The foundation stage unit caters for children aged 3-5 and is broken up into two rooms, Red & Yellow. Our Yellow Room teachers are Miss O’Sullivan and Mrs Murphy and our Red Room teacher is Mrs Wealleans.
Each room is a mixture of nursery and reception children who are welcomed into a happy and settled atmosphere where they feel safe and secure. We operate an ‘open door’ policy which means you can come in and speak with the staff anytime-no appointments are needed!
We want you to share your child’s interests with us and we prefer you to share any worries you may have with us. We understand that starting nursery and reception is a big step for parents as well as children and we are here to support you during this transition.
We aim to develop the’ whole child’ through following the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the areas of which include Personal, social, emotional development, Communication and Language, Physical development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive art and design.
We aim to help each child reach their potential by meeting their individual needs and following their interests.
Read, Write, Inc homework is sent home Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
What we Teach
In reception literacy, we use the Read, write, Inc programme to teach children to recognise sounds in words, blend them together for reading and segment them for writing while nursery children begin to develop listening skills and experience a wide range of rhymes, books and stories to encourage the development off language.
Maths – Children develop a basic understanding of number, shape, space and measures through a variety of practical activities and their own investigation.
R.E. We follow the R.E. programme called The Way the Truth and the Life and learn about the life of Jesus and God’s Family. We also learn about some other cultures and celebrations as well as having sessions with the school chaplain.
Our children learn about other areas of the curriculum through a wide range of experiences such as cooking ( bread, scones, cakes, melting chocolate, pancakes, stir-fry, etc.) planting, exploring the outdoor area looking for mini-beasts, freezing and melting and seasonal changes. They also learn about ‘People who help us’. They experiment with colour mixing and various techniques of applying colour as well as looking at the work of other artists.
- P.E. is on Fridays and children should bring a white T-shirt, black shorts and black plimsolls all with their name on.
- Homework – Reception children take home a library book and school reading book on Mondays to keep until the following Monday.
- It is helpful to encourage your child to be independent and able to look after their belongings, dress themselves for PE. and outdoor play and look after their belongings.
- Every week we put a Preview on the classroom windows to inform parents of next week’s focus.
A Typical Day
- 8.55am- Children are welcomed and put coats and bags in the cloakrooms and packed lunches in the box then they self-register by sticking their photo on the wall.
- 9.00am -Children sit down for a welcome, prayer, registration and a story. They then go and work on child-initiated tasks.
- 10.00am -Group time – separate groups for nursery and reception children.
- 10.30am. -Doors are opened for child-initiated outdoor or indoor tasks.
- 11.30am- Group time – separate groups
- 12.00 noon – Morning nursery children go home for lunch, all day children go with a member of staff to the Red Room for lunch (packed lunch or school dinner). Reception children go for dinner in the hall and play out in the main playground.
- 12.30pm- Afternoon nursery children arrive and play.
- 1.10pm – Reception children arrive back from dinner and we have group time for both groups separately.
- 1.30pm. child-initiated activities.
- 2.00pm –Group time – separate groups
- 2.30pm- Outdoor/indoor child-initiated activities.
- 3.15pm – Group time for all children – story.
- 3.30 – Home time.