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.

Tennis in Reception

Red and Blue class enjoyed a tennis lesson with Dan the Tennis Man today.

We started by playing the traffic light game, running for green, running on the spot for yellow, and standing still for red. We then changed it to jump for green, hop on the spot for yellow and stand on one leg for red.


We each took a tennis racket and had a go at taking our ball for a walk. We would lead the ball around the playground and then when we heard ‘sit’ we had to place the racket on top of the ball to keep it still. We could also do ‘doggy tricks’ where we controlled the ball to push it through our legs. The final choice was ‘meet a friend’ where we had to move the ball to our friend.

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Next we had a go at holding the ball like a sausage in a pan on top of our racket. We had to think about only holding it with one hand, then walking around without dropping it. Everyone had a good try at holding the racket with one handed control.


After that, we had a go at hitting the ball using a forehand hit. We let the ball bounce once then had a go at hitting it over the net! This was exciting as some balls went so high!!

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We ended our session with a game of dodge ball, with balls rolling along the floor that we had to avoid.




Sport Relief – 18th March 2016

Sport Relief –  18th March 2016 – The children will be taking part in a range of activities in aid of Sports Relief.  These activities will take place during the School day – hopefully outside if the sunshine remains.

We would like the children to come to school dressed in their favourite sports kit.  Please make sure they are wearing trainers as they will be taking part in sports.

Please send in a small donation, for example £1, which will be donated to Sports Relief charity.

Felt Day – Friday 11th March 2016

Felt Day on 11th March 2016 – Clare Beaton, a children’s illustrator is able to visit us again.  She last came a few years ago and will create collages from felt, fabric, buttons and braids.  She will lead workshops for each year-group, with every child creating his or her own felt square collage, based on current topics.

We are asking for a contribution of £2 per child to support with paying for the consumable resources the children will be using.

What a busy day for Red and Blue Class

We’ve had a fantastic time learning outside today with our new staging blocks and Poddley.  The children have been working collaboratively, listening to each others ideas, taking turns, reading instructions and most of all, having fun creatively.

The digging patch was popular today linking to our topic of “Root to Shoot” a wiggly worm was picked up for everyone to see and then put safely away from the keen gardeners.

Well done Reception, I think we all need a lie down now!

Mrs Barwin

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Star of the week badges


If your child is Star of the Week, could they please wear their badge every day.  On Friday, there is a special meeting (Assembly) where the child hands the badge to the next person.  It’s very disappointing for the new Star of the Week not to receive the badge.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

World Book Day

Red Class came in to school very excited for World Book Day.

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We had a variety of characters, from Horrid Henry to Jake and the Neverland Pirates! We had a Stickman, Pippi Longstocking, Knights and several princesses too. What amazing costumes! Every child told us who they had dressed up as.

The children enjoyed hearing a story in Italian from Evie’s Daddy, and a story in Tamil from Neha’s Mummy. Thank you both for sharing a story with us.

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We had lots of parents in to read with their child and friends this afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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Blue Class World Book Day 2016

What a great day!  The children arrived this morning in high spirits, in fantastic costumes to celebrate World Book Day.

We enjoyed some of our favourite stories read by various adults and went into our Whole School Meeting to see our friends and staff dressed up.  Every child stood up in front of the school and said who they were – which really impressed me!

Well done Blue Class and thank you for introducing me to some new characters.

A huge thank you to Olaf’s Daddy who came into class to read a book in Polish.

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Spring Growth

This week in Red Class we have been looking at growth in Spring.

We went outside and had a look at what we could see growing. We found daffodils, bluebells and some plants that hadn’t grown. We found an unusual bulb and predicted what it may grow into

William “Grapes”

Ellie “Bluebells”

Freddie “Blueberries”

Sanaa felt them and said they were “cold, soft, bumpy”


We have all had a go at planting Cress Seeds and choosing where we would like to place them around the classroom to see if they grow. Some are on a heater in the dark, some are in a cupboard, others are on the heater but in the light, some are under tables and others are by a window.

We discussed what we thought plants need to help them grow,

  • Water, which we agreed with
  • Soil
  • Sun

We then had a go at challenging this by placing Cress seeds on cotton wool, not soil, some are in the dark, not in the sunlight and some are near a heater to make them warm.

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We will update you with which grew best and tell you our findings!

We have been enjoying the digging patch outside, looking at pulling weeds as well as planting new seeds. Some children have been watering the plants, and some have been drawing what they can see already growing.

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While outside, Seika found a bulb so we planted it to see what it may grow into. Osman and Ruhanaul decided to plant orange and apple pips to see if they grew.




World Book Day – 3rd March 2016

World Book Day

  • Dress up as a book character for the day.
  • Parents are invited from 2.30pm onwards to spend time with your child sharing favourite books.  If you or your child has a favourite book at home we would be happy for you to bring that with you.

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