Welcome to the Foundation Stage at Northfield House Primary Academy!
We hope that you find the information on this page useful.
Let’s begin by explaining how it works in the Early Years Foundation Stage!
The Foundation Stage is divided into Nursery (children aged 3-4 years old) and Reception (children aged 4-5 years old).
We have one part-time Nursery class, which is a morning session starting at 8.45am and finishing at 11.45am. We have named our Nursery children the Buttercup Class. The Buttercup staff are Miss Chandarana (Class Teacher), and Miss Faxon (Teaching Assistant).
If you wish to register your child to start with us in our Nursery class, please visit the school office to complete the relevant paperwork.
The Violet staff are Mrs Reid (Class Teacher/Foundation Stage Leader) and Mr Harmer (Teaching Assistant).
The Daisy staff are Miss Holland (Class teacher) and Mrs Irving (Teaching Assistant).
We also have another teaching assistant working across the Foundation classes, Mrs Ghotra.
If you would like a Reception place for your child, you must apply online via admissions (http://www.leicester.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-and-colleges/school-admissions). Alternatively please speak to one of our office staff who can help you with this.
At Northfield House Primary Academy, we set realistic and challenging expectations that meet the needs of our children, so that children are able to reach their full potential in achieving the expected levels within the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception. Some children progress beyond this point. We achieve this by planning to meet the needs of boys and girls, children with special educational needs, children who are more able, children with disabilities, children from all social and cultural backgrounds, children of different ethnic groups and those from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
How my child will be learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s:
- Personal, social and emotional well-being
- Positive attitudes and dispositions towards their learning
- Social skills
- Attention skills and persistence
- Language and communication
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 specific areas.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff here at Northfield House will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
If you would like to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, please visit www.education.gov.uk/publications.
Curriculum breakdown in the Foundation Stage 2017/2018
In the Foundation stage we believe in delivering a connective and creative curriculum, whereby children learn new skills and are encouraged to apply this knowledge to all other areas of learning.
Nursery and Reception children share an outdoor learning environment and at certain times of the day have the opportunity to free-flow indoors and outdoors across the foundation unit, and all 3 classrooms.
Both Nursery and Reception classes follow the same topics and learning challenges which allow for continuity and the challenging of all pupils; ensuring that everyone reaches their full potential whilst in the foundation stage. These topics are used to lead an area of learning, however at Northfield House Primary School we strongly encourage child-initiated learning; which is learning led by the child’s interests and fascinations, specific to their needs.
Here are the following topics of learning/ learning challenges for the academic year 2017/2018:
|Term||Topic/ Learning Challenge:|
|Autumn 1||Space-How do we travel in space?|
|Autumn 2||Ourselves-where do I come from?
Festivals and celebrations – what do you celebrate?
|Spring 1||Traditional stories – Can you tell me a story?|
|Spring 2||Stories from different cultures-Where in the world is this story set?|
|Summer 1||What superpower would you have?|
|Summer 2||Why do we need the sunshine?|
Parents and Carers
At Northfield House Primary Academy, we believe that all parents have an important role to play in the education of their child. We recognise the role that parents have played, and their future role, in educating the children. We do this through:
- Naming a key worker for your child, who will become the first port of call to discuss progress or anything else with whilst in the Foundation stage;
- Home visits
- Talking to parents about their child before their child starts in our school
- The children having the opportunity to spend time with their teacher before starting school at a classroom visit with their parents
- inviting all parents to an induction meeting during the term before their child starts school
- Parent/teacher meetings during the first half term that they’re with us
- Offering parents regular opportunities to talk about their child’s progress in our Nursery and reception classes
- Encouraging parents to talk to the child’s teacher if there are any concerns. There is a formal meeting for parents in the autumn and Spring term of the Reception year at which the teacher and the parent discuss the child’s progress in private with the teacher. Parents receive a report on their child’s attainment and progress at the end of each school year;
- We encourage parents to stay if there are problems with the child’s admission
- Arranging a range of activities throughout the year that encourage collaboration between child, school and parents
- Providing opportunities for parents to contribute to their child’s Learning Journey
- Offering a range of activities that support the involvement of parents. We invite parents to regular curriculum events to celebrate and highlight the kind of work that the children undertake in the Foundation classes