Welcome to Foundation Stage 1!
Welcome to Aston Lodge Nursery from Mrs Nurse, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Moore.
In Nursery we work hard to create a happy and safe environment that enables the children to become confident and independent learners.
We work together with you to ensure a smooth transition from home into Nursery. Parents are welcome at the start of all our sessions to complete an activity. This also gives us an opportunity to talk informally and work together to provide the best care and education for your child.
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observations of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development. We plan for a balance of adult and child initiated experiences – all based on learning through play.
Our curriculum is based on the National Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Sessions are planned to ensure opportunities for development in the seven areas of development which are:
|Areas of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and awareness|
|Managing feelings and behaviour|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measures|
|Understanding the World||People and communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|
As well as these areas of development, we look at the different ways in which children learn. The EYFS lays out the Characteristics of Effective Learning. When planning activities we aim to reflect the different ways in which children learn.
|Characteristics of Effective Learning|
|Playing and exploring – engagement||Active learning – motivation||Creating and thinking critically – thinking|
|Finding and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
|Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
|Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
We want all our children to develop a love of books and we plan a lot of our work around stories. The children can chose a library book each week to take home and share with you.
Early phonics skills are taught through Phase One of Letters and Sounds which focuses on developing the children’s listening skills, vocabulary and speaking skills. In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:
- Environmental sounds
- Instrumental sounds
- Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
- Rhythm and rhyme
- Voice sounds
- Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)
Typical activities for teaching Phase 1 phonics include listening walks, playing and identifying instruments, action songs, learning rhymes and playing games like I Spy.
Developing a Love for Reading
In Foundation Stage One we want to encourage the children to develop a love for reading.
Here are some of the things we do to promote this:
Success For All
In school we follow a programme called ‘Success for All’. Each week in FS1 we work around a different theme. During the theme we read
many stories and books that are linked. Children are encouraged to relate stories to their own experiences and answer a range of questions about them. After each story has been read a picture of it is placed on our Story Tree – creating a lovely record of all the books we have shared!
We encourage all children to have a bed time story each night with a family member. This is a lovely time for you to bond with your child and it also helps the children to develop their vocabulary, make predictions, talk about their own experiences and answer a range of questions about characters, settings and plots.
We send out a ‘Bedtime Story Chart’ each week where you can log the books you have read. If the children return it at the end of the week and they have read at least five times they receive a raffle ticket in our golden bag. The winner drawn receives a lovely book.
Adopt a Bedtime Story Pet
The children can adopt a bedtime story pet to share their bedtime story with each night – these are available in Nursery.
By the entrance in Nursery there is a library. The children can choose books to take home as often as they like. We just ask that you sign them out.
Stories from Home
We encourage the children to bring stories in from home regularly – this may be linked to a theme we are covering or for a specific event.
Stay and Read
Every Wednesday morning we have our ‘Stay and Read’ Session when you are welcome to join us 8.50-9.25am and share books with your child. We will also have other reading activities on offer.
In FS1 we have started a new exciting programme called ‘Curiosity Corner’. This is part of the ‘Success For All’ programme that the children follow in school.
Each week we will be following a theme. The activities on offer in Nursery will be linked to the theme along with our carpet and small focus group work. You can find out more information in the document below (which was sent out before the February half term).
You can also find our ‘Home Link’, ‘Focus Overview’ and ‘Vocabulary List’ linked to our first theme ‘Ways to say I love you’.