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Foundation Stage

Welcome to Early Years

(Nursery and Reception)


  Here you will find all the information you need to know about the learning taking place in the

Foundation Stage.


Our topics this term are Minibeasts, Golden Jubilee and People Who Help Us 

Summer (second half) - Under the Sea , Holidays and Moving On

Whilst we provide learning opportunities in various areas of the curriculum In Early Years we will follow the interests of the children taking their lead as appropriate.


Things you could do at home to support this topic are:

  • Talk to your child about minibeasts, can the children name  minibeasts that they know?
  • Visit the local library to share books/poems  about minibeasts.
  • Share rhymes – Incy Wincy Spider, Ladybird , Ladybird fly away home etc.   Can the children do all the actions?
  • Write a sentence / caption about minibeasts.
  • Draw/ create pictures about different minibeasts.
  • Go on a minibeast hunt , look under pots and stones. You may even find some on leaves or bushes and possibly near some flowers.  Draw a picture or take a photograph of your favourites. 
  • Watch clips about minibeasts–Life of Insects | Attenborough: Life in the Undergrowth | BBC Earth
  • Kung Fu Mantis Vs Jumping Spider | Life Story | BBC
  • Make minibeasts using recycled materials
  • More information about the  will be shared via the website.
  • Talk to your child about people who help us, can the children name some of the people in our community?
  • Visit the local library to share books about policemen/ women, firefighters, doctors, nurses etc. 
  • Write a sentence / caption about People Who Help Us.
  • Draw/ create pictures about People Who Help Us
  • Visit a local fire station- Crowthorne 
  • Watch clips about People Who Help Us – Fireman Sam, Paw Patrol etc. 
  • Sing songs about  People Who Help Us



In Reception our first English unit of work will be based on the story of Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd, followed by Oi Frig by Kes Gray and Jim Field.   

In this sequence, which will take approximately 3 weeks to cover, the children set up and create labels for an Animal Shelter. Some cats and dogs arrive and the children help settle them before reading Hairy Maclary. They play Match the Mutt, create a Character Splat, research and write some facts about cats and then devise a story not dissimilar to Hairy Maclary but this time about a group of cats who are frightened away by Riptail Paw – a dog version of Scarface Claw, the menace of a cat who appears in Hairy Maclary.


We continue to follow White Rose curriculum in Maths and the Reception topic overview can be found on the Maths Curriculum page by clicking here.


In Reception our PE day will continue to be on Fridays.

Please remember to come to school wearing your PE kit for the time being.  

In Nursery our PE day is on Wednesday, please wear sensible shoes.


Please ensure you bring your, reading diary and reading book to school every day.  


Other helpful reminders:


Snacks: Fresh fruit or vegetables


Water bottles- Labelled and not to be kept in book bags please.


Book bags- Please send them to school daily. 


Our library day is on Monday for Reception and Nursery


As the weather changes, please ensure your child has a coat with them every day.  We will be going outside for a lot of our learning.  If the children have wellington boots we will change them from school shoes so that they can enjoy being outdoors without the fear of wet feet!


We have talked about learning how to put on and take off our coats independently. 

We would appreciate your support with this.


***Please upload photographs to Tapestry if you wish to do so.


We look forward to sharing all the activities that your child does at home. ***




Mrs Dhariwal and Mrs Gleed


Please feel free to contact us at the following email address: