Foundation Stage


 Spring Term 2018

31.1.18   We have had a super first half term. The children are working so hard on their reading skills and are improving day by day!   🙂

Last week we had visits from the fire brigade and the police service which was very exciting. The children are busy making a role play fire engine and police car.

We now have the school pets Doris and Daphne and it exciting each week to find out who is taking home our class tortoise teddy.

We have been reading “This is the Bear” this week and today we sorted out some rubbish and discussed recycling.


Second half of the Autumn term 2017…

What a busy and exciting first half term we have all had. The new Reception children have settled into school so well and we are all so proud of them. The children loved cooking gingerbread men and were brilliant at re-telling the story using actions and pictures. We also learnt about Diwali and created some Mehndi hand patterns too.

This next half term is just as exciting. Our weekly focus moves to Fireworks to begin with, then to books such as ‘Slow Loris’, ‘The Owl Babies’ and a firm favourite ‘The Tiger who came to tea’.

The children have worked so hard in phonics sessions so far and are really enjoying using their phonic keyrings. We sing songs and do actions to help us remember each new phoneme.

As we move into December we will then begin to focus on Christmas and will all be very excited to share our Christmas Workshop with parents.

Autumn term 2017

We will be spending time settling into our new classes and getting to know one another. We will be exploring the garden and school grounds by taking part in a treasure hunt and a nature walk in the first few days of school.

It will be exciting going into the hall for our school lunches and playtimes will be very busy as we start making new friends.

Once we have settled into school for a few weeks then we will begin our daily phonics sessions which are lots of fun. They involve, singing, doing actions and playing class games.  Our topic until half term is fairy tales so the children will explore some familiar stories and characters – the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs. We are really looking forward to this exciting first half term.

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Summer Term 2017 – Holly and Willow Classes

30th April 2017

Holly and Willow children both thoroughly enjoyed their first Forest School afternoons this month. They explored the mud kitchen; cooking up mud brownies and mud pies. The children made dens, climbed trees and searched for mini-beasts. All the children really enjoyed being outdoors and exploring the woods. We can’t wait for our next session!

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April 2017

A busy summer term approaches us! The children have worked so hard over the past Spring Term and we are so pleased with their progress.

Our topic for this term is ‘Living things’ and this encompasses a wide range of weekly mini-topics. Through stories such as ‘Dinosaur Roar’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and  ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’  we will explore topics about dinosaurs, growing plants and mini beasts. We will all thoroughly enjoy our outdoor garden area now the weather is a little better and have lots of outdoor learning planned.  Holly and Willow classes are both partaking in Forest Schools this term – which we are all very excited about!



Spring Term 2017 – Holly and Willow Classes

February 2017.

We have had a super Spring Term so far. Our topic is ‘People who help us’ and so we have had some special visitors. The police and fire brigade both came in to see us – this was amazing. The children asked lots of super questions and enjoying looking at their equipment.  The highlight was seeing their emergency vehicles! These visits inspired lots of wonderful writing and role-play.

Mrs Castle and Mrs Spinks

Autumn Term 2016 – Holly and Willow Classes

September 2016.

This is a busy term for the Foundation Stage children. We are welcoming them into their new classes and helping them to settle into school life. The children are exploring the Foundation Stage garden, the hall, the ICT suite, the playing field and of course their new classrooms. So many new things to experience!3 pigs pic

In a few weeks time we will begin some topic work –  sharing the story “The Three Little Pigs”. We will enjoy looking at various versions of this fairytale and will be trying to re-tell it using puppets. Our theme for this half term is “Fairytales and Traditional Tales”. Other books we will look at are “Rapunzel” and “The Gingerbread Man”.

Mrs Castle and Mrs Spinks



HOLLY AND WILLOW CLASSES   –    Summer Term 2016 – Foundation Stage This half terms topic is “Living Things”. We have begun the term looking at Dinosaurs and exploring fossils – even creating our own fossils!dino trial We have read the books “Harry and his Bucketful of dinosaurs” and “Dinosaur Roar”. We have been practising our writing. We painted dinosaurs and then thought about adjectives to describe them. Quite a challenge!harry and dinosaurs Over the coming few weeks we are going to be looking at the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, planting our own runner beans of course! We will be acting out the story and writing captions to match pictures from the story. beans We will then move onto mini-beasts until the half term, looking at life cycles, mini-beast habitats and sorting types of creatures. Books we plan to share are “The very hungry caterpillar”  “The very lazy ladybird” and “Billy’s Beetle”.beetlecaterpillarladybird After half term our topic will be “Water” so we will be focusing on pirates, boats and creatures that live under the Sea. It will be in this half term that we start to think about our next classes as we prepare to move into KS1! pirate boat A busy but exciting term for Holly and Willow children.

Holly and Willow


Spring 2016.

Things have changed this half term!  We have decided to swap the half termly topics around so that we are looking at “people who help us ” first, followed by “around the world” after half term. The children have loved learning about the Police and the Fire Brigade. We were very lucky and have already enjoyed a visit from some firefighters and their fire engine. We are eagerly awaiting forthcoming visits from the Police and Ambulance service – all very exciting. The children have enjoyed the class role-play areas and this has stimulated lots of lovely writing and of course lots of dressing up.

IMG_3037   Towards the end of this half term we will be learning about Chinese New Year and thinking about how people celebrate  this festival.   Traditional-Chinese-Lantern     A phonics website to try at home…. A maths website to try at home…