Welcome to Foundation Stage 2!
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to St Thomas C of E Primary Academy and hope this will mark the beginning of a long and happy relationship with our school.
As your child begins their school career, you may be wondering what will be expected of them and how we can help our young people acquire the skills that they will need to help their learning develop. It is important that we recreate in school the security and care that you give your child at home. It is important that high expectations of behaviour and attainment are formed. This will help our children to be successful, in school and throughout their whole education and life.Therefore we try to create a smooth and enjoyable transition into FS2 to support new children and their families, as we appreciate that starting school can be a very exciting but sometimes an anxious time.
Here at St Thomas Primary we teach in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). This documentation sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.
Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time, we see our role as important partners to enable this development by carefully planning a mixture of adult and child led play and learning opportunities. On our page you will see a booklet called 'What to expect when', it has been written to help you as a parent/carer to know what to expect during these vitally important years. In this guide, your child’s first five years have been divided up into six age bands which overlap. This is because every child is different and children do not grow and develop at the same rate. It highlights what you might notice your child doing at these points.
Throughout each half term our EYFS professionals will work together to gather evidence of what your child can do in relation to developmental expectations, to then use this assessment to set further learning and challenge to ensure progress towards the end of year expectations, the 'Early Learning Goals'. Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, creative and quality adult interactions to help their thinking. You can see our school agreed curriculum content for EYFS on this page, which sets out exactly what skills we aspire for all children to achieve and the teaching strategies which we will use to do this (intent and progression).
As you know, being a parent is very special and amazing as you watch your child grow up. It can also have challenges. Therefore we would like to assure you that we are always available to discuss your child's achievements, but are equally there to offer support should you need it. Please do not hesitate to speak to one of the team.
Mrs R Webster