Welcome to the Foundation Stage Page

 The Beginning of an Educational Adventure

Our topic this term is – AIMING HIGH – being our best selves

As we ‘aim high’ there will be a distinctly worldly theme with our stories and activities. We want to celebrate our world and the different backgrounds we have. This will culminate in a World Celebration Day on Monday, 24th June 2024

This year we have been saying, “I am who I am” and celebrating our similarities and differences. Many of you will have completed a few pages of our ‘I am Backpack’ and we have loved sharing these.

To complete this learning, we are having a day to celebrate ourselves in the Foundation Stage!  On this day, your child can wear clothes in the colour of their home country’s flag or wear clothes that are part of your family’s cultural heritage.

We would also love to receive any donations of food that are traditional in your family.  If you are able to do this, please let any member of staff know.

Before this, the children will be learning how to program Beebots, sending them different directions to explore different countries in the world.  They will also find out more about the world when investigating using magnets and finding out about animals and their needs.

The artist that we will focus on this term is David Hockney—he will certainly inspire us to create nature-based collages.

In PE, we will be focusing on learning ball skills and team games that will prepare the children for Sports’ Day activities.

As always, our Come and See topics will be woven tightly into every area of learning.  We will be thinking about:

  • Good News– knowing that the Pentecost is when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.
  • Friends—knowing and understanding how we make friends and what Jesus tells us about friendships.
  • Our World—recognising that the world we live in is a special place and that we need to look after it
  • Other Faith—finding out about Islam, noticing similarities and differences with our own faith.

How you can help support our topic……

 Please read these stories:

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Whatever Next? by Jill Murphy

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebbs

Ayuda’s Messy Rescue by Bemma Akeampong (the author that we met on World Book Day)

Ways to help at home

Teachers’ Guidance – every day please:

  • Talk to your child whilst playing with their favourite toys – when possible extend their play e.g. when playing with bricks or creating a picture, Plan>Do>Review (i.e. talk about what they want to make, make it together and then talk about what they like best or might want to change).
  • Share a story – talk about the pictures and encourage your child to predict what might happen or how a character is feeling. T Tp 1625854013 Eyfs Help Your Child With Reading Poster For Parents Ver 2
  • Spot words around the home – notice what letter sounds are in them (maybe link with their name), try to blend the sounds together (read the word) or talk about what the words mean.
  • If your child is in Foundation Stage 2 (Rainbow Fish), practise writing the letters that your child is learning this week in phonics (see weekly update for details). T Tp 1625854895 Eyfs Help Your Child With Phonics Poster For Parents Ver 3

Once a week please:

Share a story or poem together  There’s something special about listening to a book being read out loud. It can capture your child’s attention in a unique way. Encourage your child to ask questions about what they have heard, the pictures they can see. They may even want to tell you the story! (using the pictures to help them)

Silly voices reading Kids love to laugh and joke, so play into this with a story and silly voices. Get rally high-pitched, speed it up like a chipmunk, and then pitch your voice low. You child will love seeing stories come to life with your words and you’ll share a good laugh together. Get them involved—ask them to tell a story in a silly voice

Spot the Grapheme/words  When sharing a story or poem with your child ask them to spot sounds they may know and familiar words

Reading outside Children love being outside. Write some letters/words with water on the floor, or using a stick in the mud—and ask them to read it.

Play games create some resources/flashcards to use with your child.  They can be building words by having letters written on lego, toilet roll tubes etc Using letter cutters to build words in playdough, going on a word/letter hunt around the house



Summer Term 2024        Diary Dates

  • FS Sports’ Day—2.30pm, Monday, 20th May
  • Half Term Holiday: w/c 27th May
  • INSET Days—24th May, 5th July
  • End of Term: Friday, 26th July



More ideas

Playdough Recipe

A quick and easy playdough recipe so that you can help your children develop strong fingers and wrists, creative skills, communication skills as they talk about the changes they see and make and social skills as they play together with you.

List of useful websites for EYFS

For parents | Letters and Sounds ( 

Phonics play
Lots of phonics based games for children to play

Top marks
Lots of different maths activities for children to play

Lots of interactive stories and games for you to play

YouTube is great to watch the following on:

  • Numberblocks – this helps children to understand numbers up to and beyond 10 by using different characters
  • Tricky word song – these help children with reading and spelling words such as; I, go, to, he, she etc
  • Jolly Phonics songs and actions – these help children read and say different sounds
  • Alphablocks – these shows help with segmenting and blending sounds in words
  • Cosmic Kids – yoga suitable for young children

Further Information – Early Years Development Matters Curriculum Guidance  6.7534 DfE Development Matters Report And Illustrations Web 2 FS Summer Newsletter 2024