Welcome to Holy Trinity Infant School Foundation Stage Class. This page will provide you with some key information about the general running of the class and ways in which you can support your child’s learning.
We are very lucky at Holy Trinity to have a wonderful Foundation stage. It is led by Miss Gregory and supported by teaching assistants Mrs. McGrath and Miss. Bradford. We really try hard to make the first year in the Foundation Stage full of ‘wonder’.
Class 1 provides a vibrant learning environment which supports each child. Children’s learning is supported through a combination of independent play and adult supported activities.
It is our responsibility to make sure that all the children are safe and happy and this naturally creates the right conditions for learning. At Holy Trinity School we very much believe in children playing and exploring the world. Independence, individuality and resilience are encouraged ensuring that all children grow to respect and support each other irrespective of ability, race, belief or background.
Children’s learning is tracked using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. When children arrive in the Foundation Stage they are full of curiosity and we want to build on that. This is also evident through our ‘creative curriculum’ where we plan exciting lessons and provide excellent opportunities for the children. We base these around different ‘topics’ which are taken from the children’s interests and experiences.
Children come into the Foundation Stage Class full time in the September of the academic year that they turn 5. Children who turn 4 between 1st September and 31st December will come on a part time basis in January. Children who turn 4 between 1st January and 31st March will come in on a part time basis at Easter.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three and is organised into 7 areas of learning:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Followed by the specific areas of:
Understanding of the World
Expressive arts and design
These seven areas help to plan the learning environment, activities and experiences in a varied and stimulating way. The children are encouraged to move freely between activities making choices and decisions for themselves.
By the end of the Foundation Stage (on finishing the Reception Year) most children will have achieved what is termed the Early Learning Goals. Some will have exceeded the goals and others will be working towards some or all of them.
Monitoring each child’s progress throughout the Foundation Stage is essential to ensure they are making progress and particular difficulties in any of the areas of learning, whatever the cause, are identified and addressed. This monitoring, by way of observation, assessment and collecting samples of work, also assists in the teacher’s planning. As parents you also play an important part in identifying your child/rens progress. This information can be passed on to the Foundation Stage staff by filling in the ‘wow notes’ to add comments to ‘Clever Me’ books which will be explained further on in this booklet.