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Welcome to FS1

The adults that work with FS1 are:

  • Mrs Smith (Teacher)
  • Ms Newton (Teacher)
  • Miss Hulcup (Early Years Practitioner)
  • Miss Sudds (Teaching Assistant)

‘Fee fi fo fum!’ There is a giant in FS1.

We love stories and have enjoyed the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week. We have also planted beans and sunflowers in and hope they sprout and find a home in our garden. PM children made up a wonderful story about a princess and a pirate- thanks Miss Hulcup for helping gather their ideas. See the back of the newsletter for a copy! Children are beginning to understand more of how a story is structured and how we can use our imagination. This all helps enrich language. 


'Play is the highest form of research' Albert Einstein

Playing is the best way for children to learn during this stage of their development. Playing is never wasted time. At each activity the children are learning a huge range of social skills and concepts. Foundations are being laid that will be built on for the rest of their lives. Each activity that the children play at during the day will fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Expressive arts and design
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world 

To learn more about the Early Years Foundation Stage please click here

Be prepared

Each day your child will need to bring....

1. Their Reading folder
2. Spare clothes labelled with their name
3. A warm waterproof coat
4. Sturdy shoes

Home/School Links

Children learn best when there are strong links forged between home and school. As parents/carers, I'm sure that you are keen to help your child in their learning and development. Here are some things that you can be doing at home that would make a big impact on developing your child's speech and language, imagination and physical skills:

  • Enjoy sharing a book with your child. Don't worry if they don't recognise any words yet - read the story to them and point out things in the pictures. Ask them questions based on what you are reading, for example, if the book is about colours you could ask them 'what's your favourite colour?'. The library is a fantastic resource for access to hundreds of free books!
  • Greenwich is full of some wonderful parks. Take your child to the park to let off steam and to develop their gross motor skills.
  • There are many free museums in Greenwich and London. Make the most of these fabulous opportunities to expose your child to new experiences.
  • Read the FS1 newsletters that explain what your child is learning in class at the moment. There are lots of practical things explained on the letter that you can do or talk about at home.
  • This one should come first in the list as in my opinion it is the most important - do lots of talking to your child and lots of playing. Try to limit the amount of time that your child spends watching television or playing on a computer/tablet. When you have conversations with your child you are helping to develop their vocabulary and teaching them important conversational skills. When you're going somewhere, point out things that you notice and respond to the things your child notices. Join in with your child's play - whether it's building with blocks or playing with a toy car, they will love to have you down on their level, joining in too!
  • Use everyday routines as learning opportunities. Walking up and down stairs is a great opportunity to practise counting; waiting at the bus stop is a great time to talk about numbers as the different buses go past; you could talk about colours as you walk past houses with different coloured doors.
  • Encourage your child to be as independent as possible. Let them try putting on their own socks and shoes...if they can't do it it's fine - but important that they are having a try and taking responsibility for themselves. Give them other small tasks to do - helping you mix something when you are cooking, pour milk on their own cereal, put the key in the door.......children love to help with tasks that we as adults might see as mundane!

Letter Sounds

When you are reading with your child or talking about letters - please use the sounds that letters make, rather than the names. The children will learn the letter names but the first thing they need to know is the sound. In school we sometimes sing the 'Jolly Phonics' rhymes to help us with the letter sounds.  click the link below to watch the Jolly Phonics Video via You Tube.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds