Welcome to Foundation 2

Continuous learning

Welcome to continuous learning journey. For the start of this year, we will be resuming Continuous Learning at home using the Tapestry App. You will still get notifications and tasks via the Tapestry and to upload children’s work, photos and videos. Please email your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.

A video guide to this can be found here. Please email your child’s class teacher with any queries. Children will get two ‘responsibility’ tasks each day (one from the class teacher and one from a specialist teacher each day), a story read by one of the Early Years teachers and a morning welcome video posted to their journal. Every Monday we will share a signup sheet with you to schedule a short face-to-face Zoom Meet moment with our youngest students. We have set up three short Zoom sessions. At the end of the week, we will post a list of ‘possibilities’ – additional tasks and activities that children can choose to complete when or if they have time. Finally, please read to and with your child each day. In addition to physical books from the TBS library, you can find links to ebooks on the Continuous Learning page of our year group website. In particular, the Oxford Owl link gives free access to Book Band books (sign up required; video guide here).

Curriculum

Home Learning

What to Expect

The Big Read worksheets as PDFs: Animal Pants, Katie Morag Delivers The Mail, Supertato, I Want My Hat Back, Funnybones, Jim And The Beanstalk, Little Mouse’s Big Book Of Fears, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past, The Enormous Crocodile, The Pea And The Princess. As you complete each sheet, take a photo of the sheet and add it to Tapestry!

Stories/ ebooks

Stories/ ebooks

Epic!

Story Online Actors reading picture books

Storytime from Space Astronauts reading picture books on the International Space Station

Oxford Owl Free ebooks

free childrens stories Read alouds with the visual book

International Children’s Digital Library Stories from around the world.

World Book Day Storytime Online

White Rose read alouds https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Star Fall https://www.starfall.com/h/abcs/?mg=k

Songs/Dances

Watch the letters Go Down

Koo Koo Kangaroo Dinosaur dance

Gummy bear dance

Adams Family Song Days of the Week

Shape song

Counting song

Hide and seek song

Cosmic Yoga on Youtube Example

GoNoodle

Music lab experiments

Numeracy

Splash Learn for Maths:Start your free trial

Number blocks on Youtube

Free Online Preschool Math Games

Activities

Twinkl (special offer – use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS) – a huge bank of resources and activities delivered mostly as PDF files

Chatterpack – a list of online, free, boredom-busting resources

Kids Activities Blog – a list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures

Creative

Pinterest: lots of creative ideas

Drawing tips for kids

Games

Busy Things Kids

Cbeebies games and videos

Crickweb games

Fun Brain

Topmarks

PBS Games

Videos and games from the famous books Seussville

Virtual trips

Virtual field trips to Zoos, museums space stations and national parks

www.virtualfieldtrips.org

www.encoreclassroom.org

Phonics

Alphablocks on Youtube for phonic learning

Phonics play: Register for your free trial

Reading every day to children is an essential part of helping children to develop their imagination and improve oral and written literacy skills.

Maths

Maths is all around us and you can best help children at this age by bringing Maths into your everyday lives and conversations. Count things around you and in practical situations, point out and and identify numbers and shapes in your surroundings and have your children help you with simple everyday problems such as getting one more of something. Cooking is a fantastic way to help develop many of these skills and a great way to develop Maths and social skills.

Below are a couple of fun videos to help develop counting and number recognition skills:

Other Subjects

Many of the other areas of the Early Years curriculum can best be served by encouraging co-operative play outside of school. We strongly recommend regular play dates with non-family members as these develop social and communication skills as well as a range of other areas.

Time spent talking with your children is also invaluable. Talk about the world around you, what they can see and changes they notice. Also involve them in family events and talk about similarities and differences between what they do and what their friends may do.

Spare Clothes: We recommend always having a spare set of clothes in your childs bag. Children can sometimes get messy or wet in their play and having a change of clothes makes dealing with this much easier.
Weekly events:
– PE is every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please either come in or bring in your PE kit on these days.
– Library is on Monday. Remember to bring in your library book.
– Outdoor learning is every Friday. Please remember to send your child into school in clothes that can get messy and provide a full change of clothes (including shoes) for when we get back to school.

Tapestry and the EY Curriculum

The Early Years curriculum can often be the most difficult part of a child's education for parents to fully understand. We hope that the information below will help you in understanding your child's first few years of their school life.

The Early Learning Goals

The Early Years curriculum aims to help children meet seventeen early learning goals (ELGs) spread across a range of seven broad areas. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Literacy (L)
  • Maths (M)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW) – this covers early versions of History, Geography and ICT
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) – this covers early versions of Art, Music and Drama

The focus throughout the Early Years is on the first of these three, though all seven are seen as important.

As your children work towards these goals, they advance through different overlapping age bands or phases, gaining increasing mastery before moving up to the next age band and eventually the ELG. It is worth remembering that not all children gradually increase in ability and many will have a short period of seeming stagnation before demonstrating a rapid period of development. The age bands the children will move through within the Foundation 1 year are normally:

  • 22-36 months
  • 30-50 months
  • 40-60 months

You can see the age bands are very large and some cover nearly a period of two years, so the process from emerging to developing and finally secure can take some time.

This is only a brief overview of our curriculum and if you do want more detail you are always welcome to come in and talk to us. All our teachers are passionate about the Early Years and would be happy to share with you!

Tapestry

Obviously within the Early Years environment we do not expect children to be sitting down and writing all the time. Instead Early Years practitioners document the learning of our children through regular observations of them. These may take the form of written observations, photos, videos or a combination of the three.

Tapestry is an online platform that provides an easy tool to perform these observations as well as a secure environment to store them in. However its main advantage is that it allows you as parents (and anyone else you choose such as grandparents) to be involved in your child’s learning journey. You can see all the observations that we have taken of your child, comment on them and even upload observations of your own for us to see.
When you log on to Tapestry you will be able to see your child’s learning journal and read any observations that have been made. On each of these observations you will have a comment from the teacher detailing what happened in the learning experience. You will usually also have a photo or video and an assessment letting you know which ELG or ELGs the experience was working towards and at what age band the child was working at during that event.

We find Tapestry to be an amazing tool, both in it’s ability to help us provide the best education possible to your children and also in letting you have a more in depth knowledge of what your children are doing when they are at school. As always, if you have any questions or technical problems with Tapestry then please come and see us.

Outdoor Learning

As part of our continuing commitment to educational excellence Foundation 2 will be taking part in weekly outdoor learning sessions starting from Week 3 of Term 1, following the ethos of the forest school movement in the UK and many leading international schools.

What is Outdoor Learning?

‘Nature offers us a sanctuary, a place where we can find peace and wonder. It is not limited by time or confined by walls, and even today we cannot control it completely. It is much larger and older than we are, and its rhythms resonate deep within us. Nature is where we are from and where we belong, and our survival is intricately linked to its existence. For children it is the greatest playground of all, with all its diverse structures, smells, textures, its creatures of all shapes and sizes, its abundant plants, some edible, others toxic. Nature offers a myriad of opportunities for risk taking, for a wealth of learning and amazement, and for freedom, separate from the adult world.’ (Houghton and Worroll 2016)

At it’s heart, outdoor learning is a desire to foster children’s love for and experience of the outdoor world. Through this we are able to still cover many of the essential skills within the curriculum as well as our learner skills. The aim is that through regular and well planned interaction with an outdoor space, children will become more confident learners, better team players and also learn about the world around them.

How will outdoor learning work in F2 at TBS?

Foundation 2 plan to use our outdoor space in Chobar every week on a Friday. Children will arrive at school as normal and return in time for lunch. During sessions there is a good chance children will get wet or muddy and so children should come to school in clothing that takes both this and the weather into account.

During these sessions children will get time to freely explore the world around them. They will be provided with tools such as small spades, string, buckets and cloth in order to further enhance their learning opportunities. Carefully supervised and restricted use to some more complex pieces of equipment such as mallets and saws will also be available, once we are more familiar with the area.

There will usually be a single teacher lead activity as well and this will explore nature based art and craft/science or teaching new skills such as using the mallet safely.

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