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Welcome to

The Foundation Stage

( Nursery and Reception) 

We love to learn by playing and exploring. 

We enjoy learning about lots of different topics.  Watch this space for pictures and information about all our adventures.




We have continued learning all about jungle animals from Africa.  It was been such a successful topic so far, the children are thoroughly enjoying our variety of activities linked to our text 'Dear Zoo'  There are so many animal themed picture books available it is sometimes difficult to choose one to share!

We have had discussions about the difference between animals that are kept in zoos and those that are left to roam 'free'.  What a thoughtful group of children we have, intelligent and knowledgeable responses.


In Nursery the children have all been mark making and talking about there drawings/writing.

In Reception added a new page to the Dear Zoo book, choosing a new pet and then writing a simple sentence about what it can do.  


We are following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and have covered all our single letter sounds. We are beginning to segment and blend the sounds to start our exciting reading journey!  This is a super moment for any teacher.  Please encourage your child to talk about the sounds they have learnt at school. 


In maths we have been combining 2 groups.  The children were encouraged to use a variety of methods to help them find the answer.  We also used Numicon to find ways of making pairs to 10.  

We also learnt the definitions for mathematical vocabulary: groups, total, pair, number bond etc.  Please ask your children about these words.  


We have made a range of crafts linked to jungle animals in preparation for our corridor display.  




  •  If you have any messages regarding change of arrangements at the end of the school day, please send an email/ call the office this ensure we get the messages.  A note will always come through with our register.  
  • As explained in detail on our school newsletter, the children are encouraged to wear their own clothes on their birthday instead of sharing sweets.    
  •  We are still in need of socks, please do send them in if you have any to spare.  



Talking Bags- These will resume after half term. 









In Foundation Stage the staff are -

Mrs Dhariwal, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Kibble , Miss Taylor and Mrs Todorov 


If you have any questions/ queries / comments you can contact us on the email addresses below: 



Mr Boardman  will teach the children PE on a Wednesday morning as he will be covering  PPA time in the setting. 


If you would like to donate anything to The Foundation Stage we can always use cotton wool, junk modelling, newspapers, shaving foam, pasta. jelly, rice and envelopes. 


Do take a look at the photographs, it is fun to see what the children have been doing at school this week.   


Our Autumn term topics are :  Autumn Celebrations  , Light and Dark/ Night and Day/ Christmas 


Please see below for some information about Reception


  • Water bottles are not to be put into book bags..
  • Please can you help your child recognise their own book bags, maybe one small key ring to make it more recognisable. 
  • Bringing in a piece of fruit/ veg for snack time is allowed, however we will provide a daily snack. 
  • Please check that all items of clothing are clearly labelled  We seem to have many items  being misplaced and these are not always labelled.  This makes it quite a difficult task to help the children find their missing clothes!  


P.E will usually be on Wednesday mornings.  Please ensure they have their PE kit in school for the whole week as sometimes we have timetable changes.

Thank you for your support. 

We usually go to the library on a Monday, so please make sure your child has their library book in their book bag.



Please see below for some information about Nursery


Monday - Show and Tell / Weekend News 

Wednesday - Library

Friday We run the Daily Mile.  We would appreciate it if children who attend on that day could wear trainer type shoes.


In phonics we are continuing to listen to and recognise the sounds around us, both outside and inside. 

Reminding your child to be a sound detective will really help develop early phonics skills.  What sounds can they hear around them in the environment and what sounds do they recognise in the words they hear? 


In maths we are really focusing on counting in order 1 - 10 and recognising the numeral that corresponds with the number.  We are also working on careful counting when counting out objects in order to improve accuracy.

Important Dates


Monday 17th February - 21st February 2020 - HALF TERM 

Monday 24th February 2020- Start of second half of Spring Term 

Wednesday 25th March 2020- Early Years (Nursery and Reception) class assembly at 9.15am 

Friday 3rd April 2020- End of term at 2.15pm