Welcome to Foundation
Class teacher – Ms L Vessey, Mrs M Berry, Miss E Hancock
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Shipley, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Drant.
Lunchtime Supervisors – Miss Adderley and Mrs Robinson Roe
Our school day
Please see our timetable. PYOL stands for ‘plan your own learning’ where children are responsible for choosing an area to learn and selecting and using their own resources.
Adults support during this time by observing, questioning if necessary and developing a child’s learning journey by modelling, supporting, suggesting and providing any additional resources a child might need or ask for.
In the moment planning
In addition to teaching children to be literate and numerate, at Oakfield we put children’s interests at the heart of the curriculum and work with children in the moment, responding to their needs and interests.
Pupils have the choice of either a school lunch cooked onsite, or a pack up provided by parents. We operate a cafe style system where you can choose on a daily basis if you wold like a school lunch or a pack up. Every child in Foundation and Years 1 and 2 is entitled to universal free school meals. Foundation staff eat their lunch alongside the children and when the children have finished their lunch they return to the Foundation Unit to let their lunch settle and then play in te outdoor area with the support of the Y6 Buddies.
During the Summer term they will play in the Key Stage 1 playground as part of their transition to Year 1.
We encourage the children to be as independent as possible within the environment and when we feel the class is ready, we introduce a self-service snack area where children can pour themselves a drink and choose their own snack. Each Friday we make our own toast, decide which toppings we would like, look at the price list and pay for it using 1p coins.
Our Learning Environment
The mud kitchen
The water cascade
The play house
Blast into reading!
Our ‘Blast into Reading’ strategy encourages children to read five times a week at home, in line with the rest of the school. Reading at home supports the teaching of reading in school. Reading at home may include:
* reading their school reading book
* reading their library book
* reading their high frequency words
* sharing a bedtime story
* reading street / road signs, labels in shops – any words and letters in the environment!
We draw on several phonics schemes to deliver our phonics programme. A solid grasp of phonics enables children to read, write and spell from an early age. We use ‘Jolly Phonics’ in Reception to teach letters and sounds and Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading Tree texts for reading. Each week we will inform parent and carers of the letters and sounds children will learn the following week, via the curriculum letter in each child’s home school link book. We also put our phonics songs on Class dojo for children to sing along to at home!
Share a story
Each Friday at 2.45 pm we invite parents / carers and grandparents in to ‘Share a story’ with the children. Please pop along if you are free – it is a great way to instill a love of reading in some our youngest children. Tea and coffee is served.
Useful guides for parents and carers
Please see below our New Starters Booklet for parents and carers of children joining us in September 2018 and the slide show shared at the information evening for new starters on June 5th. We hope you find it a useful source of information. The document ‘WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN?’ is also a useful guide to give an outline of what your child should be doing within their age band – please remember though that each child develops at different rates.