Foundation Stage - Bluebell & Buttercup Classes
Welcome to Foundation Stage
Planting the seeds of success
Welcome to Bluebell and Buttercup Classes
Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Norman will have the pleasure of teaching your child this year in their first year at our school.
We will enjoy getting to know the children in our classes and know we will have a year full of fun, exciting learning adventures and 'WOW' moments, as your child grows as a successful learner.
Thank you for your support. Please remember that we are always here if you need to speak to us (after school is always best apart from on Wednesdays as this is teacher meeting day).
Meet the Foundation Stage Grown ups.pdf Please click this link to see the faces of the adults who will become very familiar to your child(ren) in the upcoming year.
Lunch at School:
The children get very excited about staying for lunch in school. Don’t forget that school meals are free for your child for the first three years of their school lives. School meal menus are on line with the Aspens' Select App. You will need to register and order on the App or website with the information in your coded letter. We know that it is always a concern as a parent to know how much your child is eating, but we do have two experienced lunchtime supervisors Mrs. Connett and Mrs. Kaltsouni who work specifically with the Foundation Stage children, amongst a team of additional supervisors, to encourage them to eat as much as they can. We are given feedback about any concerns in changes to children’s eating habits and we would then pass this information on to you. Please assume no news is good news! You can of course provide a packed lunch if you prefer.
Uniform and PE/KIT:
Due to Covid restrictions there are some changes to PE. We are asking children to come into school on the day of their PE lesson in their PE kit. We have been advised to only teach PE outdoors until further notice. Our PE day is every Wednesday. Please encourage your child to get dressed and undressed independently at home as this is part of the EYFS curriculum. On colder days please send your child in warmer PE clothes (eg. layers such as tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt/ hoodie). Daps or velcro trainers are both acceptable. Please ensure if your child's trainers have laces, that they can tie them independently. Please ensure that all uniform and PE kits are named.
We like to make the most of the outdoors environment surrounding our school. We are so lucky to have access to the woods on our doorstep and love to take the children on ‘Welly walk’ adventures whenever possible. Therefore we ask for a pair of NAMED wellies to be kept in school so we can just welly up and go!
Please can you ensure that your child has a clearly named water bottle in school every day. As part of our Healthy Schools policy, we would like to request that this contains water and not squash/ juice.
Your child can bring a morning named fresh fruit/ dried fruit/ vegetable snack every day. This does not need to be in a separate container.
Foundation Stage playground:
We explain our safety rules to the children for our Foundation Stage playground and would like to remind you that we would like the children to stick to these rules before and after school times. The children are not allowed to climb on anything in the playground or use any of the equipment out of school times. We would like to ask for your support in helping your child to remember these rules please.
If your child rides a bike or scooter to school please could we ask you to place these in the secure bike and scooter store (found at the top of the playing field). No bikes or scooters can be stored in our Foundation Stage playground and they are not to be ridden on school premises for safety reasons.
Please click on the link below to find our golden rules and behaviour system:
We use Phonics to teach the individual letters (phoneme and grapheme correspondence) with an action, pronunciation and how to write the letter, what type of letter it is (to help children to remember the starting point and shape of the letter & sitting it on the line – ascender/ descender).
When we introduce phonics we will have a new focus phoneme (sound) every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There will be a PHONICS PACK available containing all the individual phonemes (letter sounds). Please encourage your child to practise the correct pronunciation (no ‘_uh’ at the end of the sound!!), action for that sound and the letter formation if they would like to. Please make this as fun as possible and an opportunity for your child to share their learning at school! We don’t want this to be a stressful experience for your child (or you), particularly if your child is feeling tired or not wanting to do it. There is no pressure just do as much or as little as your child is ready to do. Please refer to 'Supporting your child with reading' guidance (links below) to give you a good insight into what we will be doing with your children and ideas for at home.
Letters and Sounds termly timetables
To find out which phonemes/ graphemes your child is learning each week, please follow the links below:
Common Exception Words
There is a list of words that the children are expected to be able to read and spell by the end of Foundation Stage. A Common Exception Word is a word which doesn't follow the common phonetic spelling rules of the language, or where the usual rules act in an unusual way. These will be sent home in 3 sets to practise reading and spelling. Please send the sheet into school when you feel your child is able to read and spell from memory these words. We will then check them in school and send you the next sheet to practise.
After we have introduced the first set of phonemes/ graphemes, we will assess your child's progress of being able to recognise, blend (push the phonemes together to read a simple phonetic word) and segment (hear and say the phonemes in a simple phonetic word). Once your child is able to do this with the first set of phonemes/ graphemes, we will start to send books home. There are books with simple blending practise, in order to build confidence in blending and the skills required to tackle reading. The books we will be sending home with your child will include phonetic words which your child will be able to blend, common exception words and sometimes some words that your child will not be able to blend or recognise as the common exception words we have been practising. Any words which your child does not recognise or cannot blend you can ‘fill in’. This means saying the word for them.
We would like to encourage your child not to use picture clues to help them to read. Your child will be securing their phonic knowledge in order to use their blending skills to decode (read) words. As the children have developed their confidence to blend, using the pictures often means that children guess/ make up words and stops them from using their blending skills. If the book your child brings home has got pictures that would give them clues, then please cover the picture so that your child is using their blending skills to read the text not the picture. When they have decoded the word you could then reveal the picture for them to enjoy.
We will endeavour to change all children’s books on Mondays. Please make sure that reading records, reading books and share together books are in school everyday.
Maths Home Learning
Our class based maths learning follows the White Rose maths scheme. White Rose have also produced short daily home learning videos that run alongside the learning we cover in class. By using some of these videos at home with your child, you can help to reinforce the learning they are experiencing in class. White Rose have grouped the videos into weeks and will release them every week across the school year.
Please use the link below to access the White Rose Home Learning page. The current week will be at the top of the page.
You can find an overview of the maths Reception (Foundation Stage) Scheme of learning here:
Where possible, we encourage you to use practical resources with your child to support their learning eg. socks, leaves, pasta, buttons, cutlery.
As part of learning about our topic we may from time to time send home a challenge for the children. We will aim to give you as much notice as possible for these home learning challenges.
Your child is always learning and we would love you to capture these learning moments which you see at home on a 'Proud Cloud' certificate. This can be from something physical such as a swimming achievement, using technology to control something, noticing numbers on road signs, observing words/ letter/ signs in a supermarket, showing empathy towards somebody, noticing differences in people, improved concentration playing a game, creating a natural collage in the garden, using their imagination to create a story, talking about changes in nature etc. There is so much that we miss when your child is learning with you. When you see your child being successful within their learning, we would love you to capture the moment with a photograph and e-mail it to the class e-mail (found in the Communication section on our class page) with the context of what is happening and /or a quote of what your child is explaining to you about their learning. This is vital evidence which will be used in your child's learning diary to build up a bigger picture of them as a learner.
Introducing proud clouds letter.doc Information to explain our learning at home feedback system.
Please click on the proud cloud link for more copies: Proud cloud doc. certificate
Mrs. Norman Bluebell class: HNorman@stnicholaschantryschool.org.uk
Mrs. Edwards Buttercup class: REdwards@stnicholaschantryschool.org.uk
Please use our school class e-mails to send us 'Proud Cloud' learning moments at home or whilst you are out and about (please see links above for more copies). It would be great to capture the learning on your phones/ tablets/ cameras and email this with a brief description and/ or quote from your child. This is vital learning evidence to go in your child's learning diary.
Please email us if there is something you need us to know, or you could write a note and ask your child to hand it to us as soon as they get into the classroom. Please do come and speak to us in person or phone school to tell us information we need to know. It is always easier to speak us at the end of the day when the children aren’t waiting for us on the carpet. However, if you do need to talk to us urgently or confidentially then we can always make ourselves available. You can also email us any questions or concerns.
Another way of keeping up to date with the latest information is to keep checking in on our School Facebook site at:
Term 1: Knowing me, knowing you... (ah ha!)
Term 2: Terrific tales
Term 3: Ticket to ride
Term 4: Roots, shoots and muddy boots!
Term 5: I need a hero!
Term 6: Changes
This year’s planned inset days are as follows:
1. Thursday 2nd September 2021
2. Friday 3rd September 2021
3. Friday 22nd October 2021
4. Friday 18th February 2022 (for all Clevedon Learning Trust schools)
5. Monday 28th February 2022
6. Friday 27th May 2022