Welcome to the Foundation Stage Page – The Beginning of an Educational Adventure
Ways to help at home
Teachers’ Guidance – every day please:
- Talk to your child whilst playing with their favourite toys – when possible extend their play e.g. when playing with bricks or creating a picture, Plan>Do>Review (i.e. talk about what they want to make, make it together and then talk about what they like best or might want to change).
- Share at least one story – talk about the pictures and encourage them to predict what might happen or how a character is feeling.
- Spot words around the home – notice what letter sounds are in them (maybe link with their name), try to blend the sounds together (read the word) or talk about what the words mean.
- Practise writing (see below on the handwriting link for more ideas).
- Choose one of the maths activities on the challenge sheet below.
Once a week please:
- Draw a picture – child to have a go at writing their name and maybe add some labels together. Please save to bring it back to school to add to your child’s learning journey.
- During Lent, please encourage your child to ‘do something for others’ – to help, to share, to care.
- Help your child to know the story of Easter – reading from a children’s Bible or watching the story re-told on CBeebies/ BBC teach/YouTube – The Beginner’s Bible
This document gives you lots of fun ideas of how to support your children to develop in all areas of learning. The first two pages are aimed at children in FS1 and the second two pages for children in FS2 – but all ideas can suit children’s different interests.
A quick and easy playdough recipe so that you can help your children develop strong fingers and wrists, creative skills, communication skills as they talk about the changes they see and make and social skills as they play together with you.
Fun maths challenges to do at home
Please take the time to practise letter formation and name writing – with pencils and paper or water and paintbrushes outside. It is a good idea for children to copy a model and only write their name from memory once they have mastered the correct formation.
List of useful websites for EYFS
Lots of phonics based games for children to play
Lots of different maths activities for children to play
Lots of interactive stories and games for you to play
YouTube is great to watch the following on:
- Numberblocks – this helps children to understand numbers up to and beyond 10 by using different characters
- Tricky word song – these help children with reading and spelling words such as; I, go, to, he, she etc
- Jolly Phonics songs and actions – these help children read and say different sounds
- Alphablocks – these shows help with segmenting and blending sounds in words
- Cosmic Kids – yoga suitable for young children