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Foundation Stage - The Dolphins

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Welcome to the Dolphin’s class page. We are the youngest children in the school and we are known as the Foundation Stage

The Dolphins are separated into two groups; Pink and Grey!

In the Pink Dolphins our teacher is called Miss Anderton and our teaching assistant is Mrs Harris. The Grey Dolphins are taught by Mrs Philp and our teaching assistant is called Mrs Satchell. Together they all work together to help us become effective learners.  

Our Environment

We have two large, bright classroom environments next door to each other each with our own toilets and hand washing facilities. Each room also has an interactive smart TV and three computers which are readily accessed.

We have different areas essential to ensure a well-rounded curriculum from an ever changing role play and writing area to a quiet snuggly area for story ready and other quiet activities.

Children at this stage in their school life are also required to have access to outside. We have a large outside classroom and access to a sensory quadrangle which can be accessed independently from our classroom doors. We use these areas throughout the day, working on various activities which have been planned for us or we have been inspired by.

 

Having classrooms close by and a shared outside classroom allows us to freely move around the environments engaging with all children and adults in the Dolphin's group. This supports our development of positive relationships and socialising with a wide variety of people extended by some of the Year 2 children coming to visit our class to share their reading books with us. 

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the Foundation Stage in our school reflects the curriculum guidelines to meet the Early Learning Goals. There are 7 ‘areas of learning and development’ broken into specific and prime areas:

Prime:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

 

Specific:

  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts & Design

For more information on the content of these areas please click the link below. 

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Our Topics

 Our year is split into topics, which all our activities and work will revolve around. This provides a cross curricular approach and enables a sound understanding of various subjects. To find out more about which areas of the curriculum we cover each half term click on the blue link to read our half termly letter which is sent out to all.  

Autumn 1 -

Settling into school life and Dinosaurs - Getting used to routines in class and around school, finding out about each other and our family life. We also celebrate the Christian festival of Harvest with a whole school assembly. 

Letter:  Autumn Term 1st half

Letter: Important information 

Autumn 2 -

Funnybones - Each week we look at a different aspects of the Funybones series of stories. During this time we also learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Jewish fesitval of Hannukah and of course Christmas!

Letter: Autumn Term 2nd half

Spring 1

Bears - Using the book 'Dear Polar Bear' we have learnt all about the Polar regions, sending letters around the world and the animals that inhabits these areas. 

Letter: Spring Term 1st half

Spring 2 -

Space - We learn about the names and features of the different planets, space travel and let our imaginations go wild with aliens! We also celebrate World maths Day, World Book Day and Pancake day!

Letter: Spring Term 2nd half

Summer 1 -

Dragons - We learn all about George and his battle with the dragon. Learn to write letters to a dragon friend and find out what it takes to become a knight!

Letter: Summer Term 1st half

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Summer 2 -

People who help us - content coming soon

Letter: Summer Term 2nd half

Tapestry

Tapestry is an online based software that Foundation Stage practitioners can use to upload photographs and observation notes about the children, at times attaching them to relevant areas of the EYFS curriculum.  

The Government states that a child’s end of year assessment in Early Years is not complete without the input of parents, carers and other important adults involved in an individual child’s life. We have already begun our ‘Help at Home’ books and Tapestry will enable you to contribute further to your child’s Early Years Profile as you will be able to view their profile from home and make your own contributions and comments. You also have the ability to upload photos or comments of your own showing your child achieving particular areas of the EYFS framework.Please click on the icon to access the Tapestry User Guide which will help you get started. This resource is password protected which will be issued once the relevant permission slips are returned to school. This software is also tablet friendly, search for ‘Tapestry Journal’ and the pin provided will allow access to the secure pages. You will then be enabled to view photographs and observation notes made by the staff at school and you can also upload your own photographs and notes that inform us of your child’s development out of school. You can also comment on our observations that we have made should you wish to. Accounts have been created for all e-mail addresses that are given to us through your completion of the Journeying Together books.

We hope that you will see the benefits of this new software and be as eager to get started as we are. It is a wonderful tool that will enable you to see more of what your child does at school and allow you to be an integral part of their development.

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