Thank you for coming to our ‘Meet the teacher’ evening last week. It was great to see so many and to be able to share our vision with you. The children are settling in well, thanks to your support and we are looking forward to being able to use our outside area as the weather cools down.
Our aim is that the children have fun as they learn. Activities will be planned that incorporate the more formal tasks of learning sounds or words, reading, writing and maths as well as having the chance to play outside, developing physical and social skills.
Children learn in lots of different ways, one of which is by ‘playing and exploring’. Planned play increases the opportunities for problem solving, negotiating, experimentation, language development, which may come in the form of role play or using small world or construction.
It is important for young children to develop communication and language along with physical skills and personal, social, emotional skills before moving into specific areas like literacy and mathematics. Many parents asked: ‘How can I help my child at home?’ It is here that parents can really help at home. In our Foundation booklet, which was sent home last week, it outlines a variety of ways you can help to support the children at home. By spending time together, talking, sharing experiences. We recommend encouraging them to ask questions, talk every day in both your mother tongue and in English if possible, as this will develop their confidence. Reading is also important, as it is linked to language. I highly recommend reading a story and talking about pictures in a book. Books are a wonderful treasure and children love sharing them. Give your child opportunities at home to have a go at different things whether it be completing puzzles, games, painting or riding bikes. It is important that they do practical things like opening a drink or food packet, cutting paper, mark making or just being creative with different things. This will develop fine and gross motor skills and coordination. We look forward to working with you as the children learn and travel on their journey through school. You are a vital part of the experience and we value your support.
Head of Foundation Stage