The first year at school is called the Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into two areas; prime areas and the specific areas.
The prime areas are:
Listening and attention, understanding, speaking, moving and handling, health and self-care, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships.
The specific areas:
Literacy and writing, numbers, shape, space and measures, people and communities, the world, technology, exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative.
Learning to read is a very important aspect of starting school and we use a mixed approach to teach children to read.
The first element is the use of synthetic phonics. The children will learn the sound and the formation of the letter. This learning is achieved through the use of a programme we use throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One called ‘Read, write inc’. When the children have learnt the initial sounds we teach them how to blend the sounds together to read words.
Any work you can do at home to support your child’s learning will be of great benefit. We have put together some ideas each term you may want to try at home that will link to our topic.