Springfield Primary School | Foundation Stage
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Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage

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The aim of the Early Years Unit is not only to create a happy and secure environment where our children can develop and flourish, but also to set the foundation for good communication between parents, families and school.

Research shows: Parents fully involved in their child’s education increases achievements.

There are 60 places available in the Foundation Unit.

We offer a variety of ways in which your child can become familiar with the school and staff:

Stay and Play Sessions

Friday 9.00 – 10.30 am all pre-school children and parents/carers invited.

Story Time

The date and time will be confirmed

Home Visit

All children are offered a home visit by the foundation team in the Summer Term. This gives parents the ideal opportunity to discuss any concerns and/or dietary/medical needs with staff and also gives your child the chance to meet and talk to us. We ask that you complete the New Starter Form, school meals form and Parent Voice for collection during the visit as this helps us prepare for the best start.

We would expect your child to be able to dress and undress him/her and to be fully toilet trained.

First Week

All children start on a full time basis from the beginning of the Autumn term.  Parents are encouraged to stay and settle children.

Full Time

The school times are: 8.45 – 12.00 Morning session

12.00 – 13.00 Lunchtime

13.00 – 3.10 pm Afternoon session

Parents are asked to arrive at 8.45. The doors into the classroom will be opened at 8.45 and you are invited to accompany your child in. Please note you should stay with your child on the playground and due to the presence of many toddlers, we ask that the climbing equipment is not used during this time for safety reasons.

In our Early Years Setting all learning promotes, supports and develops the seven areas of a child’s development:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (number, shape, space and measure)
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We plan a variety of teacher led and independent tasks for the children to choose from across the unit. Most of the day, the children are free to choose outside, inside and which room to work in.

There are some short whole class sessions which are built up over the year. All children will be required to complete some activities such as reading, writing and number work. Other activities are self-chosen for a duration suitable for the individual.

Children are grouped for phonics and number work by the second half of the Autumn term. These are often changed depending on the needs of each individual child.