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Welcome to the Foundation class page.

The DFE introduced a new EYFS framework this September. The areas of learning remain the same as before, these are the three prime areas of learning:

Communication and Language;

Physical Development; and 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The four specific areas of learning are:

Literacy;

Mathematics;

Understanding the World; and 

Expressive Arts and Design.

Further information can be found on the government website

https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

 

The Early Learning Goals;

 

Communication and Language

      ELG: Listening, Attention and Understanding

      Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions;

  • -  Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding;

  • -  Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.

    ELG: Speaking

    Children at the expected level of development will:

    -  Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;
  • -  Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate;
  • -  Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

     ELG: Self-Regulation

     Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly;

  • -  Set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate;

  • -  Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

    ELG: Managing Self

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge;

  • -  Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly;

  • -  Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.

    ELG: Building Relationships

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others;

  • -  Form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers;

  • -  Show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs.

Physical Development

      ELG: Gross Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

  • -  Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;

  • -  Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

     ELG: Fine Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;

  • -  Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;

  • -  Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

 

Literacy

       ELG: Comprehension

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary;

  • -  Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories;

  • -  Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.

    ELG: Word Reading

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs;

  • -  Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending;

  • -  Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.

    ELG: Writing

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;

  • -  Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters;

  • -  Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

 

Mathematics
       ELG: Number

Children at the expected level of development will:

     - Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;

  • -  Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;

  • -  Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

    ELG: Numerical Patterns

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;

  • -  Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;

  • -  Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

 

Understanding the World

        ELG: Past and Present

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;

  • -  Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;

  • -  Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

    ELG: People, Culture and Communities

    Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps;
  • -  Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • -  Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps.
  • ELG: The Natural World,
  • Children at the expected level of development will:
  • - Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants;
  •  -  Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on

       their experiences and what has been read in class;

  • -  Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

       ELG: Creating with Materials

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;

  • -  Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

  • -  Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

    ELG: Being Imaginative and Expressive

    Children at the expected level of development will:

     -  Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher;
  • -  Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
  • - Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.

September letter to parents:

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to Foundation at the start of your child’s St.Andrew’s C of E Primary School  journey.  We are all looking forward to the year ahead.

Please could we ask you to fill in and return your Foundation Passport if you have not done so already as it helps us to get to know your child better.

Please make sure any school uniform is named - it can be so difficult matching 30 jumpers to their owners when they are all the same size and colour! 

Each child should bring to school a named, water bottle each day and we recommend that you purchase a blue book bag from the office to transport reading books, letters etc. 

For phonics we will initially spend time developing our listening and speaking skills. Our school follows the Letters and Sounds scheme order so our first sounds will be s, a, t and p. At school we will encourage the children to tell you about each new sound and sheets will be sent home for you to complete to further their confidence. Our school website has information about phonics and reading. Later in the term the children will be bringing home two books a week and these will be changed on a weekly basis. We do encourage the children to reread books twice to develop fluency, comprehension and confidence. Please sign in the comment section once you have read with your child.

We will be having our PE session on Tuesday so please send your children into school dressed in their St.Andrew’s School PE kit, white T-shirt and navy shorts, on this day, this will start on Tuesday the 21st of September.

Could we also ask you to provide spare, named underwear and clothing for your child in their book bag so they can be changed if they have an accident.

Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child from school, we record this so all members of staff are aware.

The children will bring home a lunch selection slip on a Friday which needs to be completed and returned to school on Monday morning. The lunch choices can be found on the school website. If you send your child to school with a packed lunch we recommend a healthy lunch and we operate a no nuts policy at school due to allergies.

If your child requires any medication or has any illnesses, allergies or food intolerances please speak with us and we will ask you to complete a medication form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to any of the Foundation Team, we are greatly looking forward to the year ahead.

Best wishes,

The Foundation Team, Mrs Wills, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Linzell


 

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