Foundation Stage 2022 - 2023

Ms Beaumont

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At Lakeside Foundation Unit we aim to give your child the best start to their education.  By working together as a team we aim for each child to be the best version of themself that they can be in the aim that each child THRIVES.  Our dedicated team of staff support the children to grown in an environment where each child has a Thirst for knowledge, Has a love of learning, where they Respect each other, where each child is Independent, Values the world, is given Exciting opportunities in a Safe and caring environment.  

Our staff are

Mrs Beaumont-Early Years Lead and Class Teacher                            Miss Thiede and Mrs Hadfield- Class Teachers

We are also lucky to have dedicated Teaching Assistants who work within the setting who support the children.  

Mrs Parveen,  Miss Moore,  Mrs Lebeau,  Mrs Milner and Mrs Coleman.

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The children enter the setting at 8:30am and for Reception children they will stay in school until 3:00pm.  

Hours for Nursery children are 8:30am - 11:30am.  and 12:00pm-3:00pm.  Your Nursery child may be eligible for 30 hours funding in which case there is the option to stay all day.  Please speak to the office or Mrs Beaumont for more information.



What your child will learn...

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This half term we are learning about the environments that we share with others, including our homes, school and places in the local community.

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Within our EYFS setting, we follow the children's interests and as the weeks progress we may change direction with our learning.  You will be able to follow our interests on Social Media and via our updates on Tapestry.


Our topic focuses for this half term.

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In Reception the children have a daily Maths lesson.  

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To ensure we support our Nursery children they will also have a short Maths focus session 3 times a week.

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When your child reaches Reception they will begin to follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme.  You will be invited to come and join us for a phonics session following a meeting to find out how your child learns their sounds.  Phonics is taught every day within the class. 

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The first set of sounds your child will learn are these...

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Your child will bring home flashcards to practise saying the sounds at home as well as handwriting practice sheets each week.  More information can be found here on the parent information link: 

Nursery children also have a daily phonics session which explores sounds around them, rhythm and rhyme as well as sound talk which looks at blending and segmenting sounds they can hear eg h-a-t is hat.


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At Lakeside we want every child to have the opportunity to learn to read and develop a love of reading.  

The children will have the opportunity to bring home a library book to share with their adult at home.  

Here is a little video which explains why it is important to read:

Reading opens doors to other worlds and supports developing imagination.

Reading is a treat.

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This term we are launching our new Online Learning Journals where we will be sharing your child's learning with you.  It is a fantastic opportunity for you to see what your child is learning in school as well as providing the opportunity for you to share what your child is learning at home by sending in photographs and notes.  There will be updates of what we will be learning each week added to the Memos so that you can enjoy talking to your child about what they have been learning in school.

More information will be sent out with information of how to log onto the website along with instructions shortly.




After October half term we will begin our 'Stay and Play' sessions on a Friday afternoon where parents are invited to join us from 2:00pm for an hour. You will be able to join with your child in their learning, ending with a fun sing-a-long session.  This is an opportunity for you to spend quality time with your child learning in the setting and  gives you an opportunity to look through their learning journey and talk to the staff.  


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The children will be visiting our Forest School once a week in their teaching groups.  You will be given more information about which day your child is going soon.  Please remember all children need to have brought into school a pair of wellies and an all in one snow suit/waterproof ready to enjoy the outdoors!



No question is a silly question, the staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 


The Foundation Team



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