Welcome to the Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage Staff
We have two members of staff working on a full time basis in Foundation Stage. Mrs Sauvain (Class Teacher) and Mrs Druce (Teaching Assistant). Miss Connell also works in Foundation on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and on Wednesday afternoon.
Throughout the day the children have opportunities for child initiated learning and adult led activities. Once the children are registered and have shared news and a short learning activity on the carpet we operate a ‘free-flow’ system where the children can choose to learn in the classroom or outdoors in our Foundation Stage garden. Last year we were very fortunate to be able to extend this area and now we have an additional grassy area, a decking stage, a construction and small parts workshop, wildlife area and a writing den. During this time, children are also able to have a drink of water or milk and enjoy a snack together. We work hard to provide a personalised approach to learning, focusing specifically on the children’s individual needs and interests. Before lunch we meet for another group session. At lunchtime the children eat in the school hall with Year 1 and Year 2, enjoy a shared play time out on the school field or playground. After lunch we register for the afternoon session, share circle time and have another shorter session of free flow learning through play/adult led activities before story, singing and home time.
This term a lot of our learning will be investigating and exploring using our senses. We have already been on a listening walk around school and discovered special listening trees on the field. We are thinking about the special people in our lives – particularly our families and making friends, and what makes us happy. We are in the process of compiling a happy class playlist and the children have contributed some fantastic – and very varied – tracks.
As always, much of our learning is based on stories and this term these will include Anna Hibiscus’ Song, Little Red Hen and Going on a Bear Hunt.
We have P.E. first thing on Friday morning and take part in other physical activities throughout the week. P.E. takes place either in the school hall or on the field depending on weather and what we are learning. The children change into their PE kit in school and we are very keen to encourage them to do this independently – although we are always happy to help when needed. If you can support them at home to manage dressing and undressing this gives them an advantage – and us more time to spend having fun doing P.E. Please check that all clothes and shoes are named, and that your children know where to find their names in their clothes. Thank you.
The children all have the opportunity to bring home a book from our class library each week. The day they change their book is written on the front of their yellow reading record booklet. Please make a note in the record book about what they thought about their book, or any other books they particularly enjoy. We find this really interesting and can use this information to support reading in class too.
Stay and Play Sessions
We will be holding regular ‘Stay and Play’ sessions this year. We vary the days and times of these to enable more parents to come along. The first ‘Stay and Play’ session will be an opportunity for you to spend some time in the classroom with your child to see some of the activities they are currently enjoying with a particular emphasis on early phonics and reading. The dates for Stay and Play will follow shortly.
Open Session for Parents
Thank you to the parents who came to our open session on 10th September. Later in the term there will be an opportunity for you to come to school for our first Parents Evening, to discuss how your child has settled into school, find out what they have been learning so far and what their next steps are. Parents Evenings at Tingewick will be on Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th November. Parents are also invited to our first Stay and Play session (tba). If in the meantime you have anything you wish to discuss about your child, please let us know and we can arrange a time before or after school to suit.
We use the online learning journal, Tapestry to record all of our observations of your child. This is in the form of an ‘app’ or using a website. You are able to view all of our observations of your child by installing the app on your smart phone or tablet computer or by visiting the Tapestry website. To download the ‘app’ search for ‘Tapestry Mobile’ in any app store.
We have sent out links to all parents, if you have any difficulty logging on please let us know. If you would like to add another parent or relative, please email the school office with their name and email address.
You can also use this app to upload your own photographs and observations of your child which can then be added to your child’s learning journey and we love to see these.
Friends of Roundwood School Association (F.R.S.A.)
The Friends of Roundwood School Association is our parents association. They are extremely supportive of the school and work very hard to raise money for the school. Throughout the year money raised by the FRSA is used to buy resources for the school such as library books and equipment for the outside learning areas. They have also subsidised many school trips. You can support the FRSA by attending meetings, helping in the organisation of events such as quiz nights, film nights, the school fete and family picnic.
There is a Friends of Roundwood School Association facebook page – please have a look, subscribe, make some friends, have fun and help your children at the same time.
We always appreciate parents and grandparents helping in school. This could include listening to children read or sharing a particular talent or skill. If this is something you or somebody you know might be interested in doing, please let us know. Please be aware that parents who help with reading and spellings will usually work in a different class to the one their child is in. In order for parents to help we need to arrange for the necessary checks to be done which incurs a cost to the school, so please consider whether you are able to make a regular commitment before volunteering.
Cooking and Malleable Activities
We cook regularly with the children during the year and always have a selection of malleable activities available for the children such as playdough, aqua beads, slime and jelly-bath. We also like to plant and grow a variety of seeds and bulbs in our garden. This quickly becomes expensive so if you are able to make a voluntary contribution of £5 each (long) term this really helps towards the cost. This works out at less than 50p per child a week, but to us it is invaluable and we very much appreciate it. Thank you.
Finally, thank you for having such amazing children! Everyone has come into school so sensibly, and the behaviour in our class so far has been fantastic, the children are playing together beautifully and taking care of each other which is lovely to see. Let’s continue to work together to make their – and your – experiences of starting school at Roundwood a positive one.
Keeping in Touch
School Website – http://www.roundwoodbucks.uk/foundation-stage/
Please visit the school website regularly to keep up to date
What is the Foundation Stage?
Please click on the links below to download a user guide for Tapestry.
Shared Learning Activities