In the Foundation Stage we have Foundation Stage 1 (F1) and Foundation Stage 2 (F2) children.
F1 explore the 7 areas of Phase 1 phonics with daily sessions and later on in the academic year move onto ‘Speed Sounds’ using the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme ready for F2.
F2 have daily 'Speed Sounds' phonics sessions which are always fun and engaging! The children learn to be confident in recognising single letter sounds and digraphs moving onto blending sounds and segmenting words, which then help them in their reading and writing. All children participate in a phonics session for at least 15 minutes every day, we use the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. Practising 'Speed Sounds' and 'Red Words' at home is hugely beneficial in consolidating your child's knowledge and understanding.
F1 and F2 are invited to choose a story book each week to take home. Repetition is crucial to your child’s development and I would advise that you read your child’s chosen story book to them each day for a week. You could start by looking at the pictures and asking your child what they think is happening then read the story, is it what they predicted from the pictures? As you get further through the week your child should be able to ‘jump in’ and fill in some of the words in the story because they have become familiar. Lastly when reading the story and pointing to the words are there any words your child recognises as familiar? Can they tell you what the word is?
In addition, and when appropriate F2 we follow the Read Write Inc. reading books. We will start with the Blending books and Ditty Photocopy Masters before moving on to the Red Ditty and Story Books. We practise the Speed Sounds, Story Green Words, Speedy Green Words and Red Words and use them to develop fluent reading. We use the Questions to Talk About in each book to develop our comprehension.
We teach Maths every day and this year we will be following White Rose Maths. This scheme of work is practical and fun, embracing the values and pedagogies of Early Years Foundation Stage. Counting at home or in the car aloud is another great way of helping your child develop their understanding of number. One of our favourite games at school is seeing how many numbers can we find in the school environment?