Foundation Blog

Welcome to the blog for our foundation classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Barwin

Blue Class Teacher

Miss Lewis

Red Class Teacher

Mrs Reed

Additional Teaching Support

Mrs Haynes

Additional Teaching Support

Our children usually start school, aged 4, into the Foundation Stage Classes. We believe that they should have a slow and steady start to school so that they can become confident in their surroundings and their teachers, feel safe and supported by the routines and valued as individuals to learn and grow in every way. The children enjoy their learning which follows the guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We offer the children a wide range of stimulating and enriched experiences, both indoors and outdoors, so they can develop their skills in an interesting context.

A busy first week back in Reception

We have had a great first week back at school.  This week we have been;

  • Learning about 3D shapes, including counting their faces, vertices and edges
  • Learning about positional language, such as on, in, under, behind, next to…
  • Learning about The Gunpowder Plot, making firework pictures by flicking or blowing paint
  • Learning about Diwali, making Diva Lamps, Rangoli patterns and Stick Puppets from the story of Rama and Sita
  • Thinking about Remembrance Sunday, making poppies and acknowledging the 2 minute silence in Assembly with Miss Cooper

This weekend, if you are out and about, please look out for 3D shapes and see if your child can name them.  We have been learning about, cube, cuboid, cone, pyramid, sphere and cylinder.  For example, a ball is a sphere, a tin of beans is a cylinder, a box of tissues might be a cube or cuboid etc.

We are starting our trips to the Care Home on Tuesday, if you haven’t seen the new series, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, we really would recommend it.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

We’ve made it. Red and Blue Class

Well done to all of our Reception children, who have managed their first half term in School (8 weeks, but nobody was counting.)

They have done extremely well, experiencing many things for the first time.

We hope that you have a great week, enjoy the break/rest and we look forward to seeing you all on the 5th November for lots of fun, including our Christmas Play, more details to follow.

Thank you to all of our parents for your support this half term, we do appreciate it.

Ask your children to tell you all about Remembrance Day and Firework Safety/Guy Fawkes.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

EYFS had a very busy week

This week, Red and Blue Classes have had a very busy week.

We began the week by introducing addition explaining how two parts combined make a whole. They orally began to use the language of plus, for example the parts are 2 and 1, the whole is 3. 2 plus 1 is equal to 3.

In Literacy, we read a story called Anna and Otis, about a girl who is friends with a snake. The story focused on how people may assume what you are like, for example a snake could be scary, but once they get to know you they see what you are really like. Each child drew a picture of part of the story and then tried to write initial sounds, a label or a simple caption to go with it. This then linked to our PSHE where we discussed what makes a good friend and how to treat others.

This week has been Local Democracy Week. On Monday we introduced the children to the British Value, Democracy. They then went to assembly on Tuesday where they met a Local Councillor who explained their role. This led to the children voting for what they could wear today, Friday. In class, we encouraged the children to think more about Democracy and British Values and they voted for what they wanted as their role play areas. Surprisingly, both classes voted for their role play areas to be Fire Stations. We honoured the vote and encouraged them to use their Individual Liberty to say what they would like inside the Fire Station.

Please could you talk to your child about Fire Fighters and Smoke Alarms. You could explain the purpose of a smoke alarm and the importance of checking them. If you have a smoke alarm, you could even check it works with your child.

Visit from Anthony Rowlands our Local Councillor

Today we had a visit from Anthony Rowlands, our local Councillor for Ashley and Cunningham Areas.  Anthony delivered an Assembly for the children, mostly focussing on the newly renovated Foxcroft Park.  Anthony asked the children, who should make decisions on what goes into a Park and they agreed on Parents, Councillors, the children and the local residents.

Anthony then asked what is a good idea to put into a park and we agreed table tennis was a good idea, but trampolines probably weren’t.

Anthony then had a questions and answers session with our School Councillors, whilst enjoying a drink and a biscuit.  Our Councillors asked some fantastic questions, such as, do you like your job and how long have you been a Councillor?

Anthony was impressed with our British Values Display and our links with Orchard Care Home.

We thank Anthony for taking the time to visit us.

A creative week in Red and Blue Class

This week has been very creative, we have;

  • Made Christmas Cards, which will be available to purchase soon through CHISS
  • Performed our Harvest Festival twice
  • Had a 30 minute drama lesson with Perform – please see their link –
  • Had small group music lessons with Mr Bainbridge (6 per group)
  • Started leaf printing

Thank you for your support with reading at home, it’s lovely to see so many children on books with words.  If your child is finding learning all of the sounds difficult, focus on; m, a, s, d, t,  p, i, n.  Once they know these, they can start blending, for example, sam, pin, pit, mat etc.

We have been working very hard to teach some children to write their name, if you can help with this at home, we can then help them in other areas of learning.

Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress independently, especially socks and tights.  Now is the time to practise zips on coats too.  Please ensure all items are named, as the children find it difficult finding their clothes for PE.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin



Red and Blue Class – Singing and Movement

This week we had our first singing and movement lesson.  The children were learning how to warm up and cool down.  They were all very good at joining in and having fun.

This week we have been reminding the children to look after their resources, so they have been helping us to sweep the outside area and tidy up very well.  Please encourage the same at home.

This week in Maths we have been counting to 6, matching objects to the number and thinking of different ways to show 6.  See what your child can tell you about our learning.

In PE we were thinking about balances.  1 foot, 1 foot and 2 hands, 2 feet and 1 hand etc.  The children could do some balances that even the adults found hard.  Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently.

We have been working hard to learn our songs for the Harvest Festival and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Thursday.

We are starting our Autumn Tables in class next week, if you are out and see any conkers or acorns, please bring them in.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

A busy week in Red and Blue

This week has been very exciting for Red and Blue Class.

We have been introducing new learning opportunities to the children, including the mud kitchen. They know to put on an apron and wellies to keep clean, well cleaner! The children enjoyed using this to make cakes, soup, paint their names and roleplay. They described the mud as squishy, squelchy, soggy and sticky, some children added water to see the effect this would have on the mud. We have seen this being used for collaborative learning, communicating about what they are making and using their imagination. 

On Wednesday, the children went in to the hall for PE. They practised moving around the room, looking where they were going, stopping on a cue and finding a space. Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently at home to support them in changing for PE. Please also remember to remove earrings or send your child in with Micropore tape.

All children now have a reading book in their bag. Please listen to your child read their book over 3 days before requesting a change and remember to write in their purple book once you have heard them. We will be putting a box by the door each morning, should your child require a new book could you please place the book inside the diary then in the box.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

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