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Hello everyone,

We are having a very special day on Wednesday 3rd November as part of next term’s topic about ‘Toys: Past and Present’.

We would like each of the children to bring in 1 of their favourite toys – this MUST BE LABELLED and brought in inside a CLEARLY LABELLED BAG please. These will not be for the children to play with, they will be for them to share at carpet times throughout the day – talking about when they got it, why it is their favourite etc.

We will also have some special visitors coming to see us to share their favourite toys from their childhood too.

Please note that the toys are to come in, and will go home on Wednesday 3rd ONLY, we will not have time on the other days to look at any more toys from home.

Thank you for your support,

The Foundation Stage Team


Please check your child’s book bag for details regarding their individual/sibling photographs

Hello everyone,

This is just a reminder to please look inside your child’s book bag (if you have not done so already) as yesterday they all brought home an A5 letter each from Nathan Allan photography detailing their own log in details to access their individual and sibling photographs (if these were requested). Some children have still got their letters inside their book bags today.

Many thanks,

The Foundation Stage Team

Important Information

Dear Parents/Guardians
I would just like to clarify the school day timings that were sent out last Friday. 

8.40am – 3pm for years 1,2,3 – drop and collect opposite the classroom door or on the playground for Year 3.

8.45am 3.05pm for years 4,5,6 – drop and go at the gate by Mrs Hewson in the morning and collect opposite the classroom door in the afternoon.

Please remember that the end of the day time is when the teachers will teach until and the children will then be let out about 5 minutes later after they have collected their coats/shoes etc. For example: finish teaching at 3pm in years 1,2 3, will mean they are out at 3.05pm, Years 4,5,6 finish at 3.05pm means that they will be out by 3.10pm, Reception B will finish teaching at 3.10pm and be at the top gate by 3.15pm, Reception A will be finish teaching at 3.15pm and at the top gate by 3.20pm.
For Reception and Nursery there are slightly different arrangements as we have works on site starting Monday 11th as we are renewing our boilers. These will be on the Foundation Garden side as that is where the boiler room is situated. Can I assure you that the contractors are used to working on school sites and we have all safeguarding procedures in place with them for this.
The staggered starts will still be in place but please note the timings, plus it is still drop and go at the top gate in the morning and the children will be brought back to that gate at the end of the day,

Reception B – 8.50am – 3.10pm – (at the top gate for collection by 3.15pm)

Reception A – 8.55am – 3.15pm – (at the top gate for collection by 3.20pm)

Nursery – 8.30am – 11.30am – (at the top gate for collection by 11.35am)

Many thanks

Yvonne Hewson

phonics workshop for parents

Hello everybody,

This year to reduce the risk of coronavirus we have recorded our phonics workshop for you to be able to watch at a convenient time at home. Below the recorded workshop are several examples of a range of phonics lessons – these are recordings that were used last year as part of our remote learning. The feedback that we had from parents about these was really positive as parent’s felt it gave them a real insight into how we teach phonics with the children. Each of the phonics sessions include phonemes that the children have already been exposed to so if you would like to share them with your child at home it will reinforce what they have explored in school already.

Please note that the children will NOT be sent home with an Oxford Owl log in, this has now been replaced with ‘Bug Club’. Information about this and log in details will be sent home with your child soon.
This is a session where we use the sounds to practice segmenting and blending using a phoneme frame.
This is a session introducing the phoneme that the letter ‘c’ makes, it then focus’ on segmenting and blending to read a home reader. We felt this might be useful if your child has recently begun to bring home a book with words to show you how we model reading in the school environment.
This is a session that focused on practicing the formation of some of the letters – apologies for the little one in the background, the perils of working from home during lockdowns!

We hope that you find them useful, as always, if you have any questions please do get in touch via the office email address: and we will get back to you.

The Foundation Stage Team

How to put on your coat

Here is a really quick and useful video showing a special way to be able to put on a coat independently. We are finding that lots of children are getting in a bit of a pickle with putting on their coats when it’s time to go outside so we thought it would be good for them to be able to practise this skill at home too. It helps them to become more independent which is an important aspect of them being able to manage themselves within Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Our next challenge will be zips and gloves!!

Thank you so much for your support with this,

The Foundation Stage Team

The Smeds and the Smoos

This week we have started looking at the Julia Donaldson story ‘The Smeds and the Smoos’. We have had lots of exciting red and blue activities around our classrooms.

The children have also been working in groups to create class floor books- thinking up imaginary planets that the Smeds and Smoos could visit, who would live there and what they might eat or drink.

We hope that you love the beautiful sparkly spaceships that have come home as well, the children were rightly very proud of their creations.

We have been discussing the meaning of more unusual language e.g. silvery, flute, upon, tiptoed, fist, disturb, and tune.

The children have all been learning about the phonemes for s,a,t,p,i and n. Attached is a video that contains the correct pronunciation for each of them as we know that this is helpful to know.

In maths we have been learning all about patterns – using objects and musical instruments.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend,

The Foundation Stage Team

Important information about the new procedures starting tomorrow.

Drop off in the morning:

The routine in the mornings will remain the same, with teachers collecting the children at the gate.

For Reception B this will be at 08:50

For Reception A this will be 09:00.

Collection in the afternoon.:

We will bring the children to the gate, rather than you collecting from the classrooms.

For Reception B: this will be at 3.05pm.

For Reception A this will be 3.15pm.


Please do not arrive too early or too late for collection, to avoid getting mixed up with the wrong class queue.

Thank you for your support.

The Reception Team.

We are all different

This week we have been celebrating all of our differences, whether that is in appearance, the pets that we have or the sports that we enjoy!

The children have all engaged well with our carpet times this week. We have introduced 1,2,3 and 4. Perhaps you might find them counting things at home or noticing numbers around their environment.

Our phonic sessions have introduced the sounds (phonemes) s, a, t, p and have been on the hunt for items beginning with these sounds.

And we have all loved the late Summer sun, making the most of our outside spaces.

Super Duper Reception!

This week we have started to share all of the things that make us individuals using the story Super Duper You by Sophie Henn.

Here is a link to the story if you would like to share it at home with your little person.

The children have really enjoyed mark making, showing their adults and friends all of the things that make them super duper. They have been drawing pictures and making attempts at writing some letters too in some instances which has been wonderful to see!

In maths we have been learning about 1, 2 and 3. This has included exploring different ways of representing these numbers such as numicon, as digits, using fingers, what we can do in e.g. 1 minute, 1p and 2p coins and the story of The Three Little Pigs.

We have also introduced Star of the Day and our class reward chart in the classrooms this week. Reception A try to earn chameleons throughout the week, and Reception B try to earn ladybirds – tying in with our class names. If we manage to get all of our chameleons or ladybirds then we are rewarded with Golden Time at the end of the week. This can be a number of different things such as visiting the pirate ship climbing frame, having a short disco in our classrooms, having a special music session and many more fun things. We’re sure your children will tell you all about it!

We hope that the children all had lots of fun sharing their first wordless picture home reader at home last week. This week they should all have brought a new one home with them. Please do refer to the video guidance for parents if you haven’t done so already as this will really help to share these books in the most effective way.

Please look out for the ‘Reception door note’ that will have landed in your inbox today – this is our termly news letter that contains lots of useful information.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

The Foundation Stage Team


Here is another wordless picture book if you would like to explore a different one with your child this week alongside the one that they brought home today.

The children’s home readers will be changed on Thursdays / Fridays. Please can you ensure that their small home reading books and their diaries are in their book bags everyday in case an adult has the opportunity to share their book with them

We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

The Foundation Stage Team