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.

Red and Blue Class – Road safety and Lollypop people

Today we were thinking about occupations that are less obvious, such as Dentists, Opticians and Lollypop people.

We set up outside with a zebra crossing, Lollypop ladies, pedestrians and vehicles.  We discussed the importance of a zebra crossing and the role of Lollypop people.  We discussed road markings and how traffic travels on one side of the road.

The children went into character and had a great time working as a team to keep safe on the road.  At first, the children couldn’t stay to their own side in the vehicles, but after a short time, they were lining up and cooperating.

Tomorrow we are having a Sorting Office, with Postal Workers and Delivery Vans.

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Snow is falling – Red and Blue Class

Well, whilst we were very disappointed not to be able to go to the Fire Station, we made the most of the falling snow!

We had an investigation about where snowballs would melt quickly and made snow pictures using a variety of resources.  We managed to get outside before the sun started to melt the snow and had a great time playing with the children from Year 1 and Year .

The Fire Station trip will be re-booked this weekend and the date will be shared as soon as possible.  Thank you to all the Parent Helpers who volunteered to come with us, it was a very popular trip!!!

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What Do You Do?

This week, Red and Blue have started to learn about ‘People Who Help Us’

We have thought about people within school and within our community. We have reminded the children to think about the people, not just the vehicle, for example fire-fighters drive a fire engine, paramedics in an Ambulance. We also thought about occupations beyond the emergency services, such as builders, electricians, librarians and other examples.

Red and Blue have enjoyed their role play areas which are a post office and a doctor’s surgery. Outside we have also had some builders, zoo keepers, car washers, police officers and lollipop people.

We reminded both classes how to use Purple Mash and have used this on the large screen to explore puzzles and games linked to our topic too.

If you would like to talk to either or both classes about your occupation, please see either class teacher  to arrange a convenient time.

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Purple Mash and Bug Club

Please remember to use Bug Club for reading at home and Purple Mash for a range of activities on the computers.

If you can’t remember your log in follow these steps:

Purple Mash will be 16 followed by your child’s first name, and the first letter of your last name. Password will be your class name.

For example – 16HannahB red or 16MaryH blue

Bug Club will be the first 4 letters of your first name and the first 4 letters of your last name. Password is your class name.

For example – Natalewi red or clarbarw blue

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Happy New Year from Red and Blue Class

Hello and Happy New Year to all of our families.

Miss Lewis and I are looking forward to a fun filled Spring Term.  We are starting with, “People who help us” on Monday, thinking about different occupations and people that help us in our community.  If you would like to talk to the children about your profession, please speak to us, as we would love to have you in class.

See you all on Monday, have a lovely weekend.

Have a happy holiday!

The last few days of term have arrived with plenty of surprises and treats for everyone. Yesterday all children came to school dressed in something festive for our Christmas lunch. They had fun popping their crackers and having dinner all together in the hall.

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In the afternoon, while we sung carols in the hall, we received a special visit from Santa who gave each child a present. The children were very excited and once again sang this year’s play’s songs with great enthusiasm.

The children have been doing some Christmas related activities and yesterday they made paper chains in a repeated pattern. They then counted how many rings each chain had and measured if they were smaller or larger than 1 meter using the meter sticks.

This morning we talked about all the things we have learnt this term and how far the children have come already in Year 1. It has definitely been a fantastic first term and we are all very proud of their learning.

We wish you all a happy holiday and a fantastic new year. We look forward to welcoming you back in January.

Seasons greetings,

The Year 1 Team

Ps.: Purple Class helped to write this post!


Busy as elves…

Where can we start? Purple Class has been busy this week. They shone through the dress rehearsal and two performances of our Christmas play as Red Robins. They all sang and performed the actions to the song beautifully. I was really proud of how well they learnt the actions which they had chosen themselves.


On Tuesday Mrs Lyal taught the children about Christingle, another religious celebration which uses light. Each group made and lightened their own Christingle while they discussed the meaning of each element: the orange, the red ribbon, the four sticks, the sweets and the candle.


All the children have now finished re-writing the Nativity Story and we have had some fantastic writing. The children are becoming more confident in saying their sentences before they write and improving these using adjectives. Even though they are showing the tired signs of a long term, their stamina for writing is clearly improving.

We have been practicing what we have learnt in Maths through some mental Maths sessions and also some practical problem solving. We always encourage the use of manipulatives during Maths sessions and the children are getting more independent in making their own choices of objects to help with their learning.

Just a reminder that on Tuesday the children can wear something festive for our Christmas lunch.

Wishing you a good weekend and looking forward to the last three days of Autumn term.


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