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Foundation Page


Mrs L Williman
Mrs L Williman
Class Teacher
Mrs Kurdynowska
Mrs Kurdynowska
Teaching Assistant
Miss Page
Miss Page
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Livermore
Mrs Livermore
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cobelli
Mrs Cobelli
Midday Supervisor

A warm welcome to our year page. If your child is in Foundation please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: Newsletters.

Classroom code of conductChild hand up

This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. We sit sensibly
  2. We work quietly
  3. We play nicely
  4. We share
  5. We help each other
  6. We line up sensibly
Weekly Timetable

Children and parents please familiarise yourself with the outline weekly timetable for your class, available here or by clicking the link on the right. It will help you to remember for example which day you will your PE kit is in school, though you will of course need your indoor shoes every day and your book bag every day.

Please note that this is an outline timetable only as some scheduled activities may be changed due to other in school events happening that week.

CurriculumChild curriculum

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click here: Curriculum map.

This term's topics are How does your garden grow? and Minibeasts.

This term we will be learning about how plants grow and how to care for them. We will be planting seeds and watching them grow and keeping diaries to record the changes. We will be watching tadpoles grow and discuss the life cycle of the frog. We will be hunting for minibeasts and describing, sorting and classifying them. We have a wonderful opportunity to visit a farm to see arrange of animals large and small, do some pond dipping and explore a watermill.

Wild Wood Fridays
This term we continue to explore the Wild Woods providing that we have four parent helpers every week, dates and a sign-up sheet will be on the class board. The woods are a wonderful resource for stimulus for literacy and creative work.
Despite the weather turning milder, children still need the following clothing enjoy experiencing the woods fully:

  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof coat
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Lots of layers to keep warm
  • Wellington boots

Waterproof clothing and gloves give children the best protection against stinging nettles and enable them to sit down should they wish to. We will be spending a two-hour session in the woods followed by exciting activities in class building on their experiences.

We will be spending a two-hour session in the woods followed by exciting activities in class building on their experiences.

Please note that we rely on parental support to accompany us to the woods. Please let us know if you can help.

HomeworkChild homework

This term children will bring home next step goals to learn at home. Please practise with your child at home throughout the week. When a child achieves their next step we celebrate on a Friday by launching their rocket. Next steps will be on a range of subjects such as: handwriting, learning new sounds, reading high frequency words, learning number facts or fastening their coats by themselves. We expect some next steps will take longer than a week to achieve, but once they have returned the reply slip to say that have mastered it we will send a new next step home the following Friday.

Please try to hear your child read as often as you can and record it in their red reading record. Children love a routine, whilst reading daily is ideal, try to choose a time when your child isn't tired. We hear children read individually at least once a fortnight and also weekly as part of a group. Please keep books and red reading records in bookbags and bring bookbags to school every day. Children will be encouraged to bring home a picture book of their choice to share with you at bedtime. Please don't worry if they choose the same book frequently as young children often enjoy hearing their favourite story again and again!

This term we will continue daily phonics lessons; click the video link below to see and hear correct articulation of the phonemes we're learning.

Activities outside the classroomChild outside school

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE activities weekly on a Tuesday and Friday if we are not in the woods.
  • We can store wellington boots in the classroom if you would prefer your child to wear these outside.
  • Wild Wood Fridays - see above
Classroom activitiesChild in class

We will continue Friday Show and Tell this term. The children of one house (Darwin, Nightingale, Shakespeare or Curie) are asked to bring in something that they can individually show and talk about to the class. The other children are then invited to ask questions. The 'talk' and questions last about two minutes. This is a very valuable part of the curriculum which helps the children to develop speaking and listening skills. The house whose turn it is that week will be displayed on the communication board outside the classroom. Please help your child to remember to bring something to show and tell. It is also very helpful to your child if they can discuss what they might say at home.