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Welcome to Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage Staff: 

Miss S Dearlove (Assistant Headteacher, SENCo & Foundation Stage Co-ordinator),

Mrs S Cleminson (Teacher), Mr J Gallagher (Teacher) and Mrs R Walton (Teacher).

Mrs S Gray (Nursery Nurse), Mrs J Hill (ETA), Miss J Fox (ETA) and Sharon Walker (ETA)

Mrs M Shield (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA),  Mrs S Riley (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA) and Miss I Sheard (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA) 



"As a result of very effective teaching and excellent levels of care, children make outstanding progress in their speech and language skills and in their personal and social developmentOFSTED 2008

"In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children make outstanding progressOFSTED 2010

"The early years is a vibrant place for children to learn. Indoors and outdoors, teachers and other adults are sensitive and caring, enabling children to develop confidence and independence in their learning. This means that children quickly settle into school life." OFSTED 2015

Our topic for this half term is "Celebrating Difference"…

We have some exciting learning coming up this half term as we kick it off with a focus on...Halloween and Bonfire Night! Children will be enjoying the home corner role play area as it will be enhanced with party and celebration resources, as well as the Autumn/Winter exploration tray. As part of their literacy input, children will be exploring books such as 'Winnie the Witch', 'Rama and Sita' and 'Kind' to name just a few, and learning key vocabulary to support their understanding of our feelings and experiences. 

Moving on from 'Magical Me' last half term, children will extend their learning to explore our families and our celebrations and to discover other celebrations from different cultures and from around the world. They will begin to learn the names of places around the world, such as Arctic and Antarctic.

“We are very happy with all that you do” - Parent 2019

Books we will be exploring this half term include;

Winnie the Witch, Rama and Sita, Kind and Blue Penguin.

We are using a Mastery approach in maths, and children are busy exploring numbers in lots of different ways. Children in Reception have a Maths Challenge set on Tapestry every Friday, please make sure to post your maths adventures each week.

As always, if you feel that you have any specialist knowledge or experience relating to our topic or know someone who does, please do speak to a member of staff as we are always looking for ways to give the children 'real-life' experiences and to broaden their own knowledge and understanding through a variety of opportunities and sources.

Dates for your diary…

Monday 2nd November - Back to school after half term




If you have not yet logged on to Tapestry or are struggling with usernames and passwords, please come and see a member of the Foundation team - we will be happy to help. It is a great way to share your child’s learning and we are very grateful to those of you that have taken the time to add photos.


“Couldn’t ask for more from a Nursery”​ - Parent 2019

Foundation Stage Information

Snack Money

We ask for a contribution of £1 every week which goes towards a variety of snacks, baking and other activities such as planting. This is payable via our ParentPay system where you may choose to pay weekly or termly. Thank you.


Library in Nursery is every Wednesday and book exchange in Reception is Friday. Please ensure book bags for Reception are in school every day, with phonics packs and reading books inside, and library books are in bags on these days.


Remember if your child is in Reception, they need a PE kit in school ready for every Wednesday. Please note that PE kit is a white t-shirt and black shorts with pumps. Earrings are not allowed for PE at all. If you are having your child’s ears pierced, please do this at the beginning of the 6 weeks holiday so that they can be taken out on return to school for PE. Children in Nursery also have PE on a Wednesday but do not change their clothing.

This half term we are doing our PE outdoors in our amazing Forset School area. Please ensure your child is wrapped up warm for the weather with wellies and a waterproof coat as we usually go whatever the weather! Don't forget hat, scarf and gloves if the forecast is chilly! 

Book Bags

Children in Reception need to have their book bags in school everyday. Please remember to check inside for letters and information, as well as practising sounds in sound books and reading their reading books/word boxes as and when these are received. Phonics activities/information is also often given in book bags. Library books need to be returned in order for them to be swapped.  

Children in Nursery need to have their books every Wednesday for their books to be swapped.


“My child is extremely happy at Nursery and enjoys all activities that are available.  The staff are very approachable”​​ - Parent 2019

Ways to help and activities to do at home...

Learning challenges sent via Tapestry- please ensure you keep up to date with the information given through Tapestry, and include anything you have done at home.

Homework Menu to be completed each half term- this is a selection of activities to work through at your leisure through the half term to support your childs learning.


Children in Reception are beginning to learn letters and sounds to enable them to read simple words. This becomes easier as their phonics knowledge grows, hence the importance of also practicing at home. Please encourage lots of writing and mark making, and storying their play. Ask your children to describe a character or a setting, or maybe guess what comes next in a story you are reading. Maybe they could represent their story on paper by drawing the characters or writing a simple sentence. Remember to share these learning experiences with us so we can add to their profiles.

Letters and Sounds

Children in Reception all now have a sound card pack. Please remember to keep referring to and practicing these so that children are totally secure with their sounds. These are sounds rather than letters at this point, and to be able to learn to read, children must be able to say the sound as it appears in words, so please do not teach it as an uppercase letter, for example, knowing the sounds s-a-t would allow the child to read 'sat'. Children are also getting a reading book as and when we feel they are showing signs that they are ready for one. Children who read and practice sounds and word boxes at home are more likely to be a stronger reader and progress quicker through the stages of reading.

Children in Nursery have a phonics session everyday where they explore different sounds. We investigate sounds in the environment, sounds from animals and sounds in words. We make different sounds with our voices and try to change these sounds in different ways. We are beginning to look a lot more at mark making and learning to write our names. Please also try to work on this at home, remembering to use letter sounds rather than letter names, for example, 'a' rather than 'A'.

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“Always happy with the care and support my child receives”​- Parent 2019

Please remember, if your child is in our nursery, they do not automatically have a place in our Reception Class. Places are allocated through Kirklees, so please apply online via the Kirklees Council website (www.kirklees.gov.uk) before the cut off date of 15th January 2020.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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