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Welcome to Foundation

We are excited to be working with your child as they begin their learning journey with us.  

At Courthill Infant School we deliver an exciting and enriching curriculum that inspires them to be lifelong learners.  Our aim is to ensure that your child gets the best out of these early stages in their school life. On this page you will find general information about Foundation but also ways you can help at home. At the bottom of the page you will find learning updates and topic webs explaining what your child will be doing every half term. 

 

We understand that you may have questions regarding your child’s learning.  If your question is not covered in the page below, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or email the office at office@courthill.coastalpartnership.co.uk.  

 

During their time in Foundation, every child will be given the opportunity to ‘Believe, Achieve and Shine’. 

 

P.E day (Tuesday or Wednesday) and Fun Fit Friday (Friday)  

 

On your child’s PE day they will need to come to school wearing their PE kit. Please see your P.E day below: 

 

Dragonflies and Ladybirds - Tuesday 

Bees and Butterflies - Wednesday 

 

Every Friday your child will come to school wearing their own sports clothes. Throughout the day there are increased opportunities for children to be active, both within and outside the classroom. As a result of our learning ethos, children go on to thrive emotionally, academically and socially.   

Typical Day in Foundation

 

8.35 – 8.45

Arrive at school and complete morning jobs

8.45 – 9.00

Registration (language development around the date and weather)

9.00 – 9.20

Phonics

9.20 – 9.30

Yoga Bugs or Gonoodle – Movement Break

9.30 – 9.45

English or Maths Input

9.45 – 10.25

Curiosity Time (Teacher directed task for 10 – 15 minutes then child initiated  learning- staff observing and working with individuals and/or small groups of children)

10.30 - 10.40

 

English or Maths Input

10.40 – 11.20

Curiosity Time (Teacher directed task for 10 – 15 minutes then child initiated learning- staff observing and working with individuals and/or small groups of children)

11.20 - 11.30

Nursery Rhyme focus - Getting ready for lunch (washing hands)

11.30 - 12.30

Lunch

12.30 - 12.45

Handwriting

12.45 - 1.15

Foundation Subject Topic Input or Storycise (movement through stories targeting gross and fine motor skills)

1.15 - 2.15 

Discovery Detectives - Directed Child Initiated focusing on vocabulary development, social skills and emotional understanding. 

2.15 - 2.30

Playtime 

2.30 - 2.45

Collective Worship 

2.45 - 3.00

Snuggle Read - get ready for home time  

3.00

End of the day - home time

Spring 2 Topic Web - Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots

Must Reads 

 

At Courthill, we have a selection of books named our ‘Must Reads’. These are books that have been carefully considered and chosen by teaching staff and they are the books that we ensure children are exposed to and enjoy during their time at Courthill. These high-quality texts have been selected to reflect the wonderfully diverse community we have at our school, as well as take the children on a varied reading journey.  

 

Our list of ‘Must Reads’ have been split into each year group to ensure a progressive reading curriculum. Below you will see the books selected for Foundation. By the end of Foundation, all of the children will have heard and enjoyed these books in class, but they may wish to add them to their own collection at home.  Re-reading and discussing favourite books is a highly valuable part of the reading experience and something that can also be enjoyed as a family.  Happy reading! 

 

How can I help my child at home?

 

Phonics

How to pronounce pure sounds - Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.

Maths

Number Formation 

Department for Education (Dfe) support for parents 

 

Autumn 2 - Let's Celebrate

 

This half term, Year Foundation children have been learning about different types of celebrations. We have found out how people celebrate birthdays, weddings, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and have been full of curiosity, showing great interest in the stories and customs. We also celebrated the end of our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ topic by inviting families back to school to search for hidden letters by torchlight. The children were delighted to find all the letters, collect their prize and eat an evening snack in the hall. Thank you very much to everyone who came – we were able to make over £150, which will be spent on new resources for the children.

This week has brought mischief and mayhem to the Foundation base, courtesy of the cheeky elves. They have been very mischievous by hiding in a Christmas tree and turning over all of our classroom chairs! We are also very proud of all our children for taking part in their first Christmas singing assembly. They performed beautifully and worked very hard to play their instruments in time with the music. Thank you everyone for attending and for joining us at our ‘Stay and Play’ – the children loved completing our Christmas themed activities (please see photos below). 

Autumn 1 - Magical Me

 

This half term, the children have been thinking about routines, friendship and understanding their emotions. They have enjoyed learning about ‘The Colour Monster’, coming up with brilliant ways to make others feel better if they are missing home.

We have loved talking about our family photos in class – even learning about families in Kenya linking to our story ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We talked about the food they liked and disliked and tasted the fruit from Handa’s basket (the mango was a particular favourite)!

The children have also been learning about pets and have loved meeting lots of new animals in class. We have been very lucky to learn about dogs, cats, lizards, guinea pigs and stick insects! The children were introduced to our very own class pets (cuddly toys) who will spend time in each child’s home – we cannot wait to find out what they get up to!                                                                           

Pet Week - The children loved meeting different family pets this week.

Nursery Stay and Play

 

On Wednesday 11th October 2023 the Key workers from our local nurseries were invited to a ‘stay and play’ session at Courthill. We feel the children have settled in to school life beautifully and we wanted to celebrate that with the people who they began their childcare journey with. The children were very excited to show their old Key Workers where they hang their coats, play with their toys and enjoyed talking them through their new daily routines. It was wonderful to see the children confidently giving tours of the Foundation base and showing a sense of pride of their surroundings.

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