About the EYFS
A Typical Day in the Foundation Stage Unit
8:45- 8:55am – ‘Open Door’ time
Parents are asked to bring their child into the classroom and support them in writing their name, for a self dinner register. This will identify if your child is staying dinners or sandwiches. This time is also a chance for parents to speak to the class teacher or another member of the FS team.
8:55am – Register to be taken in bays.
If you arrive late you will need to take your child to the school office.
9:00- 9:15am – Whole Bay Teaching Session 1 – Phonics Time (based on the Read, Write Inc Phonic Scheme). Children will be introduced to the letter phonemes/sounds (1 sound per day). They will practise using their listening skills to distinguish which letter sounds are within words. When able they will practise recording these letters in response to sounds which they can hear, focusing on using the correct letter formation.
9:15 – 9:25 am – Bay Time
All children will receive a piece of fruit as a morning snack. Children may also have milk during this time. Staff read a story or sing songs while children eat their snack.
9:25 – 11:20 am – Free flow of activities.
A range of practical activities are provided covering all 7 areas of learning both indoors and outdoors in the enclosed early years play area, to develop independence, language, social and problem solving skills. There are free choice resources trolleys which enable children to initiate their own play activities based around their interests. Adults encourage and extent children’s curiosity and development by questioning and extending their learning.
11:20-11:30 – Whole unit tidy up. The children are actively encouraged to take some responsibility for the unit and the resources within in.
11:40 – 11: 55am – Whole Bay Teaching Session 2 – Mathematics – focusing on developing early skills and knowledge of numbers, calculating, shapes, space and measures.
11:55 – 12 – Story time
Hand washing and toileting ready for lunch time.
12 – 1:10pm – Lunchtime
1:10 pm – Afternoon registration in Bay groups.
1:15 – 1:30 pm – Whole Bay Teaching Session 3 – Topic
A whole class teaching activity linked to the weekly theme/topic area.
1:30-2:30 pm – Free flow of activities. Children continue to have access to the continuous provision within the unit. Adults encourage and extent children’s curiosity and development by questioning and extending their learning.
2:30 pm – Tidy up and pack away time
The children are actively encouraged to take some responsibility for the unit and the resources within in.
2:40 pm – Afternoon snack
Children will have a small snack such as cheesy crackers or yoghurts. We also try foods from other cultures and talk about the cultures/countries from which they originated. We ask for a contribution of 20p per day towards this please (£1 per week payable on a Monday). If you do not want your child to have this snack or if your child has any allergies please inform a member of the FS team.
2:40 – 3pm – Bay Time / Whole Unit Time
This activity varies during the week and can involve singing, action rhymes, TV time watching Number time or Mr Tumble.
3:05 – 3:15 pm – Preparation for home time
3:15 pm – Home time
Children are to be collected from the external doors to the Bay group. If you are going to be late collecting your child or another person is collecting them please telephone school and let the office staff know. We will not let children go without this permission.