Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage Curriculum

Welcome to the Robins and Kingfishers class pages.

In Foundation Stage 2 we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Development Matters).During the Autumn Term we primarily set work within 40 - 60 months but we differentiate below and above accordingly. Our end goal in the Summer Term is to have met the 'Early Learning Goals' across the 7 Areas of Learning.

We use Jolly Phonics and Letter and Sounds to plan and deliver daily phonics lessons. (We send home a weekly phonics homework activity every Friday).

Children can access Continuous Provision in both Foundation Stage Classrooms and our Outdoor Area is open all day every day - whatever the weather! Some of the activities the children choose from are as follows:

  • Junk Modelling
  • Role-Play Area
  • Construction Area
  • Small World Area
  • Sand Tray (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Water Tray
  • Malleable Area
  • Transient Art
  • Funky Fingers
  • Maths Area
  • Writing Area
  • Jigsaw Station
  • Computer Area
  • Reading Area
  • Mud Pit
  • Outdoor Area

Our PE day is on Thursday and we are very good at changing into our PE kit and learning in the Infant hall. In the Summer Term we enjoy learning PE on the school field too and taking part in the Sports Morning!

We learn so much during our first year at Windmill Hill Primary. Here are our units of learning, Mathematics and Literacy teaching and learning coverage for the year.

If you would like to find more about FS2 at Windmill Hill please take a look at our parent booklet and pupil booklet. You can find them on the website.

Autumn 1

Our unit of Learning is all about ourselves.

What's it like to be me?

  • Do we all look the same?
  • Do we all have the same birthday?
  • Who lives in our house?
  • What things am I really good at?
  • What's happening in my world?

Autumn 2

Our unit of Learning is all about some of our favourite stories.

Who's hiding on our bookshelf?

  • What would the boy and penguin say? (Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers)
  • Which animal would you like the zoo to send you? (Dear Zoo - Rod Campell)
  • Can you describe the Gruffalo? (The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
  • Where could you find a bear? (we're going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen)

Autumn Term Mathematics

This year we are teaching the EYFS Mastery approach to enable all our children to become confident and competent mathematicians. For further information please see 'A Guide to Maths Mastery in Reception' booklet.

In the Autumn Term we will be looking at numbers to 5 and looking in depth at each number linking the following things to each one:

  • Counting and number recognition (including numbers in the enviroment)
  • More than & Less than
  • Sorting and identifying more and fewer
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • 2D shapes (including everyday objects in the enviroment)
  • Repeating Patterns
  • Money

Autumn Term Literacy

In our Literacy lessons we look at:

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Rhyming strings
  • Labelling
  • Autumn captions
  • Lost and Found
  • Dear Zoo
  • The Gruffalo
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Road Safety Posters

Spring 1

Our unit of Learning this half term is a special project in partnership with the NHS. We will be learning about jobs and how people help us.

Who helps us?

  • How can we help Bob the Builder?
  • What important buildings will our new town need?
  • Who works at the hospital?
  • Who helps us in our community?

We also celebrate Chinese New Year and Pancake day!

Spring 2

Our unit of Learning is an Understanding of the World based topic.

What would you ask Old McDonald?

  • What is an Old McDonalds farm?
  • What happens to the eggs?
  • Who's my mummy?
  • Why would a farmer keep some cows?
  • Why did Old McDonald have a farm?
  • Which foods come from the farm?

Literacy Spring 1

  • Can we create a new town? - posters and labelling
  • Information writing
  • Story writing
  • Fact files
  • Chinese New Year

Literacy Spring 2

  • Farm Fact File
  • Farm Pre-Learning
  • Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Hen
  • Recount about our trip to the farm

Spring Term Mathematics

During the Spring term we are learning about the numbers to 10, shape and different measures. We will be building on our number knowledge and learning all about our teen numbers.

  • Counting and Number Recognition (including numberts in the environment)
  • More than & Less than
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • 2D & 3D Shapes (including everyday objects in the environment)
  • Repeating patterns
  • Money
  • Time

Summer Term 1

Our unit of learning is a Literacy and Personal, Social & Emotional Development based topic.

Are we all superheroes?

Can I independently write a sentence about a superhero?

Can I create and describe my own superhero?

Can I help Supertato and catch Evil Pea?

Can I write the instructions to make Supertato?

Summer Term 2

Our unit of learning is an understanding of The world based topic called;

"Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball"

Are all crawlies creepy?

How does your garden grow?

Why is a caterpillar always hungry?

What lives in our garden?

Who lives in a house like this?

Why is Mr Bee busy buzzing?

Summer Term Mathematics

The final term sees us really building on our number knowledge further and learning about measurement, position and direction.

  • Counting and Number Recognition up to 20
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Doubling & Halving
  • 2D & 3D shapes
  • Length, mass & capacity
  • Position & Direction

Summer Term Literacy

Can I think of and write a question about a minibeast? Can I answer my question about a minibeast?

Can I write instructions for how to plant a seed?

Can I order sentences to make the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Can I retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Can I write my own version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?