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Foundation Stage

FAQS from parents

  1. How is the day structured at school so we can use that structure at home so it isn't a big shock when they return to school?   

    You may find this BBC article useful

    Coronavirus: How to help kids cope with life without school https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51959957

    Very briefly we start with 5/10 minutes whole class phonics, then either maths or literacy input. Before lunch we do about 20 minutes Letters and Sounds. After lunch is reading time and before home time is story time. As you know a lot of Foundation is learning through play where we follow the child’s lead in their learning.. 

  2. How do I submit notes and pictures through Evidence Me? 

To add an observation go to the home screen, click the + sign and upload an image  To add notes you have to scroll down. It doesn’t let you add notes in the top notes section (greyed out for teachers), but lower down there is a parent comments section which you can type in. If the teacher responds to the observation their comments show up in the notes section above the parent comment.

If you have any general questions please contact the school office by email and we can then add more information to this page.

Phonics:

On Phonics Play (now free to all)  you can find the Phase 4 resources that the children like playing at school e.g. Flash Card Speed Trial for learning the phonemes and Tricky Word Trucks for sightreading high frequency words. Any of these resources are appropriate - most of the chlidren were on Phase 4 week 2 at school.

Education City - also has Letters and Sounds Resources under subjects/english/f2/ - again any of the Phase 3/4 resources are appropriate. Your child has an individual log-in for this website, please contact the school office if you haven't got this log-in.

You should also now have a parent log in for Discovery Education Espresso - the children particularly enjoy the Scrap, Polly andKim's  Phonics videos and activities.

We recently sent home the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sound mat with some suggested games to play with this. This is also on our Foundation Stage Class Page  if you haven't got a  paper copy.

Also look at the Phonics page (About Us tab, Curriculum) particularly for a video reminding you how to use the soft sounds with your child mmm not muh!

Ask your child to be the phonics teacher!

Unplugged Phonics ideas:-

https://livingmontessorinow.com/20-outdoor-phonics-activities/  lots of great ideas for phonics in the garden.

https://theimaginationtree.com/tag/phonics/  I really liked the Aphabet Rocks Construction Site activity.

Reading:

Keep your child sounding out and blending the words in their guided reading books, home readers and any other books they have at home. Keep reading with your child, have a look at the Words for Life website for helpful tips. Also the Book Trust website for some fun reading ideas at home

On Purple Mash you can access Serial Mash which are e-readers however they are generally aimed above Foundation level but there may be stories you can read together. Your child has an individual log-in for Purple Mash - please contact the school office if you haven't got your chid's log-in.

On the Oxford Owl website - there are also e-readers here for ages from 3 up - you will recognise a lot of them from the paper copies we have at school. You need to register as a parent for access to these onine books.

Your child should also have their High Frequency words to learn to sightread  either in a word pot or a red book. Once they have mastered those you can move them on to the next four words from the list on the Foundation Class Page..

Stories to Listen Along to

Writing

All of our children are at different stages of their writing journey - it is likely your child has one of the following writing targets:-

  • writing the initial sound for a word
  • writing simple cvc words eg bus, chat, sheep
  • writing a simple sentence
  • spelling high frequency words correctly and other words in a phonetically plausible way e.g. I went to the park and ran veree farst down the hill.
  • remembering finger spaces
  • adding connectives and describing words into their sentences.

Your child may already have a red Spelling book but there is also a document on the Foundation Class Page detailing a list of high frequency words to be spelt correctly and you might pick a few of these each week for them to learn. 

Handwriting - there is also handwriting resources on the website with the different families of letters e.g. ladder letters, curly caterpillar letters and worksheets that go alongside these.

Purple Mash has a lot of activities where children can draw a picture and then write a sentence underneath. 

Write with a purpose! Ask your child to write a list of things you need to get from the shops, a note to a self-isolating relative that you can post or photograph and email.

Maths:

As with writing, all of our children are at different stages of their maths learning - it is likely your child has one of the following number targets:-

  • recognising numbers to 10
  • recognising numbers to 20
  • putting the numbers from 0-20 in order
  • saying one more and one less for any number between 1 and 20
  • adding single digit numbers using objects
  • subtracting single digit numbers using objects
  • doubing, halving, sharing
  • writing numbers 0-9 correctly
  • missing number sentences
  • number bonds to 10

Make the maths practical for instance when subtracting single digit number using objects eg. if Daddy gives you 7 grapes and then takes 3 away how many have you left (let them have the seven grapes to move to work this out)

Doubling - this can be done with objects, fingers,whatever helps them learn these - up to double 5

Halving - as with doubling - half of 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2

Sharing - use objects and ask them to share 9 raisins between you, the child and a teddy

Education City again has lots of resources under subjects/maths/f2

The nrich website also has a lot of good activities and games and help for mathematical learning 

Learning through play "In the moment planning"

All the things above are "school" tasks however as you know the whole point of Foundation Stage is to learn through play:- here are just a few ideas:

Cooking - opportunities for reading recipes including numbers, weighing, doubling and halving, talking about time.

Playdough - easy to make (if you do have the ingredients) - try the Best ever playdough recipe on the Imagination Tree website.

Make and write cards for people - you can always photograph them with your phone and send them by email.

Write lists of what you can see out of the window; birds, vehicles, flowers.

Write stories together - get your chid to tell you a story and write it down then act it out together.

Junk modelling - let your child use the packaging to make whatever is in their imagination, this is useful for creativity and also for fine motor skills when cutting and sticking. Maybe they can write a sign to put next to their model saying what it is and who made it. Take a photo and then you can re-use the packaging again.

Follow their interests be it giant squid, star wars, Harry Potter or princesses. Can they create a model or draw a picture? Can they make a book about their interest? Can you help them find out more using Safesearch websites? Discovery Education Espresso has age appropriate videos and activities on a large number of topics including dinosaurs, space or people who help us

Physical Development

😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 I’m going to be the Nations PE teacher everyday Monday to Friday at 9am. Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters. Thank you 😊🙏🏼 #PEwithJoe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

https://www.keepyourchildrenactive.com/ is a website created by one of the Westende teaching assistants with ideas to encourage your children to be creative and stay active

Personal Social & Emotional Development

Harold the Giraffe from the Life Education Bus will be posting a daily blog Harold's Daily Diary starting from Monday 23rd March at 9am. Each day he'll be giving children positive, fun messages about what he's doing to stay happy and healthy while he''s off school, separated from his friends. Follow him on Twitter @coramlifeed or @coramlifeeducation on Facebook or use this link    https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/harolds-daily-diary.

Websites

Please find below a list of free recommended websites to look at with your child:

CBEEBIES https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games?page=3 particularly Numberblocks and Alphablocks

Twinkl - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years

ICT games  http://www.ictgames.com/

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

Don't forget to look at the Foundation Class page (Information and Forms, Class Pages) where you will find some useful resources for learning with your child  at home. 

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