Also known as... The Gruffalo's Forest!
Your class teacher is Miss Law.
Your teaching assistant is Miss Varley.
Miss Pettitt (Mon-Weds) and Mrs Bull (Thurs-Fri) are our Speech and Language teaching assistants.
Other members of Foundation staff you may see -
Miss Hoggard and Miss Giller who are our F1 staff.
Holly who is our Speech and Language therapist.
Our PE day is Monday.
Your child will need to come into school with a white t-shirt, a pair of dark shorts and trainers or plimsolls. They will spend the day in their PE kit so please ensure they are ready for whatever weather!
Please remember to label all clothes (even shoes) to avoid any mix ups!
Our reading folder day is Wednesday. This is the day your child must bring their reading folder to school to change their books. Please do not send their reading folder in on any other day.
Tapestry and Marvellous Me
In Foundation Stage we use an online program called 'Tapestry' to share your child's learning journey with you.
Tapestry allows you to log in and see what your child has been learning in school and gives you the opportunity to share experiences at home with us.
This is a secure sight which allows only you to view your child's learning journey and gives you an insight to the learning opportunities they access whilst with us in Foundation.
Across school we also use positive communication tool called 'Marvellous Me'.
This tool will be used in Foundation to share news, messages and significant positive achievements with you.
Parents and carers can get an app on their phone to access it. If you haven't signed up, please do so ASAP so that you don't miss out.
At Church Vale we value children's love of reading and want to begin their reading journey as soon as they start their time in Foundation Stage with us.
We share books daily and recognise how important it is for children to listen to stories. Each week your child will bring home a 'sharing book' this is a book for you to read to them. Please take time in your busy days to share a story and have quiet, quality time with your child.
Your child will also bring home a 'reading book' which is matched to their reading ability. This is for your child to read to you and practice the skills they have learnt in school.
We expect our children to read at home at least 3 times a week. Additional to their reading and sharing book, encourage your child to reads books at home, magazines, signs and leaflets!
We count how many reads your child has done each week and they awarded with a certificate and prize when they reach
25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 reads.
Please see the 'Fast words' sticker in your child's reading diary to see the words we have learnt in Foundation so far this year.
Please encourage your child to read these words from sight. This will help their fluency of reading.
If your child has to self isolate, here are some useful activities and lessons to keep them busy:
Please encourage your child to read their reading book. Can they turn the pages, point to the words and spot the graphemes they know? Can they blend the phonemes to read the words? Can they go back and re-read sentences quickly? Can they answer who/what/why/when questions about the book?
Use our class log in to access Oxford Owl for a wide range of e-books.
Class log in: churchvalef2
Class password: reading
Use your child's log in to access phonics books using our Big Cat e-library.
Their personal log in is stuck in their reading folder.
Remember, reading to your child is an important part of reading. Share your favourite stories. Talk to your child about their favourite parts, favourite characters and encourage them to join in with repeated phrases.
Letters and Sounds
Practice the Phase 2 phonemes using the formation sheets below.
Practice blending sounds for reading using the phase 2 and phase 3 'Time to Read sheets below'
Watch interactive Phonics lessons via Youtube:
Play some phonics games on the Phonics Tracker website. Follow the link and scroll down the page to find the games.
Watch 'Numberblocks' on the cbeebies website:
Visit the 'Whiterose Maths' website for some brilliant interactive lessons:
We are working on the phase 'Growing 6,7,8!'
Visit the Government's website for home learning:
Some useful websites and apps:
App: Hairy Letters
App: Teach you monster to read
(you can download onto phones/ipads for a cost or play on the website for free: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com)
Website: Numberblocks cbeebies iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks
Website: Phonics play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm (phases 2 and 3)
Website: Phonics bloom https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2 (Phases 2 and 3)
Website: Number songs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065s47t
Youtube: Mr Thorne does phonics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw
Youtube: Mr Mc Super power words https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=mr+mc+super+power+words
Youtube: Boom shake the alphabet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emb2yvwAHtc
Fun Science Experiments to try at home
Go Noodle are offering free videos to support physical and emotional well-being. Lots of fun activities the children love to join in with at school.