Welcome to Anlaby Foundation Stage. We work as a unit and cater for a maximum of 60 children divided between 2 classes. Our classes are named Inkpen and Rosen after two extremely popular young children’s authors.
Our aim in Foundation Stage is to provide an exciting learning environment where children are secure, happy, active and able to learn by following their own interests. Our foundation area has two large classrooms and an outdoor area, each is arranged into areas of learning. For much of the day children can explore these areas, supported by adults who extend their learning.
We like to take every opportunity to learn outdoors. Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that would not be practical inside. It also gives children who prefer to be outdoors different ways to practise skills that have initially been introduced in the classroom. We have a new all-weather play surface which allows the children to use the outdoors more extensively in bad weather. We also have a grassed area which has room for den building, a wildlife area, a mud kitchen and a magical fairy garden.
Mrs Oliver – Foundation Stage Leader
Inkpen Class – Mrs Oliver
Rosen Class – Mrs Britton/Miss Hopps
Mrs Gibson – Nursery Nurse
Miss Rudkin – Teaching Assistant
What we will be Learning this year
Autumn 1 – All About Me
During this topic we will finding out about ourselves and our new class. We will focus on friendships and working together as a team. We will use the X Factor area to showcase our talents, as well as learning how to play a variety of percussion instruments.
Autumn 2 – The Jolly Postman
This topic will start with our very own post office created in our role play area. We will be using the area to weigh parcels, write letters, cards and lists, learn about money and how to take on different roles in our play. We will have a visit by our local Anlaby Post Master, and have opportunities to find out about how mail is sorted and delivered.
Spring 1 – Once Upon a Time
This topic focuses on fairy tales. The children listen to and watch a variety of fairytales. Our role play area will be transformed into a Fairytale Castle where the children will be able to dress up and take on the role of a fairytale character. The children will have the opportunity to take part in science experiments by making magic potions. This will be followed up outside with the opportunity to make their own potions in the mud kitchen. To end the topic, we shall host our very own Fairytale Ball.
Spring 2 – What Happens when we Fall Asleep?
During this topic we will be learning about Space, light and dark and nocturnal animals. Our role play area will be transformed into a Space Station with opportunities to use large construction to build our own space crafts. We are also = fortunate during this half term to observe the hatching of chicks in our very own classrooms.
Summer 1 – Why are Carrots Orange?
This topic begins with a visit to the supermarket. The children will learn about where food comes from, and how it reaches our homes. We will look at healthy eating, and will be growing our own food in our outdoor area.
Summer 2 – Why do Ladybirds have Spots?
This topic will give the children an opportunity to investigate minibeasts in our very own wildlife area. We will have our own butterfly garden so the children can observe their life cycle.. We will be finding out about habitats and learning how to sort and classify minibeasts. We also have an exciting home school activity during this half term, where the children are challenged to grow their own sunflower, and compete to grow the tallest.
We follow the Read, Write, Inc Programme to introduce phonics and reading in the early years. The children learn how to blend and segment words, and it is very successful in introducing those early skills to young children.
Maths in integrated into our everyday activities through play and focused short sessions. The children also learn about Shape, Space and Measure through the environment.
We update our Foundation blog weekly and it has lots of photos and information about everyday life in our unit. This has proved very popular with parents and at time of writing has received 40,237 views since we started it in March 2015. Please remember to check for updates and add any comments that you would like. We love your feedback on the photos we share.
We pride ourselves on having a very strong, experienced teaching team in Foundation Stage. We are always available to talk to parents after school, by telephone, or by appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.