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.

Waste Week in EYFS

This week as a school we have been taking part in waste week.

Red and Blue class took this opportunity to focus on reducing and reusing waste. We discussed how many everyday items are thrown into the bin and ways we can reuse them to make something new.

The children worked either individually, in pairs or in groups to create a model using a variety of resources or reusing paper to make a picture. They used glue and sellotape to attach different materials together and used cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, bottle tops, material, tubes and other junk modelling resources to create their models. We had some fantastic creations including a pig, a robot, boats and a tractor.

The children listened to each others ideas and collaborated to make their model or picture. They then explained what they had made and discussed what they liked about their own and other children’s models.

Tennis Taster – Red and Blue

On Thursday, Red and Blue had a tennis taster session.

They explored controlling a ball with a racket, balancing the ball on the racket, stopping on a cue and dribbling a ball to a friend or between their legs.

They then tried to hit a ball over the net once it had been thrown to them. We were pleased to see the children’s persistence and perseverance as they attempted hitting the hall.

They then ran across the playground in a ‘dodgeball’ style game.

Our visit from Adam Guillain

Today, Red and Blue class became fully immersed in a literacy workshop from Adam Guillain, author of George’s Amazing Adventure series as well as many other fantastic books.

Adam told the story of the Gingerbread man through song, involving the children particularly with repeated refrains.

With actions, the children also learnt a story of a fox who had a very noisy house.

We then heard Marshmallows for Martians, where George went on an adventure to Mars to find out which sweets Martians like best. The children participated by making different sounds for a range of aliens that George came across. Red and Blue then worked together to make their own Martian, Restev. They described how it would look such as 8 eyes, a small smiley mouth and a piano attached to its body.

This then led on to the children choosing from a variety of activities. Some children designed their own alien and spoke about it, others wrote sentences about theirs. Some children used a story map or book template to retell Marshmallows for Martians.

The day concluded with a whole school assembly focussing on the story Muffins for Mummies. They met the puppet of George and several other characters as the story was acted out by Adam.

Red and Blue class thoroughly enjoyed their workshop and showed such enthusiasm for the range of stories and ways of telling them.

Can your child help to act out a story at home thinking about repeated refrains, expression for different characters and why they liked the story?

Our New Eco Ambassadors

This week the whole school are taking part in Waste Week, with a focus of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We elected 12 new Eco ambassadors to launch the week and they will be meeting with Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis to discuss the week and how we can be better at reducing waste, reusing waste and recycling more in school.

Congratulations to

Alex and Peggy in Blue Class

Danny and Dixie in Red Class

Tabitha and Adam in Green Class

Johan and Maryam in Purple Class

Cara and Sam in Silver Class

Autman and Natalie in Gold Class

We look forward to working with you this term

Red and Blue Fire Station Visit

Today, Red and Blue class went to the Fire Station. They had a really enjoyable morning looking around the station.

They saw

  • 3 Fire engines
  • 2 smaller vans
  • 1 motorbike

Once we arrived, we saw the sirens and a screen that showed where the emergency call outs are displayed.

We then looked inside the fire engines and saw the equipment, such as large cutters, a range of hoses, axes, hammers and ladders. One group was even sprayed by one of the hoses!! (Accidentally!!)

The children climbed into the fire engines to see the equipment that was in there such as breathing tanks, night vision cameras and torches.

The children were shown the fire fighters uniform and learned how their trousers are tucked over their boots so that they can pull them up quickly.

Finally, we went on a tour of the fire station and saw the bedrooms, the gym, the kitchen and the chill out room. The children saw the old helmets hanging in the dining room and saw how they changed over time.

We had a great morning, a super ending to a great topic about People Who Help Us

A busy half term

The children have had a short, but busy half term.  It’s hard to believe how much they have squeezed into 5 weeks.  Our topic People Who Help Us has been very informative and we’ve been lucky to have a talk off a Police Officer.  After the holiday, the children are meeting a Paramedic and visiting the Fire Station.

If you haven’t returned your consent slip, please do so when the children return to school.

Have a lovely holiday.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Visit from PC Kieran

Today Reception had a visit from PC Kieran, who talked to the children about road, rail and water safety.  He very kindly gave the children 2 mini torches for their book bags, bikes or scooters.

Have a lovely weekend.

Road, Rail, and Water Safety Week

This week we have been thinking about Road, Rail and Water Safety in Assembly. The children can explain to you the learning that has taken place. For road safety, we thought about how we must stop, look, listen and look again. For rail safety, the children learnt about level crossings and how to stay safe on a platform. For water safety, we thought about how to keep safe in and near water. A strong message throughout the week was that by roads, rail or water, the children should be with an adult.

The children might be able to sing the catchy songs to you.  Copy and paste the link into your search engine.

Road safety –

Please discuss these topics with your child, see what they can remember!

Have a lovely weekend.


We’re in the Newspaper!

Our successful visits to Orchard Care Home have been mentioned in the Herts Ad.

Here is the article:

Youngsters help beat loneliness by visiting St Albans care home

PUBLISHED: 21:00 30 December 2017

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare Barwin

St Albans youngsters are working to beat loneliness this Christmas-time by visiting residents in a local care home.

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare Barwin

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October, performing a song for the elderly people and inviting them to join in and play instruments.

Activity coordinator at the home Mitch Puscuta said: “We live in a segregated society where the young and old generation don’t have a real opportunity to interact with each other. We are now living in an era where children do not have access to their grandparents like they used to, so I really think we should do all we can to mediate this interaction between these two age groups, as it brings meaning, new energy, joy and enthusiasm to each others’ lives.”

A resident of the care home added: “I forgot about my age when I am in the company of these children. They bring joy in our care home”.

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