Welcome to Foundation!
We are very excited to be starting a new year in Foundation. Whether your child is returning to Blue Bell Hill or they are brand new to the school, the staff in Foundation are dedicated to helping your child settle quickly into school life. We will be having a Family Learning session on Thursday 14th September to give parents and carers the chance to meet with staff from the Foundation Unit and find out more about school life.
Your child will take part in several carpet sessions throughout the day. These include phonics, maths, literacy and circle time/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 year. Your child’s progress towards these Early Learning Goals will be assessed throughout the year using a range of observational methods.
When your child is not taking part in a carpet session, they will be given time to explore and play in the unit, during continuous provision. 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, such as labelling the parts of the body associated with different senses and writing captions about our families. We will investigate how we are similar and how we are different, and will think about different feelings and emotions that we might experience. We will use a range of stories to help us explore these themes.
The children will be introduced to our four school captains: Captain Resourceful, Captain Reciprocal, Captain Reflective and Captain Resilience. After exploring how each superhero helps us with our learning, the children will choose which captain that they would like to be more like and will set 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.
We believe it is very important for you to read at home with your child. Your child will bring home two 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 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 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.’
Your child will take part in a PE session at least once a week. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school every day. All items of clothing should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. It is also recommended that your child brings a bottle of water into school each day. We would also love to receive lots of ‘Wow Moment’ slips to let us know what your child is achieving at home. The slips are for you to complete and are available at your child’s carpet area. These are designed to capture when your child reaches a target or does something truly amazing. Please return completed slips to a member of the Foundation staff.