Our Foundation Stage class is something we are really proud of at Great Dalby Primary School.

Miss Jenkins is our Foundation Stage teacher. Miss Hastings is the teaching assistant in the classroom. We are also very lucky because lots of volunteers want to help us, including our chair of governors and parent helpers who do many cooking and craft activities with the children!

Our Classroom is zoned into different themed areas to support independent learning. We have a role-play area, snack zone, creative and messy area (this includes opportunities for the children to cut, stick, paint, draw, build …) a malleable area, sand and water, a writing station, computer access, small world, construction, a comfy book corner with listening centre, outdoors and maths table. There is also a ‘working table’ where we can support adult led learning.

We use the children’s ideas to help us plan our topics and always react to events within our school community and the news to ensure the children have a broad and balanced learning experience.

We are always observing the children to gain evidence for assessments. We use individual learning journey scrapbooks and a piece of software on our class I Pad to keep everything safe for the children and parents to look at. We invite our parents in regularly to ‘have a look’ at their child’s learning journeys; this also gives us the opportunity to add evidence from home.

The relationship between school and home is very important to us and to the children’s learning and, as parents know their children better than anyone, we welcome any information they can provide us with.