The Foundation Stage at Thorneyholme School includes Nursery and Reception Pupils. They are taught in small groups by Mrs Entwistle and Mrs Allen. We were presented with 'The Step into Quality' Mark for the Early Years in November 2017. We have moved into a new classroom at the beginning of 2020, which has access to approximately 2 acres of outdoor space. Children have free access to this area which houses our wonderful outdoor continuous provision.
Children work on a child-initiated activities, whenever possibly along with an over-riding topic each half term. They cover The Foundation Stage learning goals through varied lessons and continuous provision. In addition to the carefully planned activities they have a daily story and counting activities. This half term our topic is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers' as well as seasonal change and celebrations. In RE our themes this term are 'Welcome' and 'Birthdays'.
In Reception children are taught phonics using Letters and Sounds. They are also heard reading individually every day. Each child will follow their own individualised pathway through the reading boxes which match their phonics phase and age-related book bands. Children learn their sounds quickly and learn to read with confidence and enjoyment.