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Welcome to Foundation Stage

"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


Foundation Stage Staff: Miss S Dearlove (Foundation Stage Co-ordinator), Miss O Hargreaves (EYFS Teacher), Mrs J Firth (Assistant Headteacher), 

Mrs K Ogden is covering for Miss Hargreaves while she is on maternity leave.

Mrs S Gray (Nursery Nurse), Mrs A Hainsworth (ETA), Miss K Barker (Apprentice Nursery Nurse) and Mrs S Riley (Dinnertime Supervisor/ETA).


This half term we are learning about…

Shimmer and Shine!


Children we be learning all about light and dark! We have lots of new, exciting areas in our setting for the children discover and explore. The children will take part in many activities linking to; Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas.

This half term the children are also very excited for ‘Fun Forest Friday’. Each Friday we will spend the whole day in the forest; exploring, learning and playing. Don’t forget to bring your child’s wellies to school along with a warm coat or waterproofs. Parents are welcome to join us in the forest. The more the merrier!

For those children who have not yet brought home Joe and Jay Bear, they will have the opportunity to do so over the next few weeks. We would also like to thank those parents so far who have taken the time to write diary entries and add photos to the journal. The children look forward to reading all the exciting activities that the bears get up to!

We are exploring lots of lovely texts this half term, including Winnie the Witch, Room on the Broom, Can’t you Sleep Little Bear. Our Talk for Writing text that we will cover for the whole of the half term is Whatever Next, where children will re-enacting, retelling and rewriting the story.

In number work, we are introducing a Mastery approach, where children are thinking deeply about numbers before moving onto the next stage.

In the last week of term, we will be thinking about Christmas time and getting ready for our Christmas production, parties and of course our visit from that special person. Please look out for information on tapestry and newsletters with these key dates for your diaries.




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.


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 Fridays. 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. 

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.



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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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 when applications open.

Thank you for your cooperation.