Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception 

Class teachers:

Mrs Mundy, Miss Hoggart and Miss Louis

Teaching assistants:

Mrs Agus and Miss Limb

Spring term

Dates for your diary

1st February – Chinese New Year. The children will be taking part in some food tasting and some Chinese New Year dragon dancing.

Week commencing 7th February Children’s Mental Health Week

8th February – Safer Internet Day

Winter walk around the school grounds

10th February – Individual and sibling photographs

The Place That I Live

This term, we are learning about ‘The Place That I Live’. As geographers, we will be looking at and learning about local maps and maps of the world. We will also be comparing similarities and differences between the place where they live and other places. We will update our blog regularly with examples of the work that we are doing. Please find below a copy of our concept organiser.

Concept Organiser, Spring 1, The Place That I Live.pdf

Our Class Texts

This term, we will be reading some traditional tales such as 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will be learning the stories through Talk for Writing, where we will be learning to tell the story with actions from memory using a story map. We will be using both texts as a stimulus for our reading and writing.

The children will also be learning and joining in with new rhymes and poems linked to our topic and celebrations and events taking place this half term.


Phase One Phonics is taught within Nursery. The children are taught;

· General sound discrimination

· Rhythm and rhyme

· Alliteration

· Voice Sounds

· Oral Blending and Segmenting

Phonic sessions are taught daily as a discrete lesson in their Nursery group. Children who are ready to move onto our RWI programme will join the Reception groups to move their learning forward.

The children in Reception will continue their Read, Write, Inc. lessons, applying their phonic knowledge and skills at various different levels. Information about what your child is working on will be sent in their reading packets.

How you can help at home:

Practise pronouncing the pure sounds: Remember no ‘fuh’ and ‘luh’!

Practise saying the set 1 sounds at speed.

Read favourite stories over and over again

Listen to them read consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words, paper ditties or their take home Phonics storybooks (depending on their RWI group)

Have fun with Fred Talk e.g. “what a tidy r-oo-m!”

j-a-m jam, c-a-t cat, p-e-n pen, sh-o-p shop


Useful videos and websites for phonics:


Nursery children will be continuing to build on their basic number skills by practicing touch counting. The nursery children will have regular opportunities to apply their touch counting skills by exploring natural objects (pine cones, sticks, leaves) in the outdoor area and with the resources in the classroom. They will also be learning to recognise, continue and create an AB pattern through actions, pegging clothes on a washing line or building blocks. We will also be exploring 2D shapes and their properties through matching activities and going on shape hunts around the classroom.

Reception children will participate in daily maths lessons by exploring the indoor and outdoor areas to complete practical activities. Reception will learn how to count beyond 10 and tackle exciting challenges when comparing or studying the composition of numbers. The children in reception will investigate length, weight and capacity by using the equipment to test their predictions. The reception children will extend their prior knowledge of 2D shapes and advance their learning by introducing 3D shapes. We will encourage our reception children to articulate and justify their ideas, which will develop their ability to reason in maths.

PE days: 

The children in Reception will take part in PE on a Monday.

For each session, children will need to come to school in their PE kit, including pumps/trainers, dark tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a white t-shirt.


In RE, the children will be learning about New Year celebrations and traditions. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year, the traditional story related to this and ways that it is celebrated across the world. This will give the children the opportunity to explore and discuss different cultures.


We expect that the children in Reception practice the set 1 sounds and practice Fred talking (help your child to say the pure sounds as quickly as they can and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word e.g. l-e-g leg, p-e-n pen) at least three times a week. To help your child develop their reading please share stories and listen to them read simple consonant vowel consonant words, paper ditty or their book (depending on their RWI group)

The children in Reception also need to practice their spellings in preparation for their weekly spelling test.

For topic, the children will be set homework on Microsoft Teams each half term. The purpose of this is for children to be creative and have fun working on a project with their parent/carer. This homework will usually be set at the start of the half term and the deadline will be within the last week of half term.

Home school books:

Your child will have a home/school book in their reading packers. Please use this to record all homework that has been completed weekly. This should be brought to school every day.

Learning through Play:

Children‛s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. We believe that playing with peers is important for children‛s development. Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children and they communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

Metacognition and Self-Regulation: 

It is important that children develop their skills of metacognition and self-regulation. Put simply, this means that we encourage the children to think about how they learn, not just what they learn.

During the time that children in Early Years can choose their own learning during ‘Plan, Do, Review’ sessions the children tell us what area they are going to work in and what learning they are going to do in there. At the end of the session the children share their learning with a group of children. The group of children are encouraged to ask them questions about the work they have done. We also encourage the children to think about the schools learning powers that they have used when completing their chosen task.

How you can help your child at home:

  • Encourage your child to have a try at fastening their own coats before doing it for them. You can always start the zip off and let your child finish fastening it.
  • Teach your child to use a knife and fork so that they can be more independent at dinner times.
  • Support your child in tidying their own toys away. This is something that they need to be able to do at school. We encourage children to put something back once they have finished with it. We also expect them to help tidy the classroom and outdoor area when we have finished the session.
  • It is important that your child learns how to hold a pencil correctly. Once they have learnt the wrong way to do it, it is really difficult to undo. As soon as they are ready encourage them to use a tripod grip when mark making so that they are ready for writing and forming letters.

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