Welcome to Foundation Stage. We are really looking forward to teaching the children and to working with you. Our topic for the first half of term is ‘All About Me’. Please see overleaf for an idea of what we will be covering. We have set out some further information below.
Homework and helping your child at home:
Every child should read aloud to an adult every day. This is by far your child’s most important homework throughout the year. Children who read at home make noticeably better progress. We will send home reading books (book bags are checked daily and books changed when necessary) which may include story books, non-fiction and phonic activity books and a reading record in which we would be grateful if you would note your child’s reading. Over the course of the week please work on all your child's books, reading and re-reading and talking about the story or information. Repeated reading will help build up your child's fluency, comprehension and confidence. If your child is reluctant to read please talk to us as we have a range of strategies that have worked well in the past at motivating children. We may also send home word or sound cards to practise with your child as appropriate.
Reading to your child is also one of the most valuable activities you can do as it builds on their story knowledge. This story knowledge improves their comprehension skills and allows them to become better writers. Reading to your child also increases their vocabulary which leads to better writing and a better understanding of what they read independently.
The children will have a daily phonics session. There will be a phonics curriculum event for parents during the first week of October when you can find out the best ways to support your child in their learning of phonics. At this event I will also give out a parent booklet containing all the sounds and other resources to help you support your child.
The maths fact knowledge expected in each year group by the end of the year is attached to this letter.
Our maths objectives this half term can be seen below:
1. Recognise some numerals of personal significance.
2. Recognises numerals 1 to 5.
3. Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.
4. Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.
5. Counts objects to 10 & beginning to count beyond 10.
6. Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.
7. Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.
8. Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects.
9. Estimates how many objects they can see & checks by counting them.
As well as helping your child with their number facts, any ‘real life’ experience will really help. Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable. Your child will benefit from counting up and back from 0-20 and beyond. Try starting at different numbers. Also practise 1 more or 1 less than numbers to 5 then 10.
Your child will be able to drink during lessons but this should be water only and should be in a non-leaky water bottle.
The children will have PE with Mr Bain on Wednesday afternoons but please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. Please do ensure that your child’s jumper and PE kit is named.
Becky Thomsett and Rachael Moore