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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary Academy

An academy of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Foundation Stage Studies

    For Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Foundation Stage News

    Week 2 Term 1   2019/20

    First full week!

    Our first full week comes to an end and what a busy and exciting week it has been! We started our ‘I Am Special’ topic by talking about what we enjoy doing and our favourite things. We looked at the different family photos that the children brought in and discussed who is in our family.

    We also read the story Elma and discussed how we are individual and it’s okay to be different.

    Read write inc. (RWI)

    RWI is the systematic phonics programme that we use at our school. At the moment we are teaching RWI as a whole class and we are introducing a new sound daily. By the end of term 1 all the children’s phonic knowledge will be assessed and then we will group them accordingly, into smaller focused groups to continue our daily phonics teaching.  We are going to continue to send home flash cards of the sounds already taught in school, please practise these sounds with your child making sure you are saying the sound rather than the letter name.  At the bottom of this link there is a short video demonstrating how to pronounce the sounds correctly. If your child is confident at recognising these sounds see if you can make any three letter words e.g. sad, pin, tip, using the sound cards. Please keep the sounds in the plastic wallets and bring them to school each day, so that we are able to add more sounds each week.

    Cursive handwriting

    In Foundation Stage we teach the children to write in a cursive style right from the start. We will teach your child to form every letter with an entry stroke, which we call a whoosh and then they form the letter in the traditional way.  We teach the children little rhymes to help them remember how to form the letters.

    Although the cursive style can seem quite tricky to start with, you will really see the benefits when your child starts to join with ease later on in their school life without having to learn new ways to form the letters. We have also sent home handwriting sheets for your children to practise forming their letters correctly at home.

             Silk scarves and hankies

    Next week we are going to start a physical development programme called ‘Squiggle whilst you Wiggle’. This is a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills. Through Squiggle While You Wiggle, children use ‘Flipper Flappers’ (pieces of fabric/scarves/hankies) in each hand to rehearse a range of shapes in the air, which lead children onto forming the letters correctly on paper.

    If parents have any silk/polyester scarfs, handkerchiefs or fabric that they can donate to help us make the flipper flappers we would be very grateful.

    Class library book

    Today every child has chosen a book to bring home and share with you.  This is a book to read together for enjoyment and as you read the story take time to discuss the pictures and what is happening in the text. Let your child hold the book and turn the pages themselves. Please bring this book back next Friday and they will have an opportunity to change it.



    Class Mascot

    Each class has its own fluffy mascot.  Every week a child that has achieved something special will be chosen to take the mascot home for the weekend.  The mascot has its own book for you to update with all your weekend adventures.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Highwood

     Week 1 Term 1

    Welcome to Paddock Wood Primary Academy

    We have had a lovely first week with the children. They have settled in really well and we are very proud of them.


    This week we have been making friends, learning the school routines and exploring both the indoor and outdoor environment.  We have started phonics lessons and explored numbers through songs and counting.


    Next week we are starting our topic ‘I am Special’. As part of our topic work we would like children to bring in a photo of themselves with their family, for us to discuss and use in a classroom display.

    Snack time

    We have introduced a rolling snack table in the morning. The children have the chance to sit and have their snack in a small group. This gives the adults the opportunity to get to know the children and their individual interests and gives children the confidence to communicate with their peers in a smaller group.

    Class fund

    In Foundation Stage children use a wide range of resources to extend their learning across the curriculum. To enable us to buy additional exciting and interesting equipment to enhance your child’s provision, we are asking for a voluntary contribution of 50p a week. Please put your contribution in the money box by their classroom door. We will use the weekly newsletter to update you on how the money is spent.

    Important notice

    We have a few children in school with severe nut allergies, please could we remind all parents that school premises are NUT FREE. If children are bringing a packed lunch to school it is important that there are no products in the lunch box that contain nuts.



    To keep you updated about what we are doing each week, we will now email our weekly newsletter to you every Friday afternoon. If you have any difficulties receiving the newsletter please let the school office know.   

    Can you help us?

    To celebrate European Languages Day on Thursday 26th September, we are having a themed learning week based on different European countries. If any parents, grandparents or carers are able to come into school to share a different language or experience of a different country with the children we would love to hear from you.


    We hope that you all have a fantastic weekend and that the children enjoy a very well deserved rest!

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Highwood


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