Foundation Stage

Nursery (FS1)                               

During the Autumn Term, Nursery will be welcoming our new as well as some of our older children back to nursery. We will be settling our new children by helping them to become familiar with our nursery rules and routines.  

We will be exploring the text ‘Puffin Peter’ by Petr Horacek’ and then ‘Avocado Baby’ by John Burninham. The first story Is about two puffin birds named Peter and Paul.  Peter can’t find his friend Paul and a friendly whale helps him by asking him to describe Paul so he can help him look for him. The book explores friendship and being unique and will provide a good starting point for settling the new children into our nursery setting and the wider community as we get to know each other and develop our understanding of new rules and routines.  The second book is about a baby who is very strong and stands up for and looks after his friends when there is danger. We will enjoy finding out about each other as we develop new friendships and celebrate our similarities and differences. We will also think about the new rules and routines we need to learn to be happy and make new friends, as we learn new things at nursery.  This will help the children to settle and build positive relationships with each other and the adults at nursery based on our Woodhill Values.  At the end of the topic we will celebrate our learning with a Gallery Opening, where we will share the portraits they have made of our new friends and families.

In Literacy will be exploring the stories and illustrations, using them to make links to our own experiences and to make predictions about what we think will happen next.  To develop our confidence in speaking and listening we will be retelling and acting out these stories in our newly developed ‘In the night time’ and ‘Home’ themed role play areas.  In writing we will be learning to use pens and pencils to record the letters of our names and draw some pictures of our families.

In Maths we will be exploring and comparing weight and size, so that we are able to identify which objects are largest, smallest, heaviest and lightest. We will look at time and routine, thinking about how the events of our day run in a sequence and that there are different things that happen during the day and night time.  We will also be looking at positional language and using it to say where things are, and to follow directions. For example, to say where an item is in relation to another, and find items using directional clues, using words like: on top of, next to and below. We will continue to develop our counting skills, concentrating on counting accurately and recognising numbers to 10. We will also continue to talk about and use our knowledge of size and 3D shapes to build models using recycled materials.  If you have any recycled packaging, e.g. milk cartons, cereal boxes etc. please bring them in to the Nursery.

Parents can further support their children's learning through reading with them every day and taking them for regular visits to the local library.  When sharing books, talk about and ask questions such as what happens in the story and how do the different characters feel when different things happen. Ask children how they would feel if these things happened to them.  To develop children’s understanding of weight, parents can compare the different weights of items in the home e.g which bag is heavier/lighter?  To help them understand position, ask children to say the position of different items, such as the teddy is on top of, next to or underneath my bed.  Parents can help their children to develop an understanding of time by talking about the different things that happen in daytime and night time routines at home, e.g. When do we go to bed? When do we go to Nursery? Parents can also practise counting to 10 and to help their child to show the amount, using their fingers or by pointing to the correct number.

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in anyway, please contact Kate or Miss Artis, Early Years Foundation Stage Leader, or Ms. Bywater, Assistant Head teacher.

Please click here to view the helping your child at home leaflet for Nursery.

Reception (FS2)

Our Autumn learning in Reception is based around Journeys.  During the first half term we will be reading the core text ‘The Everywhere Bear’ based on a bear’s journey.  We will be creating our own journeys around the local area and documenting them in a range of ways.  During the second half term we will continue with our theme around ‘Journeys’ through the core text ‘On Sudden Hill’, focusing on transport and different ways to make journeys.  

In Literacy, we will be beginning to develop our phonic knowledge for reading and writing, and through our speech.  We will be applying our phonic knowledge to our writing in Autumn One by story mapping our core text ‘The Everywhere Bear’ and our own journeys.  We will also be keeping a diary documenting where our own class bear goes on his journey.  In Autumn Two we will be applying our phonic knowledge to our writing when we design and label our own transport models.

In Mathematics, we will be introducing Numicon whilst learning our numbers to 10.  We will be recognising numerals and quantities by practising counting using our one-to-one correspondence.  We will also be exploring shape and pattern in the environment, for example going on shape hunts, reviewing 2D shapes and using everyday language to comment on capacity, length and weight.

During Autumn One we will be introducing Forest School to ensure children are active outdoor learners.  We will start with the fundamental skills such exploring different textures found outside and identifying different parts of nature such as plants and insects. We will also be learning to get changed independently and use the equipment appropriately and safely.

Parents can support their child's learning through reading with them every day, discussing the stories that they have read, and by taking children to the local library to read about our topics.  Practising counting and number skills when out and about will support children’s development and understanding in Maths.  In line with the termly theme based on Journeys, reading your child a story or your favourite story focusing on the different settings and the places that each character visits; discussing the plot and characters will help the children to develop their own ideas.  If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home please see your child's class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school and are actively seeking parent volunteers for our class trips and classroom support.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you are able to help. 

Please click here to view the helping your child at home leaflet for Reception.