Welcome to Spring 2017 in the Foundation Stage!


The children are now familiar with all of the classroom routines and are helping our new starters in FS1 to settle into their new routines.

We will continue to start and end every day with a ‘circle’ and the children will continue to have a ‘feelings board’ that they put their names on so that we can see how they are feeling and address any issues immediately. The children's well being is our priority and is key to their learning.

At Gilberdyke we have a big focus on supporting the children to build strong, lasting and effective relationships with others. If children disagree, we use restorative methods to discuss what has happened and how people are feeling about it in order to help the children to understand how their actions affect others. The children will then work together to identify ways in which the problem can be solved and how to make everybody feel happy and safe in our setting.

We would like to work in partnership with parents and we welcome and value your input. Please do not hesitate to come and see one of our team if you have any questions or wish to discuss anything.



Last half term our work was based on the author 'Julia Donaldson' and a selection of her wonderful stories.  The children produced some wonderful work and particularly enjoyed making broomsticks and scarecrows in the outdoor provision.  This half term our theme is 'Traditional Stories'.


FS1 children will continue to focus on ‘Phase 1’ in phonics.  This phase concentrates on the children’s speaking and listening skills and we will be doing lots of fun activities and games with the children based around sound discrimination, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and voice sounds.


FS2 children will continue to have daily, focused phonic sessions which take place in small groups.  The children will then have the opportunity to practise and apply their phonic knowledge in the Continuous Provision.  We are continuing to teach new sounds and tricky words weekly and will be progressing to being able to read and write sentences using these new sounds and words.  These new sounds and words will continue to be sent home at the end of the week along with your child’s reading book.  We will continue to change reading books on a Wednesday and we recommend that you listen to your child read their book at least 3 times per week.  Little and often work best so you do not have to read the whole book every time.  Please can we ask that you sign your child’s reading record when they have read at home as we do reward the children in school with House Points.



We teach Literacy through ‘Talk for Writing’.  This entails immersing the children in a text and getting them to learn the text through retelling, putting actions to the text and story mapping it.  This will familiarise the children with story structures and language so that they can use their phonic knowledge to write their own story openings and parts of stories in FS2.  These texts will then also lead into non-fiction writing based on the text, such as writing instructions.  The texts that we will be focusing on this half term are: The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and The Gingerbread Man.




In FS1 this half term the children will be singing lots of number rhymes and action songs and we will be focusing on counting, number recognition,matching number and quantity, comparing numbers and representing numbers.  We will also be focusing on positional language, 2D shapes and patterns.

 In FS2 this half term we will be focusing on counting, number recognition and sequencing, addition and subtraction, using mathematical language for 2D and 3D shapes, creating patterns, using everyday language related to time, ordering and sequencing familiar events and using everyday language related to money.  We will also be learning how to apply our knowledge to solve puzzles and problems.




The children showing high levels of engagement, enjoyment and motivation......

Homework and PE days

Ideas of activities that you can do with your child to help at home will be sent out at the start of each half term, along with top tips. Homework challenges will be set at the end of each half term. These are fun activities that we encourage you to do with your child over the holidays. We will also listen to the children read weekly and books will be changed once a week (Wednesdays). Please can we ask that reading books are brought to school daily as we try to listen to your child read as often as possible. We will also send home the new letters and words taught that week in Phonics on a Friday.  

PE is on a Friday morning. Please can children bring black shorts and a white T-shirt with them to school in a named bag ( no carrier bags please). These can be kept in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term. Please can you ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.