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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, Miss Mulloy and Miss McDonnell

Butterfly Class
Miss Martin and Mrs Davies

Busy Bee Class
Miss Garforth and Mrs Jacques

Other Staff
Mrs Finch, Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Winfield, Mrs Hawker and Mrs Marshall

Picture 1 Miss Draycott
Picture 2 Miss Martin
Picture 3 Miss Garforth
Picture 4 Miss Mulloy
Picture 5 Miss McDonnell
Picture 6 Mrs Davies
Picture 7 Mrs Jacques
Picture 8 Mrs Finch

Spring 1-
This half-term we will be exploring the question

'What's your favourite Julia Donaldson book?' 
The children will be taking part in exciting learning opportunities based on a different Julia Donaldson book each week. 
If you have any questions about the upcoming half-term please speak to a member of staff.

Please see below for the mind map detailing the learning opportunities that will be taking place in the unit this half term. 





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.

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