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Supporting Children's Learning at Home

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to FS1! We hope you have all had a lovely relaxing summer – we are excited to start your child’s learning journey with us!

We would like to share with you some of the things we are going to be focussing on this half-term in FS1. Please remember that you are welcome to look at the planning displayed on the window in the base also. We are continually planning for children’s next steps and in addition, take account of children’s interests through our planning of the activities below:

  • Phonics- Phase 1 phonics activities within the provision and supported in adult led activities to support early reading.
  • Autumn- including observations in the outdoor environment, looking at and making patterns and discussions about dressing to keep warm.
  • Key texts- Linked to children’s next steps, we will be sharing the stories ‘Little Red Hen’ and ‘Owl Babies’. We will be linking these stories to different activities and in many areas of the provision to support oral storytelling and retelling of the story.  
  • Learning about each other’s likes, dislikes and similarities and differences.
  • We will also be exploring Harvest Festival, learning songs and rhymes and discussing the importance of this festival.
  • Additionally, we will be learning lots of songs focusing on number and recapping familiar nursery rhymes in preparation for Nursery Rhyme Week in November 2018.
  • To develop our children’s knowledge of fitness and to support physical development we will be taking part in a National fitness themed week. This will take place week beginning Monday 24th September.

We are always looking to incorporate your child’s interests in our planning. On the window, outside FS1, there is a laminated sheet for you to add your child’s interests to enable us to use these in our planning.

General Notices

Children are provided with a bag to hang on their peg; this is to be used for storing: wellington boots, pumps, spare clothes including pants and socks. Due to space limitations, we would ask that no child brings a rucksack to Nursery as unfortunately there is not enough space for each child to have a rucksack.

We would politely remind families that toys from home are not allowed in the centre. This is to prevent children from becoming upset if their own toys get lost.

As children are becoming more independent, please continue to encourage them to put on their own shoes and zip up their own coats. We are so proud of the children for trying so hard with both of these aspects of dressing themselves so far.


From week commencing 24th September, once children have put their name card in the basket, we will be encouraging them to complete either a literacy or numeracy activity before they choose their own area of learning. For example, this could be a counting activity, name writing, mark making, shape sorting, reading a book.   

Stay and Play

We would like to invite you to a stay and play on Wednesday 17th October at 8.45 – 9.30am and 12.15pm – 13.00pm to learn more about how we develop early reading skills. Please can you return the attached slip to confirm if you are able to attend.

Settling in meetings

Key worker information is now available and is stuck on the wall in the cloakroom. Staff will shortly be arranging settling in meetings with Parents/Carers to discuss how your child has settled into the FS1 base.

Please feel free to speak to a member of staff if you would like any further information.

Thank you for your continued support.

The FS1 Team



There are many ways to support your child's learning at home.  One of them is through attending a worksop at the Centre.  These can cover many different aspects such as early reading and writing, Early Years Foundation Stage, problem solving and numeracy, outdoor play etc.  However if you are unable to attend the workshops we will include the presentations here on our website.

File icon: pdf Booklet for parents Phase 2 [pdf 29KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Information about mark-making and Letters and Sounds [pdf 13KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Letters and Sounds activites for use at home [pdf 60KB] Click to download