Spring Term

Welcome Back!  We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas break. We are excited about our next learning steps in Foundation Stage, and we are going to do begin this through the theme of Emergency Vehicles – People Who Help Us.

During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to experience our fair share of unpleasant weather, it is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket with a hood and a hat and gloves for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor areas.

Children in Foundation Stage 2 need make sure they have their PE kits in school on a Tuesday and Friday for PE.  If your child is in Foundation Stage 1 please ensure you send your child into school wearing suitable clothes to take part in PE.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any concerns, questions, or celebrations regarding your child.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday & Friday – Our PE sessions.  FS2 children please make sure you have a PE kit in school in a named PE bag. 

Forest Friday – Our Forest school session in the school woods.  All waterproof suits and wellington boots are provided.

At Marlfields Foundation Stage we follow the NEW Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is split into 7 curriculum areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.

The information in this leaflet will outline some of the key skills we will be looking at during this term whilst also building on your child’s interests and experiences.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing upon working as a whole group, turn taking and building friendships. The children in FS1 will be encouraged to carryout various self-registration tasks, praising their efforts, to emphasise the significance of the process to promote their sense of belonging as well as name recognition.  The children in FS2 will be working towards explaining their own knowledge and understanding, and asking appropriate questions to become more independent learners.  We shall be developing our Personal, Social, and Emotional skills through circle times, sharing news, show and tell opportunities, and through day-to-day routines and behaviours. 

Communication and Language

We will be working hard to improve our speaking and listening skills daily through speaking and listening activities together in both our small group activities, whole class circle times, as well as on a one to one basis.   We adopt the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach in learning new stories. We will select a book with the children and then use the book to develop their listening and story-telling skills.  In FS1, we will provide the children with simple instructions throughout the day, enabling them to show their ability to follow directions independently and developing their understanding as well as their physical and verbal responses.  The children in FS2 will be aiming to develop their attention span, and responding to two part instructions through interactive games and activities. 

Physical Development

We will be using a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop children’s confidence and awareness of space using our wonderful outdoor areas.  We aim children to move freely with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, negotiating appropriate pathways when walking or running both indoors and outdoors.  We will also engage in activities requiring hand and eye co-ordination, using a variety of tools, apparatus and equipment through mark making, small world, construction etc.  We are very fortunate to have a fantastic wood area, as well as our outdoor provision.  We shall provide continuous opportunities for children to use mark-making tools such as pens and scissors as they wish, developing their fine and gross motor movements.  Within our foundation stage, we allow the children to experiment with gross motor movements for example trying out different ways of moving, balancing and landing with control. As well as fine motor movements for example, improving their pencil control to form recognisable letters and words.

Literacy

Literacy incorporates reading and writing skills in a variety of fun, exciting and sometimes messy activities!  We will be aiming to listen to and join in with stories and show an interest in the illustrations.  ‘Talk for Writing’ continues to forms a key part of our Literacy activities, where the children will use the story map to join in with stories.  FS1 children will also be developing our writing skills through children’s own mark making interests, aiming for children to give meaning to the marks they make. Towards the end of the term, we aim for children to talk activities through, reflecting on and modifying what they do.  We sing Nursery Rhymes on a daily basis, which brings in the initial recognition and enjoyment of rhyming activities and we are working on the Phase 1 phonics program.  The children in FS2 will be developing their reading skills; segmenting and blending sounds to read words.  These skills will be developed during daily phonic sessions, and a variety of independent and group reading opportunities.  We shall be encouraging more independent writing in the Spring Term through our Literacy work, where children will be attempting to write sentences in meaningful contexts.

Mathematics

In the Foundation Stage we will be practicing and using our mathematical skills in familiar contexts (e.g. role-play, construction, sand, play dough etc.) to give us meaning to numbers and counting.  This will be achieved for the children in FS1 by counting various objects as well as the daily counting of children during the register and at other times.  Maths is an important aspect of learning, it is therefore evident in all of the different areas of the classroom from construction, through to the snack area.  The children in FS2 will be developing their number recognition and formation with numbers to 10 or higher.  The children will be participating in practical activities to develop their number and place value skills; comparing numbers within 10.  Alongside developing their understanding of addition and subtraction skills; beginning with number bonds within 5, addition to 10, and moving onto number bonds to 10. 

Understanding the World

We will be building upon children’s interests and experiences, to develop their curiosity and interest of their surroundings.  We will be helping the children to show curiosity and interest in what they see and in the world in which they live.  Through imaginative and role-play with peers we aim to encourage the children to remember and talk about significant events from their own experiences.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will have the opportunity for junk modelling, mark making, construction, role-play and small world areas. Each of these areas will enable them to develop their expressive and artistic skills. This term we will positively encourage children’s creative development through a range of media experiences such as paint, clay, song, dance, music and role-play experiences.  These opportunities will build upon children’s own interests and we will be promoting the celebration of children’s work in order for them to indicate personal satisfaction in their work.  We aim for the children to explore colour and what happens when they mix colour; experiment to create different textures; manipulate and use a variety of tools and techniques; explore music and songs; and play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme through role-play situations.

Foundation Stage 1:

Here are some useful links for parent guides and ideas to help your child’s learning and development at home:

First day at Nursery

Learning through play

Child development: your 3 and 4 year old

Why should children play outside?

Potty training

Nursery Rhymes

Bedtime Stories

Foundation Stage 2:

Click on the links below for learning at home:

Numberblocks

Alphablocks

Nursery Rhymes and Songs

Click on the links below for Parent Information:

 Top Tips to help your child starting school

How to talk to your child about emotions

A guide to Phonics

How children learn through play

Learning to write 

Help your child be epic at Maths