About this class

Our Early Years Foundation Stages at Manadon Vale provides a warm and nurturing environment where our youngest learners can explore and discover the world around them through play-based activities and experiences.

Meet the team

Miss Amy Ranjbar

Miss Amy Ranjbar

Foundation Stage Lead
Squirrels
Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Whole School PPA & Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Miss Alesha Snelson

Miss Alesha Snelson

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant
Hedgehogs
Mrs Lisa Moulding

Mrs Lisa Moulding

Foundation Stage Teacher
Hedgehogs
Mrs Ruth Coupland

Mrs Ruth Coupland

Foundation Stage Teacher
Hedgehogs
Mrs Kirsty Voden

Mrs Kirsty Voden

Foundation Stage Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Squirrels

General Information

Please ensure all school uniform is clearly named.

Book Bag (named):

All children require a book bag which they will need to bring every day.

Water bottle (named):

A clear, water bottle with a sports-flip lid.  NO JUICE PLEASE!

Fruit Snack:

The children are invited to bring a healthy snack (clearly named) for their morning playtime snack. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to have milk each morning and choose apiece of fruit every afternoon in school. 

PE Days:

Outdoor Games: Tuesday

Indoor PE: Thursday

On PE day, please wear PE kit into school.

Tapestry

Tapestry is the online learning journal we use at school to share your child’s achievements. We appreciate feedback from parents and encourage comments made following the observations we make in school. In addition to this we ask parents to include any observations of learning or achievements from home.

We are looking forward to a fun year and thank you in advance for working in partnership with us as your child starts their school journey.

Yearly Overview of Foundation Stage

We plan to deliver the following topics over the year, although these are open to change.  This is because we often find learning opportunities following children’s interests or what is happening in the wider world.

Autumn 1

  • All About Me
  • Superheroes
  • Autumn

Autumn 2

  • Traditional Stories
  • Christmas

Spring 1

  • Dinosaurs

Spring 2

  • New Life
  • Easter

Summer 1

  • A Life on the Ocean Wave

Summer 2

  • A Life on the Ocean Wave (continued)

Termly Overview of Foundation Stage

Autumn Term

This term we will focus on the children settling in and becoming familiar with our rules and routines.

We will be introducing new phonemes in phonics and whilst also reinforcing those we have already taught. This will also include learning some digraphs. Much of the focus will be on segmenting and blending phonemes to read and write simple words. We will be learning ‘harder to read and spell words (those which are irregular such as ‘I’, ‘no’, ‘the’) for the children to try to recognise and read.

We will also be looking at some traditional tales this term, including ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three LittlePigs’.  The children will be developing their use of story language by sequencing the main features of stories. There will be role play and small world activities based around traditional tales aspart of our Continuous Provision.

In maths we will be continuing to think about how numbers are represented, comparing numbers and counting moveable and static objects accurately (1:1correspondence). We will be learning about the properties of 2D shape, positional language and sequencing events in a typical day. We hope to make gingerbread when we learn about language relating to size, length and weight.

We will also be learning about one more and one less and beginning to add and subtract, recognising the appropriate symbols.

Spring Term

We will be looking at information texts, poems and rhymes, and stories as part of our work on Dinosaurs this term.  

We will be continuing to introduce new phonemes and reinforce those we have already taught. This will include more digraphs (where two letters make one sound eg. ch, sh, th, ee). Much of the focus will be on segmenting (sounding out) and blending (putting the sounds back together) to make simple regular words. We will be introducing more ‘harder to read and spell’ words for the children to try to recognise and read.

We will be continuing with our work focusing on deepening understanding of numbers up to 10, this will include composition of all numbers to 10 and continuation of subitising skills. We will be beginning to explore number bonds (pairs of numbers) to 5 and eventually will ask children to recall these without the support of resources e.g. 10s frames and double sided counters. We will be looking at numerical patterns, counting beyond 20 and discussing what we notice. Our exploration of 2D and 3D shapes and their properties will be continuing.

Summer Term

We will be reading a range of stories, rhymes and non-fiction books looking at pirates and sea life as part of our work thisterm.

We will be continuing to work on phonics by introducing new phonemes and reinforce thosewe have already learnt. We will also be practising reading and writing more ‘harder to read and spell’ words and going over previous learning in preparation for Year 1.

We will be re-visiting addition and subtraction again this term to ensure that the children are confident in using these skills. We will be recalling +/- facts to 5 and also some number pairs that total 10, so we will also be spending some more time consolidating these skills. We will also be looking at developing spatial reasoning skills and direction along with halving, doubling and sharing.

We will be continuing to focus on learning to count in 2s,10s and 5s and using these number facts to solve problems. The children will build upon their knowledge of pattern, applying this skill to recognising odd and even numbers.

Year Notices:

05/02/24
Over the half term holiday, we would like to invite the children to make a weather diary - this can be completed as creatively as your child likes! These will be used to help support your child's learning in class.

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In Foundation Stage we have been finding out about Lunar New Year. One of the traditions we have been learning about is the wishing tree. Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of festivities. Every year, billions of people around the world gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year. We wrote our own wishes to add to our tree!
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4S have been working hard and sculpting their final art pieces! The children have explored, planned and created clay busts in the style of our Spring term artist Henry Moore 🏺🖌️
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Tamar 🔵 and Meavy 🟡 houses are loving their cinema afternoon for winning the House Points competition in the Autumn term! The children used democracy to vote for their choice of reward and for which film they would watch this afternoon. Have a lovely half term everyone. ☺️ Mrs Gilbride
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MVPS Whole School Writing Competition. ✍️📝🏆💙 We have 7 x £5 book vouchers up for grabs that can be used at our book fair (week beginning 11th March 2024) to purchase a book! There will be one winner from each year group. How to enter: -Write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Your story can be about whatever you want! We want to see you using your imagination and dreaming up your own world. -EYFS and children who may find writing challenging- Can you draw a story including a beginning, middle and end? Challenge: Try and use the skills that you have been taught in class throughout your writing. Staff from the school will then vote on the 7 winners! The winning stories will also be on display during the book fairs and published on our school Facebook page. Please send all entries to your class teacher by Wednesday 28th February. The winners will be announced on Friday 8th March. Terms and conditions of the voucher: 1. Valid for one transaction from your Scholastic Book Fair only. 2. Defaced or photocopied vouchers not accepted. 3. No change given for items less than full value. Wishing all of our families and friends a wonderful half term break. Thank you for your continued support, Happy writing, Miss Harris.
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2C are authors 📚📝 We have loved our creative writing unit this half term. Daisy Doodles has been our focused book. The children have produced their own version as an independent write with the challenge of including alliteration, expanded noun phrases and similes.
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Great shooting at Thornbury from team Manadon. Well done.
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World Book Day continued…. 📚 Children are able to wear their pyjamas if they want as there are lots of book characters that wear pyjamas. They could also come as a ‘child’ from a story and wear normal mufti. 🙃💙
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Please follow the link to see how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books. 💙
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World Book Day 2024 is taking place on Thursday 7th March 2024, and all children and staff at MVPS are invited to dress up as their favourite book characters. Today, all children will be leaving school with their £1 tokens. The £1 tokens and £1 books give all children the chance to choose and own a book – for free. The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers. Use your World Book Day £1 book token to get one of these brilliant reads for free between 15th February and 31st March 2024 or you can use it to get £1 off any book £2.99+ at the school bookfair in the week beginning Monday 11th March- further details to follow. Children can use their £1 token at a range of shops including Asda, Blackwell’s, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, The Works and hundreds of independent booksellers. Find your nearest bookseller at worldbookday.com/participating-retailers World Book Day and Oxford Children’s have worked with the 2024 £1publishers on dressing up templates and ideas to create low-cost costumes related to the 2024 £1 books. Ideas of how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books will be uploaded in the next post. These ideas will also be emailed out to all parents/carers today.
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Maths games!!!! 2C have been adding and subtracting from 20, practising our times tables and showing understanding of greater than and less than
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Year 2 only!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Due to the very wet field, our Friday football won’t be going ahead tomorrow. Please look in book bags for a letter explaining our plan to continue lunchtime football next term. It’s open to all boys in Year 2. There will be opportunities for girls to play after Easter. Don’t worry, they won’t miss out. Mr Cuzner
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Year 2 have loved having district sport this term⚽️🏀🥎
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✏️🐱 Animal Poetry! 🦜✏️ Year 1 have been reading poems by Joshua Seigal this week! We enjoyed the poem 'Never' so much that we decided to write our own in the same style. The children did a wonderful job at choosing which animals to write about and came up with some rather hilarious ideas on things to 'never' do to animals for their final write! We're SO proud of them! 🧡 Here's a little taster to make you smile;
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Our wonderful ‘Young Voices’ singers made it into The Plymouth Chronicle - page 10. Lovely and proud memories of a very special trip a fortnight ago! 🎵
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Year 2 had a great time running the gauntlet in PE this morning. They have worked hard on their throwing, catching and rolling skills this term.
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Free craft workshops 🎨 This sounds wonderful ✨
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**Update on the Accelerated Reader reward system** From tomorrow, all children who receive 80% or above on a quiz (in the top half of their ZPD) will receive a raffle ticket 🎟️ 🥳💙🤓 EYFS and year 2 not on Accelerated Reader will remain the same 😊 3 names will be chosen each week by their class teacher. 👩🏼‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Thank you, Miss Harris.
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Year 6 were invited by Devonport High School for Girls to go and watch their production ‘The Addams Family’. We had a truly fantastic morning watching the performance. The show was incredible and really inspiring for our year 6s thinking about their transition to secondary. 🎭 🎶
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