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Welcome to Foundation Stage 2018-2019



Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage area of the school website.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of three classes; The Ladybirds and The Butterflies are our Foundation Stage 2 (Reception) classes and The Busy Bees is our Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery) class.


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
Miss Draycott and Miss McDonnell

Butterfly Class
Miss Martin and Mrs Davis and Miss Langham

Busy Bee Class
Mrs Mitchell, Mr Barber, Miss Maitland and Miss Langham

Other Staff
Mrs Finch, Mrs Barrs and Mrs Marshall

Picture 1 Miss Draycott
Picture 2 Miss Martin
Picture 3 Miss McDonnell
Picture 4 Mrs Davies
Picture 5 Mrs Finch

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.  

The theme of British Values runs thoughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. Click on the link below to find out what ‘British Values’ as a theme looks like in the Foundation Stage.

During your child’s time in the Foundation Unit they will be encouraged to explore the world around them and ask questions about what they find. We encourage the children to be independent learners but also have group sessions and focused tasks where the children work with an adult.

One of the group sessions that your child will have will be phonics. 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.