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.

Visit from Anthony Rowlands our Local Councillor

Today we had a visit from Anthony Rowlands, our local Councillor for Ashley and Cunningham Areas.  Anthony delivered an Assembly for the children, mostly focussing on the newly renovated Foxcroft Park.  Anthony asked the children, who should make decisions on what goes into a Park and they agreed on Parents, Councillors, the children and the local residents.

Anthony then asked what is a good idea to put into a park and we agreed table tennis was a good idea, but trampolines probably weren’t.

Anthony then had a questions and answers session with our School Councillors, whilst enjoying a drink and a biscuit.  Our Councillors asked some fantastic questions, such as, do you like your job and how long have you been a Councillor?

Anthony was impressed with our British Values Display and our links with Orchard Care Home.

We thank Anthony for taking the time to visit us.

A creative week in Red and Blue Class

This week has been very creative, we have;

  • Made Christmas Cards, which will be available to purchase soon through CHISS
  • Performed our Harvest Festival twice
  • Had a 30 minute drama lesson with Perform – please see their link –
  • Had small group music lessons with Mr Bainbridge (6 per group)
  • Started leaf printing

Thank you for your support with reading at home, it’s lovely to see so many children on books with words.  If your child is finding learning all of the sounds difficult, focus on; m, a, s, d, t,  p, i, n.  Once they know these, they can start blending, for example, sam, pin, pit, mat etc.

We have been working very hard to teach some children to write their name, if you can help with this at home, we can then help them in other areas of learning.

Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress independently, especially socks and tights.  Now is the time to practise zips on coats too.  Please ensure all items are named, as the children find it difficult finding their clothes for PE.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin



Red and Blue Class – Singing and Movement

This week we had our first singing and movement lesson.  The children were learning how to warm up and cool down.  They were all very good at joining in and having fun.

This week we have been reminding the children to look after their resources, so they have been helping us to sweep the outside area and tidy up very well.  Please encourage the same at home.

This week in Maths we have been counting to 6, matching objects to the number and thinking of different ways to show 6.  See what your child can tell you about our learning.

In PE we were thinking about balances.  1 foot, 1 foot and 2 hands, 2 feet and 1 hand etc.  The children could do some balances that even the adults found hard.  Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently.

We have been working hard to learn our songs for the Harvest Festival and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Thursday.

We are starting our Autumn Tables in class next week, if you are out and see any conkers or acorns, please bring them in.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

A busy week in Red and Blue

This week has been very exciting for Red and Blue Class.

We have been introducing new learning opportunities to the children, including the mud kitchen. They know to put on an apron and wellies to keep clean, well cleaner! The children enjoyed using this to make cakes, soup, paint their names and roleplay. They described the mud as squishy, squelchy, soggy and sticky, some children added water to see the effect this would have on the mud. We have seen this being used for collaborative learning, communicating about what they are making and using their imagination. 

On Wednesday, the children went in to the hall for PE. They practised moving around the room, looking where they were going, stopping on a cue and finding a space. Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently at home to support them in changing for PE. Please also remember to remove earrings or send your child in with Micropore tape.

All children now have a reading book in their bag. Please listen to your child read their book over 3 days before requesting a change and remember to write in their purple book once you have heard them. We will be putting a box by the door each morning, should your child require a new book could you please place the book inside the diary then in the box.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks


Carpenters tools request for our children


As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

Eco Ambassadors first important task

This morning our newly appointed Eco Ambassadors conducted a Travel Survey before School.  They stood at the school gates to monitor;

  • anyone cutting through the car park
  • anyone scooting or cycling through school
  • parents parking on the zig zag lines
  • children walking sensibly or holding their parents hands.

We were very impressed today that nobody cut through the car park or parked on the zig zag lines.

Our Ambassadors will be discussing their findings at their next meeting.

Thank you for getting your child to school for 8:35, we do appreciate it.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

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