Foundation Stage Unit

Spring 2 Topics and Activities

At the start of this half term we will be finding out about how Shrove Tuesday is celebrated around the world. The children will learn about Mardi Gras, make masks and sample different foods. Towards Easter we will be exploring the topic of New Life including planting and growing and finding out about animals and their young. Dragonflies will be looking at planting and growing. The children will have the opportunity explore the soil and develop their gross motor skills with the use of tools. They will be planting their own seeds and observing their progress over the coming months. Alongside this we will be focusing on the Very Hungry Caterpillar which will involve a number of games and fruit tasting. On the run up to Easter we will be exploring printing to create Easter patterns and will have the opportunity to join in with baking activities. 

Life in the Foundation Stage Unit (FSU)

As well as ‘structured’ learning time our children have the opportunity to learn through play by accessing continuous provision during every session. We feel our children greatly benefit from interaction between Nursery and Reception. Our team works very closely together to ensure your child feels safe, secure and happy, encouraging them to become independent learners. A ‘Learning Journey’ is kept for each child to log their learning against the EYFS. We observe children during their play and observe their different interests. These are then fed back into planning to further their learning.

Snack

There is no need to send food or drink of any sort into school with your child. All children in the FSU are provided with a healthy snack each day. These are available throughout the sessions for the children to access independently.

Reception children also require a named water bottle that they can access throughout the day.

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Nursery  (Butterfly Room Door)

Morning sessions - doors open at 8:45am and children can be picked up between 11:30am and 11:45am

Afternoon sessions – doors open at 12:15pm and children can be picked up between 3:00pm and 3:15pm

Reception (Ladybird Room Door)

Doors open at 8:40am and children can be picked up from 2:55pm

Children booked into extended provision before and after school will have different start and finish times. These are shown on individual contracts.

Belongings

Our children are likely to engage in ‘messy’ play every day and go outside in all weathers. Please send your children with appropriate clothing e.g. wellington boots, hats, gloves, scarves, sunhats that are clearly named. There is an optional uniform for Nursery children which can be ordered from the office. All children in Reception wear school uniform and have a separate PE kit kept in a drawstring bag. They need a white t-shirt and black shorts. PE is once a week on Wednesdays.

Pegs and Drawers

All children have their own coat peg. Due to lack of space, please can you send your child with a named drawstring bag.

Children have a named drawer within the FSU. These can be checked regularly as children often put their artwork and creations in ready to take home. Reception children also need a flat book bag for reading books, homework and any letters sent home. These are required to fit in their drawers.

 

Homework

Reception will have reading books that are changed weekly. Please read with them at least three times a week.
Mrs Deacon may also set other homework and will send instructions home with your child.