Welcome to Foundation Stage!2017-2018
A big welcome to all our new children as they start on their journey through St George's Academy!
We are really looking forward to getting to know them over the next few weeks and have already got various parent events planned to help ease the transition from Nursery into Foundation Stage 2.
We hope that you are able to join us on Wednesday 20th September at the 'Meet and Greet' evening. It starts at 6pm and will give you the opportunity to meet the Senior Leadership Team as well as talk to your child's teacher.
We will also be holding a phonics and maths workshop during the Autumn term for parents to attend. During these sessions you will have opportunity to watch a practical lesson take place with the children and spend time meeting with the subject co-ordinators. More information will follow soon.
We are very lucky to have 7 members of staff who work in the FS2 unit over the week. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning please feel free to talk to any member, who will try their best to help you. We are usually available each morning from 8:30am-8:45am and after school from 3:10pm-3:30pm. If we cannot help you immediately we will book an appointment for a later date which is convenient for us both.
Class 1 Staff:
Mrs Bennett: Class Teacher and Assistant Head.
Mrs Handford: (AM) SEN TA (PM) General Class TA
Mr Ormand: (AM) General Class TA
Mrs Smith: Class Teacher on a Tuesday afternoon
Class 2 Staff:
Mrs Huntingford: Class Teacher
Mrs Rothe: General Class TA
Miss Parker: SEN TA
Mrs Smith: Class Teacher on Wednesdays
Please find below our long term curriculum map.
It plans out the learning which will take place in FS2 over the coming year.
During the year we will go on a couple of educational visits (to St George's Church in the Autumn term and the farm in the Summer term) as well as inviting educational visitors in. Last year we made links with a Forestry School Teacher and we are planning to work with him again this year once per half term. We also have visits from Tesco and the Open Centre.
Last years results are back!
The Government has now released the National Results of Early Years 2016-17. I have included the main 'headlines'.
At St George's we continue to work slightly above the National average in all areas of the curriculum apart from Physical Development and although our 'Good level of development dipped by 2% on the previous year, we also remain above the National it that too!
We have recently held 2 workshops for parents, one for phonics and one for numeracy. The aim of the sessions was to demonstrate how we teach RWI and ACLIC at school and give practical ideas of how to support your child at home.
Thank you to all who attended the workshops. For those who weren't able to make it, the Powerpoints which were shared as part of the session have been uploaded. They include useful website links which may help to support learning and as well as give reference to online shops where resources can be purchased.
Termly Learning Conferences
Thank you to all parents who were able to attend the Termly Learning Conferences. We hope that you enjoyed the opportunity to discuss your child's Learning Journals and talk through their new targets.
I have listed a couple of websites which are good for getting resources from or have interactive games which can be played on tablets. If you find anymore which you think are suitable for FS2 learning please pass them on to the Class Teacher and we will add them on.
Welcome to Foundation Stage!2016-2017
Meet our Staff!
We have had a few changes to staff this year.
Mrs. Bennett ~ Class teacher and FS2 Assistant Head
Mr. Ormond ~ Class Teaching Assistant am
Mrs. Handford ~ 1-1 Teaching Assistant am and Class Teaching Assistant pm.
Mrs. Huntingford ~ Class teacher back from maternity leave.
Miss. Loveless ~ Class Teaching Assistant
Miss Parker and Miss McManamon ~ 1-1 Teaching Assistants
Welcome to another exciting year in FS2!
We have had some changes to our timetable this year...
* We now have ICT, PE, Music and Art and Design and Technology taught by specialist teachers.
* We have a new outside area to help children to develop their gross motor skills on our trim trail. We are also developing a green house made of plastic bottles and a vegetable patch to help the children learn where our food come from and changes in seasons.
Our planning has changed this year too! We have asked the children what their interests and favourite things are and we are tailoring our lessons and activities around this. This will ensure that our lessons are more fun and engaging for the children.
Have a look at our timetables and some exciting things we have been doing already...
We went on our first school trip to St George's church. We learned about Baptism and Father Alan showed us artefacts that may be used in a Baptism.
We worked with Tim to build dens using willow and play some games. We got very muddy but had lots of fun!
We came into school and could not get into class 2! Mrs. Huntingford went to look in the window to see what was happening and saw some footprints. We had been given a letter from Santa and 4 Elves to help us help Santa get ready for Christmas. Our first job was to write our wish list and send it to the North Pole. We walked to the post box to send it. After this Santa kept us very busy!
Thank you to parents for your support over the term so far. Thank you for coming to the TLC's, both Class 1 and Class 2's assembly and our weekly reading morning. We continue to look forward to seeing you at different events throughout the year.
Please help your child with their new individual targets and read with them on a daily basis.
Thursday 6th April ~
9:00am-11:00am - Easter activity morning. Please join us for crafts and activities to get us ready for Easter ~
Easter Bonnets are a must! Letter to follow.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Welcome to FS2!
In FS2 we assess our children against the Ages and Stages Profile which can be accessed via the above link. We hope this will give you a better understanding of how your child learns.
We assess your child using observations and photos to build up a whole picture of how your child learns. Please help us complete this picture by filling in the “Over the Moon” sheets below. These can also be found in your child’s book folder.
The unit is set up so the children can access a range of learning areas to cover all aspects of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children are encouraged to be independent learners. These areas include...
* Creative table * Construction
* Reading corner * Computers and IWB
* Writing table * Small world
* Role play areas * Fine Motor table
* Maths challenge table * Speaking and Listening Area
* Challenge areas. * Phonics area
* Sand and Water * Outside area
Every Wednesday we like to invite parents in to read with their children. The session lasts from 8.30 until 8.45. Please feel free to come and join us.
We went on an Autumn walk around the local area. We looked for signs of autumn and talked about what we can look for and collected items for our sensory area.
We then had an Autumn craft day and made lots of different activities.
We enjoyed making pancakes with the teachers in the class. We made the batter and flipped the pancakes. We added our favourite toppings. They were delicious!!!!
People who help us
We have been learning about people who help us.
We had a visitor come in and talk to us. She was a nurse. She told us about where she works and all the jobs she has to do.
Bishop Patrick McKinney came to visit St Georges. He led a mass for the school and then came to visit FS2. We sang him a song. He told us that he really enjoyed it!
We made flags, decorated Bishops hats, made prayer hands and decorated biscuits as part of our celebrations. Everyone in school also decorated a pebble to put in the memorial garden.
We took part in National Book day. Everyone came dressed up as their favourite book character. We read lots of stories and discussed which ones were our favourites. Can you guess who we are?
Easter Craft Morning
We held an Easter craft morning on Friday 18th March. Lots of parents and Grandparents came to help the children in Class 1 and 2. We had lots of fun. Check out the photos below.