and we will blow you away........
with the amazing learning the children have done this week!
We have continued to explore goodies and baddies through the Three Little Pigs. The children have designed and built houses of spaghetti straw, created blue and purple and gold houses of brick prints, recalled the story and written and drawn some beautiful story maps, exhibiting the amazing developments in phonics and handwriting the children have made.
We have enjoyed the lovely weather and played in our outdoor area and on the adventure playground too!
This week’s trigraphs were air (like in chair) an ure (like in manure) and on Friday we were very luck to be visited by a real life hero Nicole, a veterinary nurse, who taught us how to look after our pets, fix a broken leg and think about the similarities between us and animals.
What an exciting week - there has been phonics, frogs, fancy dress and families!
The beginning of the week saw your children exploring new a digraph and trigraph in phonics (oi and ear) and lots of tricky words practice whilst investigating everyday heroes, specifically the police this week. There was role play, writing opportunities, traffic control in our outdoor area, investigations into missing objects and more.
Thursday was World Book Day -and your children looked absolutely amazing - thank you so much for all the effort put into costumes, this really ignited the children's enthusiasm to talk about our favourite stories and explore some new ones too.
Friday was Equality & Diversity Day where we talked about how each and everyone of the children are unique and special, how diverse our families are and shared some lovely stories which encouraged the children to think about the wider world.
What an exciting week back......
This week we are exploring everyday heroes and looking at 2D and 3D shapes in maths! It is very exciting learning with new role play areas, shape hunts around school, maths and literacy challenges and lots of opportunities to develop our phonics and numeracy skills through, games, focus groups and individual activities.
The children are growing in so many ways we are so proud of them all, we know this is the same at home too, please remember to tell us about all the children’s wonderful achievements at home on learning starts which you can download from above.
We are very excited as this week we are exploring goodies and baddies through Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson!
Here are some pictures from our learning so far - we cant wait to share more with you at the Learning Journey Afternoon on Thursday 8th February at 2.30pm.
Well done to Red 1 a fantastic first assembly today - we are so proud of you all.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who were at today's performance.
These are a few of the children's thoughts.....
"It was cool"
"I liked it, I liked being on stage, I liked a cup of tea and a biscuit"
"I remembered my words"
"I was brave"
"I saw my mummy"
"I liked them clapping"
This weeks theme is.... SUPERTATO!
Continuing our topic of goodies and baddies this week our learning will be centred around the stories of supertato! we have started our week designing traps for the evil Pea, creating a team of Super Veggies, honing our super cutting skills by creating masks, strengthening our counting and motor skills selecting mini magic beans with tweezers and so much more. This week in maths we are focusing on one more and one less - see how many ways you can find to build this superpower at home. Take a look at our pictures (keep checking back we will add more throughout the week)......
This week we are exploring our topic of goodies and baddies through superheroes. The children of Red 1 and Red 2 have been immersed in activities to encourage and develop all of our early learning goals, we are drawing, painting, building, counting, designing, writing, sharing, climbing, flying, strengthening, mixing, selecting, playing, enjoying and more..... we hope you like the pictures of the children's super learning.
Jack & The Beanstalk Continues....
This week we are continuing with our learning based around Jack & The Beanstalk. The children have had a great time exploring phonics, counting, sharing, role playing, constructing, drawing, painting and those are just a few of today's choices for our busy bees.
Our 1st Library Trip
The red classes enjoyed a very special visit to the new school library today. The children were lucky to be the very first classes to explore our wonderful library filled with hundreds of brilliant books to take home and enjoy.
After choosing a book, the children (with a little help) used the computer to scan out the book which is theirs to enjoy for a week. We even had time for the children to enjoy the UFS team reading some exciting stories - we all had a fantastic time, these are just a few of the wonderful comments the children made...
"We are so lucky"
"There are so many books I can't choose, can I have ten?"
"Please can we come again tomorrow?"
Your child has borrowed their 1st book today, library books will be changed on a Thursday - please remember to return the library book every week so your child can borrow another exciting title!
Our Stunning Starter.... Jack & The Beanstalk
The children of Red 1 & Red 2 were amazed to find that a magic beanstalk had grown in our outdoor area..... giant foot prints were found and a note asking the children if they had seen a magical goose that lays golden eggs. After asking fantastic investigative questions the children took part in Jack and the Beanstalk themed activities applying and developing the skills the children learnt last term to design and build beanstalks, plan and construct Lego castles and recount the story on individual story maps. The coming weeks will see us exploring Jack and The Beanstalk further, don't forget to ask your children about their learning and keep checking back for photos and updates.
Marks Ark Visit - 13.12.16
Today the children were amazing ambassadors for our school when 'Mark's Ark' visited with some very exciting of animals. The children learnt about the snake, Barn Owl, lizard, bird-eating spider and Thorny Devil Stick Insect, from habitats and evolution to the special features of the animals to ensure their survival. We even had the opportunity to handle some of the animals too!
Animal Friends - Our Second Topic!
For our stunning start, the children pretended to be Percy the Park Keeper in the story 'After the Storm' They did all of his jobs and have looked after the animals that lost their homes in the storm. The children also went on an animal hunt aroun the outdoor area and used their phonics to list all of the animals they saw in Percy's park. They saw lots!
The children have made sure the animals are back to full health in the vets and have been writing down their symptoms and treatments on their medical forms.
In the third week, the children made delicious Gruffalo Crumble in the kitchens, they got to measure the ingredients and safely chop and prepare the ingredients. It tasted amazing and we are sure the Gruffalo and the animals in his forest will love his portion too.
In Red classes the children have been learning to use the iPads safely and remain on safe apps. The children learnt how to use the glow draw app to create pictures and practise letter formation. Smartie the penguin taught us how to be safe if our iPad displays messages we are unsure about or is open on an app that we shouldn’t be using. We learnt a rap to help us remember…
Before you tap and click…
You need to stop and think…
And TELL someome!
We can now use the iPads safely in class to support our learning in lots of different areas of the early years curriculum.
Vroom, Chug, Neeeow!
The children have really enjoyed their child led topic 'Vroom, Chug, Neeeow!'. For their stunning start, the children role played and created working car wash. They used money to pay for the car wash and made sure all of the cars were sparkling by working as a team to wash and scrub them. On the school mini bus, the children sang transport songs, paid for their tickets and practised using the seat belts.
During the topic the children have learnt about lots of transport and explored the themes in lots of purposeful ways. Here are just some of the activities the children have been up to in their classes;
This half term the children have chosen to focus on 'The Farm'.
We have started our topic off with thinking about chicks and the life cycle of chickens. We have been lucky enough to have some baby chicks in class with us for the day. This has inspired us to draw, write and ask questions. We talked about how they would be feeling in our classroom compared to how they would feel at home.
We are very excited about the rest of our topic. We will be finding out facts about what animals live on the farm and their uses on the farm. We will be looking at where some of our food comes from. Then to finish our topic we will be visiting a real working local farm
Red 1 and Red 2 have thrown themselves into the Pirate topic. We enjoyed dressing up and talking like Pirates to start our topic. We have been developing our language skills with story telling and singing sea shanty songs. We wanted to practice our story writing so have had the opportunity to write our own story books. We used pirate film clips to inspire us.
We have also been designing our own pirate ship with a variety of equipment. We really enjoyed using the Numicon.
This also helped us with our maths skills. We could use the Numicon for practicing our counting and developing our addition and subtraction skills. We have also been counting our treasure and using our money skills. We will be moving on to making our own treasure hunts and designing maps for our buddies.
In Red 1 and Red 2 we enjoyed our Jungle adventures. We learnt lots of facts and information about the animals you find in the Jungle. We listened to and shared Jungle stories and we watched information documentaries. We used what we learnt in our play. We created animal habitats using small construction for animals and we used large equipment outside and pretended to be the animals ourselves. We looked at how animals grow from babies to adults and the changes that happen to them. We also talked about how the Jungle was very different to Callington.
Finding out about other lifestyles.
In Red One and Red Two we looked at the Pakistani community in Southall. We talked about the different foods that they like to eat. In the kitchens the children made flat bread and curry alongside a lemon drink called Nimbu Pani. We also looked at and compared the flag from Pakistan to our Union Flag.
For this term's "Stunning Start" Red One and Red Two explored the new school buses to start off our transport topic.
In the classroom we made tickets for our trip and maps for the journey. We wrote about what we saw on the bus. Now we are going to look at other ways that we can travel around the world!
We learnt about how to keep safe online for this day. We looked at all of the games we played on our tablets, computers and parent's phones. We decided that to be safe you should always have and adult with you when you play these games who knows which game you are playing. We also learnt, if something we are unsure about pops up- we tell an adult.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Have a look at all of the fantastic learning we have been doing as part of our winter based topic....
Initial Parents' Meeting Letter
We hope you all had a wonderful summer!
Daily Routine for the Children
8:40am Doors to the foundation classes open (children are supervised from this point onwards so please ensure children are not dropped off before this point). Please enter the classroom through the toilet/cloakroom door which is underneath the red canopy. When children arrive into the classroom they place their bag, coat and lunch bag on their cloakroom peg to begin with. Once the children have done this, they will take their name tag from their peg and place it in the ‘school dinners’ or ‘packed lunch’ pots in the classroom. School meals are FREE for children in Key Stage One so your child is entitled to a free school meal every day.
Book bags will need to be placed in your child’s named tray. Coats and bags will need to be placed on your child’s named peg and anything else can be placed underneath their peg.
9:00am Time for the register. After this, the morning begins and the children will take part in various activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). This will be a mixture of both adult directed and child initiated learning opportunities.
12:00pm Lunch time. Children will be escorted by staff members to eat their lunch and then have supervised play in the foundation outdoor area.
12:45 – 2:50pm Afternoon session. Children will take part in further activities linked to the EYFS curriculum, in both indoor and outdoor contexts. The classrooms are free flow so the children can choose to play in any classroom they choose.
2:50pm Please wait for your child under the canopy. Children will be dismissed only to their parent or carer once the class teacher has identified them. Please make yourself and other key carers known to your child’s teacher. If your child is to be collected by another adult please inform the class teacher or the school office.
Other activities your child will take part in throughout the week/term – plan/do/review sessions, hall time, ICT time, singing with key stage one, adventure play time, cookery, forest schools, hall time and visiting the library.
Library – Your child will visit the library once a week and will be taking a book home to read and share with an adult. This book will need to be returned to the library the following week. We will notify of our designated library day, in due course.
Equipment for school: (It is highly recommended that all of this equipment is fully labelled with your child’s full name)
If you would like to purchase a Book Bag or School Jumper, you can do so by filling out the order form in your welcome pack and handing it in to the office.
Phonics helps to build firm foundations for early reading and writing. In UFS, it is the prime approach used in helping the children to access their early reading and writing. Each day, the children will participate in daily phonics sessions. To begin, we will focus on revising and consolidating the learning the children have done in Nursery (phase 1) for a week. This will be done in a range of exciting, multisensory and experiential ways. Then we will begin Phase 2. During phase 2, the children will learn a new ‘letter/grapheme’ and its corresponding sound, daily. On Fridays, the children will learn a new ‘tricky word’ and many 'High Frequency Words' to read on sight. In all contexts, we aim to provide purposeful opportunities for the children to apply their newly learnt phonics knowledge, including weekly reading sessions.
Phonics at Home
When the children begin phase 2 of phonics, we will send home daily letter/grapheme sheets where children can practise using the day’s letter sound. On Friday’s the children will be given word cards to practise reading which will include the week’s tricky word. Further details of this will be given nearer the time.
Reading at home
Reading with your child regularly at home has a remarkable effect on their progress within school. Little and often is usually the best way. You can record any reading your child does within your child’s reading record. The children will be sent home a simple reading book to begin with; this is for sharing with adults at home and can be changed whenever required (using the banded book boxes outside in the corridor). As soon as we are sure that the children have a secure grasp of their initial sounds, they can begin to read the words in the reading books they take home for them to read.
Some helpful ideas for sharing books
Can they predict what might happen next in the story? Can they tell you the main parts of the story or something about one of the characters? What did they like / dislike about the book and why? Can they draw a picture about their favourite part of the book?
Early Mathematics is taught in daily adult led sessions. During these sessions the children will gain an understanding of numbers and the number system, counting and ordering numbers, calculating (simple addition and subtraction), 2D and 3D shapes and measures (to name a few). During play based learning and every day contexts, the children will be given ample opportunity to apply this knowledge in purposeful and experiential ways.
Parental Contributions to Learning Journeys
Your contributions are vital in shedding valuable insight into your child’s learning at home. Ways in which you can contribute to your child’s learning journey are;
That’s the Upper Foundation Stage in a nutshell. We hope that this information is useful for you and your child. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher. J
During Science Day the children went to a very exciting assembly all about experimenting with bubbles, they saw the different ways they could create bubbles and the different sorts of bubbles that could be made. When back in class the children were given lots of equipment to make their own bubbles with, the children were also given the opportunity to experiment with magnets and observe and draw snails and woodlice.
Our Transport Fantastic Finish
For our Transport Fantastic Finish the children planned and made vehicles. Firstly they discussed what sort of vehicle they were going to make and what they would need to make it, then they wrote these ideas down. Once their plans were in place they carried them out and made these fantastic creations. This gave the children some great writing opportunities.
During Forest we completed lots of activities. We made forest friends, we tied our legs together and had to work as a team to make a picture out of natural resources and we went on a phonics hunt.
Take a look at some of the photos from the day!
The Great Callington Run March 2015
As you may already know, we took part in the Great Callington Run. Throughout the course of the morning, we took part in lots of fun sporting activities like wiggle board relays and skipping, in order to prepare for some running in the afternoon. In the morning, we also created banners to cheer our peers on whilst they ran. When we ran around the playground, the red classes racked up an impressive 30.1 miles between them! Have a look at the photos from the day...
Our Stunning Start March 2015
In the Red Classes, we discussed what types of things we would like to learn about for our next topic. Among lots of fabulous ideas, learning about different types of vehicles came up trumps! To start our new topic off with a bang, we made a giant car/vehicle wash using lots of materials. We planned what we would need, made signs and scrubbed vehicles until they were gleaming! This stunning start led to some great ideas when writing instructions on, 'How to Wash a Car'.
Have a look at some of the photos from that day.
For Diversity Day we read the story 'The Whisperer', this book is about two rival cat gangs who do not get on with one another. One gang was ginger and white and one gang was black and white, by the end of the book they had called a truce and were a lot happier. We decided that how you look should not stop you from being kind to one another.
During Busy Bee time we completed lots of activities surrounding the cats and the characters in the story, here are some photos from the day.
Land Ahoy Fantastic Finish!
For our fantastic finish we drew and labelled our very own treasure maps, real life obstacles and treasure to use as part of a big treasure hunt. We then let our year 4 buddies try to find the treasure, using our very carefully thought out maps. Here are some pictures of us preparing for and taking part in the big treasure hunt...
For our first topic in spring, we chose to learn about the magical and swashbuckling world of pirates. We started the topic off with a bang by having a Pirate Day. On this day, we searched for treasure, drew and labelled our own treasure maps, created pirate ship flags and much more! Here are a few pictures from the day and some other learning we did for this topic...