Mrs Umpleby and Mrs Hearn

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome to the Foundation Stage. We are looking forward to getting know all the new children in our class this term.

The children work to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The learning is exciting and carefully planned to reflect your child’s unique needs, interests, and next steps of learning.

We will assess and record their achievements on Tapestry. Please use the password you are given to access this, and don’t forget to add to Tapestry, to let us know what your child is doing at home and help us get to know your child. We are really looking forward to reading your entries.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As your child grows, and usually when they enter reception, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside in our lovely setting. As the term progresses we will begin more formal, phonics, mathematics and literacy sessions, however these will still be often be play based and always fun!

Reading; in the first term of reception your child will focus on letters and sounds, recognising the letters and their sounds and reading simple words and captions. When your child is ready they will be given a reading book. Each child will have a reading folder to take home. Please help your child to learn and recognise the letters and sounds and share the books they bring home. Once they have a reading book please hear your child read each day and note down when they have read in their reading diary. Thank you. Your support really helps your child progress. Remember, reading is fun! Appleby Primary School follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and the National Curriculum Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics. In Reception we use Phonics Play to support this.

Forest School: please can children have named waterproofs and wellies in school every Monday as we go out and explore the woods whatever the weather!  Following the Forest School ethos we always have lots of fun the woods; trying new activities, challenging ourselves and working as a team.

We will look at all kinds of exciting things and are planning to explore Traditional Fairy Tales, Autumn and Christmas as our topics for the first term.  Remember that our curriculum is flexible and planning reflects the needs and interests of the children so we may alter some of these initial plans.

Your child’s education and happiness is very important to us so please come and talk to us about your child’s needs, interests, and achievements at home or about any concerns or questions you have.



Maria Hearn & Jane Umpleby