When children start at Blue Coat, they will be completing their final year of the Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage curriculum promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for good progress through school and life.
We make every effort to make the transition from pre-school, where they will have begun their learning journey, to school as easy as possible. We liaise closely with staff in their pre-school settings to ensure they have a smooth and happy start at Blue Coat.
We are very lucky here in Class Discovery to be able to share your children’s first year in school with them. All of the adults are committed to making every day exciting and full of fun and learning as they support the children in the next steps of their learning journey.
Our aim at Bluecoat is that every child makes outstanding progress and no child gets left behind; we want to provide a secure foundation through providing learning and development opportunities that are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child. Central to this is the partnership between the Early Years team and parents and/or carers ensuring that each child has equality of opportunity and that every child is included and supported.
Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book.
This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
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Please see the Phase 2 grapheme information sheet to find out about the sounds being taught in autumn term 1.
We will also be introducing 3 tricky words. Please see the EYFS Tricky Word progression document below.
Please click on the following link to find helpful videos offering support for parents. In particular we would recommend familiarising yourself with the pronunciation of sounds, the teaching of blending and the teaching of tricky words.