Welcome to Foundation Stage 2

You and your child are about to take yet another big step in their short life; starting school! We hope you are looking forward to it! Our aim is to make the transition as stress-free as possible for both you and your child.

Before entering Foundation Stage 2, all the children will have visited their new class and met their teacher and class-mates. Children transferring from our Nursery have had their story read in the Nursery by their new teacher. They have visited their new classroom and outdoor area during play sessions and ‘mix-up’ times.

The Foundation 2 year is the second year of the Foundation Stage and follows the same curriculum goals as the Nursery/Foundation 1. Foundation 1 and 2 teachers plan together to ensure that the children receive a balanced and progressing curriculum whenever they transfer from Nursery to school.

In the Foundation 2 year, the children are working on the Early Learning Goals prior to beginning the National Curriculum in Year 1.

The Early Learning Goals are not subject specific, but cover 7 areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive art and design

Over the first few weeks in school, we will be focusing on settling the children in to their new environment. You will receive a ‘certificate’ to let you know how your child has settled at the end of this period. However, if the teacher has any concerns, she will talk to you about them as soon as possible. Likewise, if you have any problems or questions, do come in and speak to the teacher, or if that is difficult because of work commitments, you can have a chat with her over the telephone.

We hope that you and your child will be happy at Banks Road, and that we can work in close partnership with you throughout their stay with us. If any problems or concerns arise, do come and discuss them with us, either the class teacher or the head teacher. If we don’t know that you or your child are unhappy, we cannot begin to address the issue; and unhappy children do not enjoy learning. That is not what any of us want for the children.