Foundation Stage 1

Welcome to Foundation Stage 1

Mrs Cooper – Mrs Beard – Mrs Nunn


F1@hfcps.co.uk

Please feel free to email on this email address if you have any worries, questions or concerns and we will help in anyway that we can to support you.

Hello and welcome to Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)

Hello! We hope you are all well. It was lovely to see the children back after the Christmas holiday and hear all about the different memories they have all made.

Please keep checking your child’s tapestry account as we regularly add photos to show what your child is learning throughout the day.

Journeys Spring Term

This term we will be looking at journeys and the past. We are going to be looking at how people and different things change and grow. We will look at particular animals and we will have these animals in school in order to watch them grow and change. We will also be learning about the past and the different journeys the children have been on. We are looking forward to finding out about the lives of each child and hearing about their experiences.

Poetry Basket:

Last half term we learnt lots of new, exciting poems including ‘Chop, chop, leaves are falling and wise old owl.’ This half term we are going to be learning lots of new poems from ‘The Poetry Basket’ including ‘I can build a snowman, popcorn, a little house and carrot nose.’

See if your child can remember the different words to these poems. The children really enjoy taking part in these throughout the week listening to and copying them.

Poetry Basket includes thirty-six videos containing poems with actions for children aged 3 to 6. Performed by MakeBelieve Arts Artistic Director Trisha Lee, these poems include many lesser-known children’s rhymes from anonymous authors.

“If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart, by the time they are four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they are eight.” Mem Fox – Reading Magic.

Phonics

In phonics we are beginning to listen to and look for different sounds – environmental sounds, musical instrument sounds etc. The children are becoming more confident and are beginning to recognise these sounds and will now copy them.

We also spend a lot of time learning and singing different nursery rhymes and the children enjoy performing these outside in the music area and at the end of each session.

This half term we are going to be teaching the children how to blend different sounds together e.g. if you say c a t your child will be able to find the cat object and say cat. We will be using simple cvc objects such as cat, dog, hat, pig, bag etc.

We are also going to being to learn about rhyme and rhyming words such as cat / bat / hat. The children enjoy listening to the different words to see if they sound the same.

This website is really good for playing different games with your child and includes the different phases of learning.

Username:march20 Password: home

Maths

We are trying really hard to encourage the children to count confidently up to at least 10 and beyond. Every day we count how many children are present and are always encouraging the children to count during the day when they are taking part in the different activities. Please try and encourage your child to count at home e.g. when walking up the stairs to bed, or counting how many segments of orange they have etc. We are also going to be beginning to learn to recognise the different numbers up to 5. Please try and continue this at home by finding numbers in books, on remote controls, outside when walking etc. You will be amazed how quickly the children will learn to recognise the differnet numbers.

Daily Calendar:

Every day we do our Daily calendar where we learn and sing the days of the week song and we work out what the date it is by counting on one more from the previous day. We encourage the children to talk about the weather and which season we are in. The children enjoy doing this activity every day and are excellent at remembering the different days!

This is a great resource with tutorial videos and activities for Maths. It allows you to watch simple videos and take part in several activities that will help develop your child’s mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

Please register your child onto this fantastic website and enjoy taking part in the activities. If you haven’t received the details or are experiencing any problems getting started then please let me know.

Each week new tasks will be set. There are helpful videos for you and your child to watch together. Your child will receive progress points and certificates for taking part in the different activities.

There are also some fun games on Top Marks to help learning to count and don’t forget to keep watching Number Blocks

Reading at Home

Top Ten Storytimes to Enjoy

This collection of our top 10 tales, often read by the author, are suitable for 3-7-year olds (though older children may enjoy them too). The book covers are include so children can see and CHOOSE what they’d like. Reading for pleasure is about engaging with books or any texts that interest you, so children’s choice is key.

https://holyfamilyworksop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Top-Ten-Storytimes-to-Enjoy.pdf

Digital Favourites to Enjoy

Download a copy of digital favourites, with visuals so children can CHOOSE! The collection includes stories, poetry, comics, information books and magazines and so something to tempt every reader. The visuals are key to fostering motivation, so do pass on.

https://holyfamilyworksop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Top_Ten_Digital_Books.pdf

Physical Development / Calming down time.

Why not try yoga with your child to help them to calm down but also to get exercise too. It is a little website called Cosmic Kids yoga and it has several types of yoga based on different stories. For example, The Hungry Caterpillar, Room on a Broom, Frozen. See which story you and your child like the best.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Or

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz – Andy’s Wild Adventures.

Once a week we go into the hall to take part in different activities for example, moving rhythmically, singing nursery rhymes, exploring musical instruments and exploring the parachute. Look out for the different pictures which will be posted on here and on tapestry.

Speak to you again soon take care.

Mrs Cooper x

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