Foundation 2: Ash and Oak 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Foundation 2
Miss Gilmore is our teacher in Ash class
Ms Cook is our teacher in Oak class
Miss Jones, Miss Carline and Miss Matthews work with us in Foundation 2
In Foundation at Pinehurst we Experience, Excel and Enjoy.
Life in Foundation
The children in Foundation are looking forward to a great year of learning.
We have focused sessions on Maths, Phonics, Reading and Writing and enjoy lots of opportunities to learn about Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Exploring Media and Materials.
Our PE day is Tuesday. Your child will need a yellow Pinehurst t-shirt, navy shorts and a pair of pumps or trainers in school to take part.
At Pinehurst Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides the children with opportunities to Experience, Excel and Enjoy. We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through delivery of a twenty first century education. A cross-curricular approach to learning encourages the children to be independent, reflective learners and responsible citizens. We work closely with parents to support children’s learning.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is based around seven areas of learning. These areas are split into two categories – Prime and Specific.
The Prime Areas of learning include:
Communication and Language: To listen and respond appropriately to others; to follow instructions and answer questions in response to stores and events; to speak confidently and express own thoughts, ideas and explanations.
Physical Development: To move confidently in a range of ways, to show control and coordination in large and small movements; to handle tools and equipment effectively; to know the importance of good health and physical exercise; to manage basic hygiene and personal needs effectively.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: To develop self-confidence and self-awareness; make positive relationships with others and be able to manage and control feelings and behaviour.
The Specific Areas of learning include:
Literacy: To read and understand simple sentences; to demonstrate understanding when talking to others about what I have read; to use phonic knowledge to write words and simple sentences.
Mathematics: To count reliably with numbers from 1-20 and place them in order; use quantities and objects to add and subtract two single-digit numbers; solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing; use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, time and money; recognise and describe patterns, use mathematical names for 2d and 3d shapes and mathematical terms to describe them.
Understanding the World: To know about similarities and differences between myself and others; talk about past and present events in my own life and the lives of family members; to know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things; to know about the different types of technology and be able to select and use technology for different purposes.
Expressive Arts and Design: To explore and use a variety of materials, tools and techniques; experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function; to be imaginative and represent my own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
This term we will be learning about Diwali, Bonfire Night, Firefighters, Remembrance Sunday, Children in Need, Light and Dark, St Andrew’s Day, Winter and Christmas.
Please see our Curriculum news at the bottom of the page for more information.
It will be a busy and fun filled year of learning.
How can I help and support my child at school?
Homework will include a range of different activities linked to the topics we are learning about in class. Please check your child’s book bag regularly for homework.
Reading is encouraged daily and should be recorded in your child’s reading record book. Children have two nights to read the same book. Books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday provided the reading records have been signed.
Practical ideas to support your child
To help your child access the curriculum and in addition to set homework, we ask that you do the following things at home with your child on a regular basis:
Teach them how to dress/undress independently
Teach them to use the toilet independently
Teach them to use a knife and fork
Teach them to hold a pencil correctly and write their name
Provide lots of opportunities for drawing, painting and mark-making
Read bedtime stories every night and talk about them
Have regular conversations with your child and encourage them to ask questions
Visit places of interest
Greet your child at the end of the school day with a smile, not a mobile phone
Limit the amount of screen time they have
Encourage them to give up dummies and bottles as they are not age-appropriate
Please continue to update us on your child's learning at home and view their achievements on Tapestry. If you have misplaced your login details, please see Miss Gilmore or Ms Cook.
To keep up to date with our learning journey don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PinehurstP
Please continue to share with us your tweets about your learning outside of school.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
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