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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’


Welcome to Foundation Stage 2018-2019




There are a number of staff that work in the Foundation Unit that will work with your child.

Foundation Phase Leader Miss Draycott


Ladybird Class (F2) Miss Draycott and Miss Evans

Butterfly Class (F2) - Mrs Gunn, Mrs McGrath and Miss Langham

Busy Bee Class (F1) - Mrs Davis and Mr Barber

Other Staff - Mrs Finch, Mrs Barrs and Mrs Marshall

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

Below is a link to a document explaining all that you need to know about the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If you have any further question about this important stage in your child’s educational journey please see a member of staff.

What to expect in the Foundation Stage?
Below is a document that explains what your child will be doing during their time in the unit. It also includes important information about what your child needs to bring to school. There is also a handout including useful websites and ideas for activities at home.  

British Values

Click on the link below to find out what ‘British Values’ as a theme looks like in the Foundation Stage.


This is the teaching of early reading and writing. Below is a document that explains what phonics is, how it works and what you can do at home to support your children's learning. 

Below is a video showing you why pronouncing sounds in a ‘pure’ way is the most effective method for teaching children how to read. It also briefly demonstrates blending and segmenting. At 2.10 the video also demonstrates the correct pronunciation of the phonemes.