Welcome to Foundation!
Whether your child is returning to Blue Bell Hill after the summer break or they are brand new to the school, the staff in Foundation are dedicated to helping your child settle quickly into school life.
Your child will take part in several carpet sessions throughout the day. These include phonics, guided and shared reading, maths, literacy and circle time or investigation. During these sessions, we will be working towards the Early Learning Goals, which your child will be assessed against at the end of the Reception year. Your child’s progress towards these Early Learning Goals will be assessed throughout the year using a range of observational methods. If you would like another copy of the Early Learning Goals, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
When your child is not taking part in a carpet session, they will be given independent learning time to explore and play in the unit. During this time, they can access a range of activities, both indoor and outdoor, which have been carefully planned to maximise the learning opportunities of all children in the Foundation Unit.
Our topic this half term is ‘All About Me.’ We will link our carpet sessions and continuous provision activities to the topic as much as possible. In our phonics sessions, we will be learning to recognise and write many sounds. We will be learning how to blend sounds to read and segment sounds to write. We will then be using these new skills to attempt to write labels, lists and captions in a range of contexts. These will include drawing and labelling the people that live in our houses, identifying and labelling the different parts of our bodies and exploring some ‘Funny Bones’ stories and their characters.
The children will begin to learn about our four school captains: Captain Resourceful, Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective and Captain Resilience. We will learn about how each superhero helps us with our learning and then the children will choose which captain that they would like to be more like this half term; setting their own individual target to help them achieve their goal. Every week, the staff will choose one child from each class, who has demonstrated that they are working hard towards their target, to receive the superhero certificate. The chosen child will then get to take home the class bear and diary over the weekend. If your child does bring home the class bear, please draw and write in the diary so that your child can share their ‘weekend news’ with the class when they bring the class bear back to school on the Monday.
Your child will bring home two reading books every week; one chosen by the staff for your child to read to you, and one chosen by your child for you to share with them. The children take part in guided reading, shared reading and 1-1 reading sessions throughout the week, so it is essential that book bags are in school every day. We will check reading diaries every Monday and Wednesday. If your child has read at home three or more times within the week, they will get a stamp on their reading bookmark. Once their bookmark is full, they will receive a special prize. The child who reads at home the most times within the week will be crowned the ‘Reader of the Week.’
Please ensure that all clothing and water bottles are clearly labelled with your child’s name and jewellery is not to be worn in school.