The Foundation Stage at Thorneyholme School includes Nursery and Reception Pupils. They are taught in small groups by Miss McKelvie, Mrs Entwistle and Mrs Allen. We were presented with 'The Step into Quality' Mark for the Early Years in November 2017. The classroom has access to approximately 2 acres of outdoor space, where children have free access to 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.
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.
Monday mornings are when we have dedicated time for Forest learning with Mrs Entwistle who is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader (other additional opportunities to learn in the forest are also planned into the weekly timetable). Forest school is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. After each session the children fill in a floor book showing and explaining what they have learnt or done that afternoon.
Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to sports which is taught with Miss McKelvie, alongside one of the highly skilled Pro Sport Coaching Ltd coaches.