Welcome to Ladybird's Foundation Stage
Hello and a very warm welcome from Class One! We are a Foundation Stage class made up of Nursery and Reception children. We are taught by Mrs Cooper, along with Miss Lucy and Miss Zoe
We are lucky to have a fantastic classroom space enabling us to explore and learn through our play. Our environment evolves and develops alongside the children's interests to ensure we are happy, confident and curious learners. Playful learning experiences are planned at key times of the day which help us to expand and consolidate our knowledge. In school we support all our children to develop their skills in becoming curious, independent, resilient, collaborative and reflective in all they do (our five key learning dispositions). Our children are encouraged to see mistakes as opportunities to learn and to thrive when challenged.
In our Summer 1 term, our nursery children are learning about everyday heroes.
Our reception children are learning about terrific transport.
We were very excited when the magic wand invited the Pop up play village to introduce our new topic. The children had a lovely time exploring the different role play areas and dressing up.
Our magic wand set us lots of challenges to set us off on our new learning.
First, our nursery children began thinking about people who help us and how.
"I see doctors at the doctors"
"Police help us, they put the siren on"
"When I hurt my knee mummy helped me, she put a plaster on"
Our reception children started to think about what different modes of transport they already knew.
"A tractor is big but a car is little"
A plane can fly and they got wings by the sides like left and right"
"A truck has space in the back. My uncles truck is red"
We are excited to see where our learning journey takes us!
We have also had a visit from the police and the RLNI lifeguards as well as a trip on a bus to Launceston fire station.
Please see our Dojo page to find out what our Makaton sign of the week is and our rhyme of the week.
Nursery session times:
Our nursery welcomes children from 2 years old.
We are now open 5 days per week Monday - Friday 8:45 am to 3:15 pm term -time only. Breakfast club is optional.
All Pre-school aged children receive 15 hours FREE funding from the term after they are 3 years old.
(Parent's who work over 16 hours a week may be eligible for 30 hours funding)
and funding is also available for some 2 year olds (please ask for further information). Sessions are available for all children over 2 years old, please enquire about eligability.
Children staying for lunch can either bring in their own packed lunch or have a paid hot school dinner, eaten within the classroom.
If you would like more information about your child starting with us, please feel free to contact the school who will be help.
We look forward to welcoming you
We feel it is very important to keep you up to date with what your children are learning in phonics and how best to support them with their reading. At the end of every half-term we would like to invite you into your child's classroom at the end of the school day, for 10-20 minutes, where we can show you the new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (sounds) your children are learning, how to pronounce these and how we teach children to blend words. We will also let you know, the new tricky words the children will be going on to learn.
We hope that this will be useful for you to be able to further support your child with their reading at home.
You can support your child through their Little Wandle journey by listening to them read every night at home even if it is just for 10minutes, and recording it in their reading record.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, you will find 2 books in your child's bookbag:
A "reading practice" book: this will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
- This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
- Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
A library book.: your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
- In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
- Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun.