Welcome to Foundation Stage
Mrs Buckley, Nikki, Mrs Aguayo, Julie and Mrs Hodson welcome you to John Randall Foundation stage.
We will always welcome you into our bright, fun and nurturing environment where children can learn and reach their full potential. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's learning so that together we can provide a solid foundation and achieve the best possible outcomes.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2013) found that
'All teaching observed in the Nursery and Reception class during the inspection was outstanding. Exciting and imaginative activities outdoors and indoors create an almost magical learning experience where language, number, physical development and all other aspects of the curriculum are woven through creative topics.'
On entry to Foundation Stage children will start in Busy Bees group and as they make progress they will move on to Butterflies and ultimately Ladybirds. The Early Years Foundation Stage Development matters document (2012) states, 'childrenare born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process'. At John Randall, we believe that this is key to recognising the uniqueness of your child and their individual learning journey and therefore children progress through our Foundation Stage at their own pace.
You can find the nursery prospectus and registration form in the documents below. Or alternatively, please contact the school office if you would like further information or to arrange a visit. We look forward to seeing you and your child.
Here is our most recent newsletter.
We run a Parent and Toddler group every Wednesday morning from 9.10-10.10. Babies and toddlers are welcome to come along to play, meet other children and get to used to being in a nursery environment. There are always lots of lovely activities available and Nikki, our experienced nursery nurse is always on hand to support parents and children. The sessions are free and there is no need to book a place, just turn up! When you arrive go through the green gate, onto the playground and across to the foundation stage building. Alternatively pop into the school office and they will be happy to show you where to go. We look forward to seeing you!
Tidying up is Fun!
When we are tidying up we like to sing the tidy up rumba song. You might like to try it at home.
Letters and Sounds!
We love to sing! It even helps us to learn to read! Click here to join in with the songs that help us to remember the letters and sounds of the alphabet.
Here are some games to play using the space bar or arrow keys:
Try to encourage your child to read at home on a regular basis.The children can change their books as often as they like. We would be grateful if you could write a short comment in their reading record book about whether or not they enjoyed the book and how independent they were at reading it. This way we are able to provide books that are of interest to your child and books that will continue to challenge children with new words and sounds. The children will then be asked to come and choose a new book with Mrs Hodson.
Your child will be rewarded for reading at home and presented with a reward in our celebration assembly on a Friday.
Ladybirds have word tins alongside their reading book in their book bag. Inside the word tins are the 'high frequency' words that children will come across frequently when reading and writing. We would be grateful if you could learn these high frequency words with the children. Children are encouraged to learn these words by sight, flash cards are helpful in learning these words in short ten minute sessions. Children will be given five high frequency words at a time to learn. When you are happy that your child knows their high frequency words, please let us know and we can provide them with the next set of words.