Our Vision for Foundation Stage
At Whingate we know all of our children are unique. During their time in Foundation, we want our children to be happy and show a curiosity for learning and exploring, persisting when they are faced with challenges and be resilient to bounce back. When learning we want the children to show high levels of fascination, enjoy solving problems and learn from their mistakes as well as moving their ideas forward.
In Reception Teachers that help us learn are Miss Swift, Mrs Cooper, Miss Smith and our HLTA Mrs Waterhouse. Our fantastic Teaching Assistants are Mrs Binks, Miss Magda, Mrs Proctor, Miss Tucimova and Mrs Pearson.
In Nursery our Teacher is Mrs Harrison and our super Nursery Nurses are Mrs Peacock, Mrs Wright and Mrs Smith.
Please see below for some idea's to help embed what we are learning to do at school.
One thing you can be working on at home is forming the letters in your name correctly. Remember you need a capital letter at the beginning, then lowercase letters for the rest of your name, for example Albert. It might be that you can write your name already but need to practise your letter formation, or that you are working on holding a pencil and forming the first letter.
It is important to work on your fine motor skills to make sure you can hold a pencil correctly to write. You can build the strength up in your fingers and hand by doing lots of fun things such as playing with pegs, playdough and threading.
At school in Phonics, we are learning the phase 2 phonemes (letter sounds). Please find all the phase 2 phonemes on the letter mat below.
We enjoy singing the 'Phonics Song' and 'Tricky Word Song' at the beginning of every Phonics session.
Phonics Play is a great website to help embed what the children are learning in Phonics by playing games.
Literacy in Reception
Our Topic this half term is 'Sights and Sounds of Winter' Listen to this wintery story and then complete the tasks below...
Go to this Sway
Please click on the links below for further information.
If your child is 4 before the 31st August 2021 then you need to apply for a Reception class place now.
You can apply online at
The deadline is 15th January 2021
If you have any questions about the application you can phone school or e-mail us.
Our Remembrance Day Display
This half term ......
Our theme is 'The Sights and Sounds of Winter'
We are learning a poem about Jack Frost using Talk for Writing. Here it is if you want to practise at home.
Look out ! Look out !
Jack Frost is about !
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And, all throughout the night,
The little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.
He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he,
His silvery powder he’ll shake;
To windows he’ll creep,
And while we’re asleep,
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.
Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white;
Then home he will go,
And laugh, “Ho ! ho ! ho !
What fun I have had in the night !”
We will also be learning about animals that live in colder climates and completing lots of Christmas activities.
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