Foundation Stage 1

Welcome

Welcome to Foundation Stage 1. We have 60 children who attend our Nursery, either for 5 morning sessions or 5 afternoon sessions. All of our learning is practical and active. Children are encouraged to develop their skills to the best of their abilities, through engaging and exciting activities. Learning often takes the lead from comments and requests made by the children themselves. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and encourage children to learn both within and outside the classroom. We have lots of fun in Nursery, and find that getting messy is the best bit – with extremely rewarding results and lots of excited, creative children!

Who’s Who?

Our children in Foundation Stage 1 are the Bouncing Bobcats.

Mrs Freeman (Key Stage Leader)

Mrs Bletcher (Class Teacher)

Mrs White (Teaching Assistant)

What we will be learning this year?

Autumn 1: Why do you love me so much?

What is special about me? How do we show that we care? We will be exploring these questions and more in our first topic about love, families, friends and how people are both the same and different. We are looking forward to inviting parents in at the end of half term to see what we have been doing.

We will be focussing on:

  • Settling into nursery
  • Expressing our own independent play preferences and exploring the things we like best
  • Exploring similarities and differences between our friends
  • Caring for ourselves and others

Autumn 2: Where does snow go?

Why does snow melt? How can we keep warm? In our second topic, we will be learning all about different seasons. We will be exploring cold weather, melting and freezing as well as ways to keep warm. We are also going to be learning about the different festivals and celebrations that happen over this time of year. We are looking forward to carving pumpkins and inviting our parents in to a ‘North Pole Party’ at the end of the year.

We will be focussing on:

  • Autumn, Winter and nature (exploring leaves falling off trees and the weather getting colder)
  • Exploring how and why people celebrate occasions
  • Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas

Spring 1: Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast?

Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast? Which food types are healthy? This half term we will be exploring different types of foods, looking at which foods are healthy and unhealthy. We will be exploring appearance, textures and tastes of different foods. We will also be exploring chocolate! We are looking forward to making fruit faces and inviting parents in to a fruit café at the end of our topic.

We will be focussing on:

  • Exploring our favourite foods
  • Exploring what other children eat around the world
  • Special foods at festivals
  • Foods that are good for you

Spring 2: How many colours in a rainbow?

How many colours are in a rainbow? What happens when you mix red and blue? This half term we will be looking at nature, along with all the different colours we can see. We will be creating a rainbow garden of our own at nursery and will also be visiting Calke Abbey to explore their natural surroundings.

We will be focussing on:

  • Spring and a new season
  • Colours in the environment
  • Making and mixing colours
  • Planting seeds and looking after our garden

Summer 1: Can I have a dog?

Can I have a dog? How could I care for it? This half term we will be learning about different animals, what they need and how we could look after them. We are looking forward to some animals coming to visit us at nursery, as well as visiting Bluebells Dairy Farm to see, touch and feed the farm animals.

We will be focussing on:

  • Farm animals
  • Caring for animals
  • A farmer’s day
  • Food we can get from animals (milk/eggs/cheese)

Summer 2: Enterprise Weeks/ Health and Fitness Weeks/Transition Weeks

There is a lot happening in the final half term of the year. We will be carrying out an enterprise project and inviting parents in to see our finished products. We will also be learning lots about healthy eating and exercise during our ‘Health and Fitness Weeks’, and inviting parents into our Nursery Sports Day. Finally, the time will come around where we are ready to move onto the next stage of our education. We will be meeting our new class teachers and getting to know them, ready for the next school year.

We will be focussing on:

  • Games/teamwork/sports
  • The body, growing and exercising
  • Fast and slow- opposites
  • Changes and new beginnings

 How to Help with Learning at Home

  1. Reading lots of different stories to your child is very important in order for them to have an interest in books, build and develop their imagination and to develop a love of reading.
  2. Encourage your child to put on and take off their own coat, gloves and hats. Please encourage children to learn how to zip up their own coat.
  3. Encourage your child to independently change their clothes, turning clothes the right way round, doing up buttons, and putting on socks and shoes (which they need to do for weekly PE sessions).
  4. Encourage your child to go to the toilet by themselves. Remind them to flush the toilet, and then wash their hands.
  5. Play games to encourage conversation, building relationships with friends and increase confidence.
  6. Put your child’s name on EVERYTHING! That way staff can return lost coats, clothes or shoes to their rightful owners!
  7. Praise your child consistently and say how proud you are of them!