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.

Easter Egg Hunt

Red and Blue Class enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt this morning.

They went round the playground looking for an egg that had a small chick inside.

Following an exciting hunt, the children sang a song about the little chick.

We hope you have a lovely, relaxing break and look forward to seeing you back rested after the holidays.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Spring Concert

Yesterday, Reception took part in their first Spring Concert.

This year, the concert had a wide variety and large quantity of instruments being played.

Red and Blue class sang their own song, The Hairy Scary Castle. The song involved them adding more to each verse while remembering the previous ones. They helped Mr Bainbridge to tell the story of walking round a scary castle, explaining what they would see in each room. We were given a fright when we heard about the ghosts saying ‘BOO!’ The children played instruments to accompany the song too, including drums, bells, wood blocks, maracas, and several others.

They sat very well for the year 1 and 2 songs and joined in with the whole school songs.

With over 180 parents in the hall, we are sure you would agree it was a great concert!

Unfortunately, we can’t add any photos as many children aren’t allowed on the blog.


Keen gardeners

Red and Blue class have been thinking about growing this half term and have enjoyed the whole process from;

  • choosing what to grow
  • planting their seeds
  • writing a label
  • watering their seeds

and the best part of all, watching them grow.

In Singing and Movement we have been singing various songs about plants, trees and flowers. This week we sang, In and out the dusty bluebells.  Every child had a turn to join the ever growing line and had great fun in doing so.

On Wednesday we planted Trees, as part of Eco Schools, you will see them all lined up in our zone.  We look forward to watching them grow.

Don’t forget to look for signs od Spring on your way to and from school and see if you can name any trees!

Kind Regards

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


Matchbox challenge

Thank you for the matchboxes and sponsorship money received so far. Some of you have managed to squeeze a lot of items into a tiny space! We’re not quite sure what will come jumping out at us when the boxes are opened!

If you have not quite finished getting your matchbox full, then you have a few more days this weekend to do so. So please bring any last few matchboxes in on Monday.

We will announce one winner from each year group at the Easter concert on the last Wednesday  of term (the 29th).


Sainsbury’s vouchers – one-quarter of the way there!

While the children were happily watching their films this afternoon, I counted up all the vouchers we have so far. We just are over one-quarter of the way to reaching our target of 12,210, as we have 3088 so far!

Well done everyone so far – special mention should be made of Evie in green class who comes into class clutching a handful at least twice a week. Thank you for your support so far. Please keep it up – we have till the end of June to reach our target. Buying all the Easter eggs from Sainsbury’s could bring in a fair few more vouchers to help us on our way.

Happy weekend, and happy shopping at Sainsbury’s!

Tennis Taster Red and Blue

This morning, Red and Blue class enjoyed a tennis taster with Dan the Tennis Man.

They had a go at:

  • Controlling a ball along the floor using their racket
  • Balancing the ball on top of a racket and walking with it
  • Waiting for the ball to be thrown, then using their racket to hit it over a net.

They then played dodge ball with the tennis balls as the end to their session.

Please see your child’s book bag as a lunchtime tennis club starts in the summer term.

What a busy Spring Week

Red and Blue Class have had a great start to Spring, the weather has been what we predicted, “a bit of sunshine and a bit of rain.”

The children have been learning inside and outside with a range of activities;


  • Investigating the mud kitchen – weighing, transferring from bowl to bowl, stirring, sieving, mixing etc
  • Using Poddely to make transport – an aeroplane
  • Planting seeds and writing their own label using their phonic knowledge
  • Digging in the Gardening Patch – digging to Australia/finding lava/discovering potatoes


  • Using our new range of technology – easi ears/phones/walkie talkies/remote control bugs
  • Sorting by colour and size
  • Making pictures with tap a shape
  • Making our own phonic tiles
  • Sorting by size, smallest to biggest, using colour acrobats

Our Adult led sessions have been

  1. learning how to make our own pop up books, following our visit from John O’Leary
  2. learning to add 2 groups together, thinking about the whole and the parts for example if the whole is 5 the parts could be 3/2, 4/1, 5/0, 2/3 etc
  3. thinking about spring, planting seeds and starting an investigation about do seeds really need sun, air, food and water to grow.

If you are looking for ways to support your child at home, you could be looking for signs of spring when you are out and about and perhaps buy a plant that the children can water and nurture to develop their understanding of growth and decay.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


Washing Powder bags please


To help Early Years with their next topic, if you have any washing powder bags, or Satsuma nets, could you please send them to Red and Blue Class.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


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