Hello, Welcome to our Foundation Stage!
Sadly, we can’t meet you all in person at our ‘Welcome Meeting’ as we normally would but it’s lovely to be in contact with you through our virtual presentation. We hope you find it useful and that it answers some of the questions you may have.
Meet our Leadership Team
It is really important that children arrive at school on time to start their learning along with their peers. Children who are late persistently are disadvantaged by missing key aspects of learning. Imagine how it feels to walk into a classroom when all your friends are there already!
The normal school day starts at 8.45am with children lining up in the Early Years outdoor area. We will advise parents of any changes to this system given the current circumstances.
Welcome from our Assistant Headteacher
Welcome from our Foundation Stage Phase Leader
Meet our Nursery and Reception teaching staff
Come and have a look around our nursery classroom and find out the exciting things your child can explore.
We encourage parents to try to make medical appointments outside school hours if possible. However, should you need to take your child to an appointment during school hours you will need to give notice and complete a form at the main school office or bring in the appointment letter for us to copy.
Collecting your Child
The safeguarding of children is extremely important and it can take us some time to get to know you as parents. Please be patient at the end of the day, as teachers will need to identify you in the playground before handing over your child. Give them a friendly wave and this makes the process a little quicker. If for any reason, you ask someone else to collect your child, it is very important that you let us know via the class teacher or school office prior to the end of the school day. The school day ends at 3.00 pm – please try not to be late, if you are going to be unavoidably late then please contact the school office so we can let your child and their teacher know to avoid any distress to your child.
At Kingston Park Primary School we pride ourselves on supporting children to be respectful. Adults encourage children to always act as good role models to others. Whole school rules are displayed and referred to in school. These rules are a permanent feature of display in all classrooms and around the school.
We have many rewards for positive behaviour including verbal praise, reward stickers and headteacher awards. Staff maintain regular dialogue with parents to ensure that a partnership between home and school evolves.
Playtime and Assemblies
Nursery and Reception children use the Foundation Stage outdoor area for outdoor learning and break time sessions. When Reception children are settled and ready they are gradually introduced to the main yard for morning, afternoon and lunch time play times. Parents are informed of this transition. Nursery aged children continue to use the Foundation Stage outdoor area all year.
Children are involved in key stage and whole school assemblies from early in the Autumn term. Assemblies have a themed approach and are delivered by a range of staff and visitors.
Our school kitchen provides a choice of meals selected each morning using a band system. Menus can be seen on our school website, at the front of school and outside Foundation Stage classrooms. This enables parents to help their children select a suitable choice. All pupils benefit enormously from having a school lunch as this is a lovely opportunity to develop social skills. It also encourages children to extend their food choices by trying new foods and using cutlery.
Children who are in Nursery must have a school lunch on their full days in Nursery and are required to pay for their school meals – this is payable in advance via Arbor (more information on this can be found in your Welcome Pack).
Children in Reception are currently entitled to receive a UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meal), we strongly encourage all children to take up this offer.
Getting your new school uniform is an exciting part of starting school. Wearing a uniform helps your child to feel part of our school family and ensures that when they (inevitably) get messy, special home clothes are protected! You can see information on which essential items you will need in your Welcome Pack.
Please note a school uniform is not compulsory in Nursery but the majority of parents prefer to have this.
Our uniform can be purchased locally from “Tots to Teams”. Please see details in your Welcome Pack.
Children in Reception will also be required to purchase PE bag and a Reading folder from “Tots to Teams”
Children are encouraged to drink water during the school day and have access to this at all times. School water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1 – you can purchase additional lids for 20p.
Please ensure that every item of your child’s clothing/shoes/PE kit are labelled clearly with their name, if your child loses an item then you will need to look through the Lost Property Box or speak to your child’s teacher.
Welcome packs are now available to be collected form school, if you haven't yet done so please come and pick it up from the school office. Inside the pack you will find information on:
• Admission Arrangements for your Child – Please look carefully at this document for your specific starting dates and times.
Please note – All admission arrangements are subject to change in accordance with government advice on COVID19. We will keep you informed by email.
• Medication – All medication can only be administered if prescribed. A school medication form, available from the school office, must be completed beforehand.
• Holidays and Attendance – There are proven links between good attendance and pupil’s attainment. Pupil attendance is monitored regularly and celebrated in special attendance assemblies. If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please inform the school office on the morning of absence. If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea, they must not return to school for 48 hours.
Holidays cannot be authorised during term time.
• Consent for school visits is included in your child’s Admission Form (Page 4) Please make sure you have completed this section.
• All other consents will be required via Arbor (i.e. photographs/videos in school, social media, school website, wider marketing).
We will send you an email to let you know when you will need to log onto your account to action these. You will have a limited amount of time to log onto your account to administer this.
If, for any reason, you wish to amend the permission you have given, you will need to contact the school office.
Transition documents telling us a little bit more about your child and their likes and dislikes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Seven Areas of Learning.
There are seven areas of learning and development through which your child will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding. All these seven areas are important and inter-connected.
The Prime Areas – These three areas are the most crucial for igniting curiosity, a love of learning and the ability to form relationships and thrive.
Communication and language - Spoken language underpins all of the seven areas of learning and involves giving children many opportunities to have quality back and forth interactions and conversations in a language rich environment where they are able to develop and use an extensive range of vocabulary to confidently express themselves.
Physical development - Children are given lots of opportunities to be active and through this develop coordination and control when moving and when using small tools such as pencils, scissors, paint brushes and cutlery. Children are encouraged to understand the importance of having healthy and active life styles.
Personal, social and emotional development - This area is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives. By the adults around them providing warm and supportive relationships, children learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. They learn how to make good friendships, how to co-operate, resolve conflicts and to develop a positive sense of self.
As young children grow and develop learning in these prime areas continues and helps children to develop skills in the four Specific Areas of learning.
The Specific Areas
These include essential skills and knowledge that children need to participate successfully in society.
This area involves the teaching of reading and writing. Children are given lots of opportunities to develop a range of reading skills to enable them to quickly decode and recognise words on sight. It is crucial that children are encouraged to listen to and to talk about stories, rhymes and poems and non-fiction books and to develop a lifelong love of reading.
Writing includes spelling, handwriting and thinking of writing ideas and forming these into sentences. The ability to be a good writer relies heavily on good understanding and use of a range of vocabulary and a knowledge of the wider world.
By providing a frequent and varied range of mathematical opportunities children will be able to build on and apply a deep understanding of numbers to ten and the patterns and relationships between these numbers. Children will be encouraged to develop their curiosity about number, shape, space and measures. The aim is to develop a secure base of knowledge from which mathematical mastery is built.
Understanding the World
The aim here is, through providing a range of personal experiences including visits and visitors into school, to foster an understanding of our culturally, socially and ecologically diverse world. This involves children having some understanding about past and present, different religions and cultures, life in their own and different countries and the natural world.
Expressive Arts and Design
Here the children are encouraged to develop their cultural and artistic awareness to support their imagination and creativity. This includes using a wide range of media and materials to draw, paint and make props with. Children will be supported to work creatively and imaginatively to tell stories, sing songs and nursery rhymes and engage with musical activities.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn best through play and playful learning where they can explore, be active and use their creativity and critical thinking fully.
Learning in the Early Years is delivered through the use of topics. The topics this year will be: Marvellous Me, Our Super School, Amazing Animals, Two by Two and Once Upon a Time
My Online Learning Journey
My Learning Journal celebrates my own special learning journey throughout my time in the Foundation Stage. It tells the story of me— my learning, my achievements and the things I like to do. It is an online journey through an app called SeeSaw
Staff observe my play and interactions so they can understand and support my well-being and development and get to know me really well. You can help with this too by watching out for new things I do and say when I’m at home or out and about with my family. You can tell the adults in my setting about them, write about them on a “WOW” sheet, take photographs or collect my drawings and paintings to add to my journal. Through building up this picture of me the adults in my setting can help my learning to move on.
My journal is a wonderful record of some of the first years of my life. Because it is online, it is always up to date and allows you to see what is happening in real time.