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The Foundation Stage Dolphins

Our classrooms and class structure:

The foundation stage is accommodated in two single rooms with adjoining partition which is always open. Each room has 2 toilets and washbasins, there is also a sink. Each classroom has an external door which leads to a fenced outside classroom and an internal door which leads to the library and the rest of the school. We also have access to a communial quadrangle area with a mud kitchen, musical instruments, mini beast areas, sand and activity trays. 

We plan a learning environment both indoors and outdoors, which encourages a positive approach to learning. We use materials and equipment that reflect both the community that the children come from and the wider world. Having a variety of adult initiated and child initiated activities encourages the children to become independent learners, whilst adult led activities allow the Foundation Stage team to focus on particular areas of learning.

Classes will be parallel with an equal mixture of children with regards to age and gender wherever possible. We have open plan classrooms so the children have lots of opportunities to mix both inside and outside, initiated by both themselves and activities set up by us.  
We have small classes of 22 or 23 pupils in each room. 
Classes are determined after the first play afternoon, and the information provided by yourselves in the Journeying Together form. We will also speak to previous settings to support us with the class selections. We endeavour to ensure that each child is with one of their requested friends.

We will notify you which class your child will be in via email the week beginning 10 July 2023, therefore your child will know who their class teacher will be in time for our 2nd playdate on Friday 14th July. 

Our little world!

We are very lucky and have lots of lovely areas where we spend our time. Please share these photos with your child to help them become familiar with the school environment. 

Our Curriculum

Please click the image below to find out more about assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Baseline Assessment measures a child's ability in reading and mathematics upon entry into the school. This is completed within the first few weeks of your child starting school. 

The new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum came into force in September 2021. This is the statutory curriculum for the year, progress of the Early Learning Goals is reported at the end of the academic year. 

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A year in the Dolphins

Click on the Dolphins to get an inside of life in the Dolphins classrooms and the topics we cover. 

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Our staff:

The Foundation Stage team comprises of four members, all of whom have a wealth of experience in the Foundation Stage. We are fortunate enough to have a full time teaching assistant in each classroom but all work together closely to plan your child's curriculum and individual needs. 

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Mrs Jodie Philp

Welcome to Ingatestone Infant School and the Foundation Stage Dolphins. I am currently the Foundation Stage Leader and Deputy Headteacher of the school. I have spent many years in the Foundation Stage and truely believe it is one of the most important years in a child's Primary education. I teach the Grey Dolphins with the support of Mrs Satchell

Mrs Sophie Allen

Hi, I am Miss Allen and I am the class teacher in the Pink Dolphins. I am lucky enough to have started my teaching career here as a student 6 years ago and was thrilled to join the Dolphin team once I qualified. I couldn't have asked for a better team to have joined as I feel, as a team, we all possess those important qualities needed for that important first year at school. 


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Mrs Kathy Harris

Hello, I'm Mrs Harris. I work with the Pink Dolphins supporting Mrs Allen. I love coming to school everyday and I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

Mrs Beverly Satchell

Hello everyone I am Mrs Satchell. I work with the Grey Dolphins everyday and look after the children at lunchtime. I have been here for over 15 years. 

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