Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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What we do in Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage covers a child’s Pre-School years and their first year at Primary School.

Parents of children who are due to start in September are invited into school in June to meet Foundation Stage staff, receive relevant information and to discuss any specific concerns they might have. They are also given a handbook for their child to fill in, which is returned when children visit the School with their parents in June to meet their new teacher and the Teaching Assistants who will be working with their class. (There are further opportunities for children and parents to visit the school together during the Summer Term.)

Working closely with parents

FS at the woods

Lots of helpers!

In Foundation Stage we see parents as partners in their child’s learning and our teachers work closely with them. We have an open-door policy for parents, and the parent teacher interviews held each autumn and spring offer a specific opportunity to feedback on progress. There are also ‘stay and play’ sessions once every term where parents are invited to join in a variety of activities such as the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and the Nightwalk.

Learning through play

Police visiting our FS

An exciting visit from Ashley, a PCSO!

We believe that children learn best through play-based activities. To that end they are given a wide variety of creative learning opportunities such as cooking, walks in the woods, visits and themed weeks, which include days for dressing-up. In and around the classrooms there are areas that stimulate creative and physical development and allow for sand and water play. There are plenty of chances to meet professionals in the community such as the local vet, police, construction workers and firemen.

The move from Foundation Stage to Year 1 is made as smooth as possible by our Transition Project which is designed to ease children into their new class, and ensure that what they have learned in Foundation Stage is consolidated and built upon.