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 Plummer

Red Class Teacher

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.

Week 6 in Reception

We had a great week in Reception. On Monday, we took part in a dance and drama workshop based around the film, ‘The Greatest Showman’. We imagined that we were a lion, the bearded lady, a tightrope walker and the Greatest Showman. We learnt different actions for these characters before putting them altogether to perform a dance routine.  In maths, we have been learning addition and subtraction.

We were also very busy making Christmas cards last week. There were three different designs to choose from; The children voted for their favourite.  Some of the children made snowmen and discussed the different types of shapes we would need. Some chose to make a wreath using our fingerprints. The other type of card we could make was a Christmas tree. They drew around a stencil and considered how they could decorate the tree.

We had the Harvest Festival on Thursday. Reception sang ‘One tomato two tomato’ and ‘the supermarket song’ which involved remembering lots of different types of food!  We also joined in with the whole school songs. We particularly enjoyed learning ‘Let’s harvest.’

2 weeks until half term,reading books will be coming home this week.  Do ask us if you have any questions.

Miss Plummer and Mrs Barwin

Another Busy Week

This week has been very busy in Reception, we have been counting 1:1, making sure that we only count each object once.  We are now practising writing some numbers, the correct way round.  We have been reading a super book called Wild, thinking about feelings and settings.  This week we have been using art to represent how the character is feeling, next week, we will be doing drama, including freeze frames!

Outside we have been flying kites on the windy days, thinking about how fast the kite can travel, and where is it best to hold the string.

The children are enjoying PE and Music and next week will start Singing and Movement with our specialist Debbie Cameron.

Home Learning will be coming home today, any questions, please ask.  It should be handed in on Wednesdays for marking.

Have a lovely weekend.

The EYFS Team

Week three

Another great week in Reception.  We have been enjoying the sunshine and spent a great deal of time outside learning to use our zone sensibly and productively.  The children have been enjoying the;

  • tyres
  • guttering
  • crates
  • builders yard
  • poddely
  • bikes
  • scooters
  • apparatus
  • chunky chalk
  • dolls and dolls house
  • water play
  • dinosaurs in bark

The children are learning to listen to others ideas and take turns.

This week the children have been sitting with their Learning Partner in maths, getting used to sharing their ideas and answering in full sentences.  They have been learning about pattern, size, colour, moving onto number.  More number to follow next week.

The children had their first PE lessons on Monday and Tuesday and coped very well with changing independently, keep practising at home, it really does help.

If you would like to help at home this weekend, you could go on a walk and count how many things you see, such as 1 tree, 5 cars. The children could then draw what they saw and write the number next to it.  Bring it in to share with us.

Have a lovely sunny weekend.

The EYFS Team

School Councillors – Ossie our school dog training session

Today our School Councillors and some Eco Ambassadors met Gretta, Ossie’s dog trainer.  Gretta worked closely with the children to learn about signs to spot if dogs are happy or nervous/anxious.  Ossie was there, behaving impeccably, chewing a treat.

The School Councillors will now help me to deliver this training to the rest of the school.  We are going to agree School dog rules, to ensure that Ossie has as much fun in school as we do.

Thank you Councillors/Ambassadors for listening so well, I look forward to working with you on this new exciting initiative.



Roald Dahl Day Friday 13th September

On Friday, EYFS are celebrating Roald Dahl Day, with lots of exciting activities.  If you have any of the following, would you please bring it to Red or Blue Class;

  • Empty plastic bottles (such as drink/water bottles)
  • Playdoh

Many Thanks

The EYFS Team

Red and Blue Class – General Reminders


Welcome to you all and thank you for working with us this week for a smooth start to school.  It’s been a brilliant week for settling in, so thank you.

Some gentle reminders;

  1. Please name everything. It helps your child to be independent. Especially book bags, water bottles and clothing
  2. Please bring in your child’s PE kit if you haven’t already.  We will check all bags next week, as PE will start week 3.
  3. Please bring in lunch choices as soon as possible, but no later than Monday morning.
  4. Please ensure your child has their book bag every day for letters.
  5. Please ask your child to carry their water bottle, please don’t put them in book bags, they have a habit of leaking!
  6. Please help us at home time to say your child’s name, whilst we get used to everyone who picks up.
  7. Please do read all letters and newsletters, it will help you to keep up to date and should tell you everything you need to know.
  8. Please arrive by 8:50, the gates close at 9:00.  Arriving after 9, will be a late on the register.  We start learning at 8:50 every day with Busy Fingers.

Many Thanks

Miss Plummer and Mrs Barwin


EYFS Enjoying the sun

This week, Red and Blue Classes have been making the most of the beautiful weather.

They have enjoyed a range of activities on the field including rolling hoola hoops, throwing and catching bean bags and weighted voils, skipping and other activities.

They have also made the most of using the apparatus outside. We are impressed with how many children are trying the monkey bars!

As we are outside a lot at the moment, we really do need the children to wear hats and have water bottles each day. Please apply suncream before bringing your child to school as we are unable to apply it for them.


Young Writers Competition – EYFS

Thank you to the families who encouraged their children to take part in the My First Riddle, Young Writers competition. We were very grateful for your support with writing at home and encouraging the children to explore a different style of writing.

We have received certificates for the children who took part and the riddles, with parental permission, will be published in a book next term.

Congratulations to those involved!

We will find out in September if any of our children were selected to win a book voucher or if any children won the prize for the school.


New School Councillors – Congratulations

Huge congratulations to our new school councillors who were elected by their classmates, after reading a presentation aloud.

I look forward to working with the following children;

Leo, Ada, Lola, Mark, Seb, Neve, Sam J, Emily.

Their first task will be to welcome our new parents to our school on the 2nd July.  Followed by a sale on the playground of goodies left over from the Summer Fair.  The councillors will be in post until October.


Mrs Barwin

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