Hello and welcome to the Foundation Stage at Parkfield Community School.
Our setting consists of a 52 place part-time Nursery and a 90 place Reception. Our large teaching team consists of Mrs Lloyd who is also the Year Group Lead, Mrs O`Brien, Ms Parveen, Mrs Greatorex and Miss Goaley. We also have a dedicated team of teaching assistants that include Miss Ahktar, Mrs Iqbal, Mrs Samad, Mrs Bashir, Mrs Parveen and Mrs Yusuf.
In Reception and Nursery, the children have the opportunity to learn through play as well as through whole class teaching sessions that cover the areas of Maths, English and Phonics. In Nursery and Reception, the children follow key topics throughout the year that cover themes such as All About Me, Growth and Change, Everyday Superheroes. Space and Dinosaurs. In Reception we also have WOW days throughout the year where the children can come into school dressed as characters from our topics. In previous years this has included a Superhero, a Victorian child and an explorer.
Also, during the year the children in Reception and Nursery also have the opportunity to experience visitors who come into school as well as trips outside of school. Visitors include Clever Chimps Story Telling, Rock Kids and The Animal Man. The trips include Ash End Children's Farm for Nursery and Twycross Zoo for Reception. The children also have the opportunity to visit the school`s STEM Lab and media centre.
At Parkfield Community School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all of our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent learners. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and carers to help every child reach their full potential.
As outlined in the ‘Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage’: ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.’
The children in Reception have started to write simple sentences using their letter sound knowledge.
The children in Reception sold cakes, dressed in yellow and wore sunglasses to raise money for Sightsavers. They raised an amazing £257.00 with gift aid.
The children in Reception celebrated Halloween by carving a pumpkin and going trick and treating.
The children in Reception designed mendhi and created diva lamps when learning about Diwali.
The children in Reception have been baking cakes and talking about the changes that take place during the preparation and baking process.
Practising reading in Reception.
Measuring length and height using non standard measures in Reception.
Exploring colour mixing in Reception.
Learning to write words in Reception by hearing and writing the dominant sounds.
This week we had a visit from Laura the animal lady who brought a selection of animals into school for us to learn about, touch and hold. We really enjoyed the sessions and everyone was really brave.
On Friday the children in Reception took part in a morning that celebrated 50 years since the first moon landing. During the morning the children took part in a selection of DT activities with a space theme.
In Reception this week we have been learning about Easter. As part of our work we have created chocolate Easter nests, Easter gingerbread biscuits and we also took part in an Easter bonnet parade.
The children had a great day on Thursday because it was completely devoted to the Cbeebies characters Number blocks. The children visited 'Numberland' and took part in a range of activities that had a Number block theme. These included investigating what Number block characters can go together to make 10, printing the characters using cubes, investigating ways to transform Octoblock into different shapes and they even created large scale 3d models of each of the characters.
In Reception we celebrated World Book day by dressing up as story and Nursery rhyme characters. We also took part in a range of story and rhyme themed activities.
The children in Reception visited the Young Engineer's Academy and used the Lego construction kits called Wedo. They had to create a robot from the Lego and then use the iPads to programme the robots to move, make sounds and change colour.
This week the children in Reception and Nursery have had the opportunity to work with a professional artist called Sally Harper. The children created 3d structures using paper mulch which was made by mixing and squashing small bits of paper with water and glue.