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 – Bears everywhere!

This week we have been Bear crazy, linked to our Literacy text “A Brave Bear.”  The children have been;

  • Writing to Baby Bear to tell him how to keep cool in the heat
  • Writing thank you cards to Daddy Bear for helping
  • Making split pin bears
  • Painting bears, using forks for detail
  • Role-playing “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”
  • Writing their own bear stories, thinking about the characters, setting and plot
  • Making construction chairs for bears, for all 3 sizes.
  • Making a bridge in the water tray, that could carry the weight of a bear
  • Making caves outside using any large construction
  • Making stepping stones outside for the bears to cross the river

It’s been a great week.

See you Monday, have a lovely weekend.




If you are able to make or donate any playdough to reception we would be very grateful. We are looking at making butterflies during Outdoor Classroom Day so would appreciate a range of colours so the children can make them colourful.


Drama Lama

Well, you would never believe it has been a 4 day week, I think we have squeezed 5 days into 4.

This week has been high drama!!!!  The children were working with their learning partner to act out their favourite part of our Literacy Text “A Brave Bear” they were sitting under the shade of a tree, splashing in the cool river and jumping on stepping stones.  We were all very impressed with how the children worked together and used drama to express themselves.

Today we had a Drama group called Make Believe in School, they played games and then started to learn a dance routine to Shotgun.

It’s been a great week.

Have a lovely (hopefully dry) weekend.



Red and Blue Class – Week 2

This week has been very busy in Red and Blue Class.

We have had a focus on Special Places and Places of Worship. We began by reading a story, ‘Sally’s Secret’, about a little girl who makes a special place in her garden.

We discussed what makes a place special, such as

  • the people
  • the smells
  • the objects you have in it
  • how it makes you feel

The children suggested where felt special to them in school, some children then drew the special place or built a model of it.

We then discussed special places in our community, thinking about where they go and the significance. These included the children’s nurseries, the park close to their home, our school and for some children places they go to for clubs.

At the start of the week, we took the children to St Luke’s Church to see a place of worship. We discussed who this place would be special for and what makes it special. On returning to school, we discussed other places of worship including Mosques, Temples, Synagogues. We also showed the religious symbol that may help us to identify a place of worship.

Every child had a go at writing about a place of worship or drawing religious symbols.

Can your child name any places of worship over the long weekend? Could they write a sentence about it, saying which group of people it is special for?


Have a lovely long weekend.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th May for Class Photos.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

First week back – Red and Blue Class

This week we have had a great 1st week back.  The children have been enjoying the areas that they set up themselves, who include;

  • Bingo
  • Puppet shows
  • Sensory Tables
  • Sea Creature water play
  • Dinosaur Land
  • Matching objects to sounds and writing sentences
  • Addition Games
  • Floating and sinking

We are now preparing for our May Day Celebration on Thursday.

Please find your new homework tasks in your child’s book bag, please do remember, they are just a guide, please feel free to do something else if your child has a particular interest.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


Home Learning this half term – Red and Blue Class


We have changed home learning for this half term, as we are looking at areas that your child may need some extra support, or just perhaps something to revisit to check their understanding.

We have paper clipped the sheets inside their home learning book, with a note.

Please feel free to keep the sheets at home and send one in per week as you complete them.

We hope your child enjoys the new activities, please do be aware that we can only mark one piece of home learning per week.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and do ask if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

This week in Red and Blue Class

We hope that you enjoyed “Learning with your child day” and enjoyed reading about your child’s progress in the mid year report.  If you haven’t yet returned the feedback form, please do so, it really helps us to have your input.

We are having another great week in reception.  We have planted cress seeds and we are enjoying watching them grow, with the help of the beautiful sunshine.  The children have been making little books about the stages of growth for seeds, learning the correct vocabulary such as root, shoot, stem, leaves, flower etc.  There is a lovely plant activity on Purple Mash if you would like to support your child at home.

We are practising hard for our Spring Concert next week, please do book online as it’s very popular.  The children this term have not only been learning more new songs, but creating the lyrics too!

This week we have been completing maths assessments, looking for the gaps in learning.  Money, capacity and weight are often areas that children find tricky, so please do revisit at home.  Can your child recognise coins.  Can your child use the correct vocabulary for weight, such as heavy, light, heavier, lighter, balanced, same.  Can your child talk about capacity, filling containers in the bath or sink for example, using the vocabulary of full, empty, half full, half empty, nearly full, nearly empty.

Thank you

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