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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



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, Sherrie and Sam



Dangerous Dinosaurs

This half term our topic is focussed around Dinosaurs! We will be investigating different types of eggs, dinosaurs, bones and fossils. Throughout the half term, we will be exploring the school looking for dinosaurs, predicting what will hatch from a variety of eggs, uncovering bones and fossils. We will end the topic with a dinosaur party day!

Personal, Social, Emotional Development
We will be talking about our feelings and discussing how to care for people and animals. We will describe how to look after the eggs that we have found and why it is important to be careful when handling them. Children will practise talking to the class by creating and performing a mini presentation about a chosen dinosaur.

Communication and Language
Children will have the opportunity to practise their group speaking and listening skills. We will take part in circle times, discussing different aspects of what they have been learning that week. Children will also be able to ‘Show and Tell’ something that they have done at home or brought from home. We would love to see photographs of any activities or days out that you have been on! We will also be attending assemblies to practise listening skills in large groups.

Physical Development
We will be preparing and practising for Sports Day, including skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking. We will be continuing to practise our hand writing skills by correctly forming the letters of the alphabet. Children will also brush their teeth daily.

Children will have opportunities to write for a purpose, such as keeping a diary which explains what they have found during their explorations and describing the different environments that dinosaurs lived in. We will continue to develop our reading skills through phonics and begin to read in small groups in preparation for guided reading lessons.

We will continue to focus on measuring, particularly length and weight, including ordering and measuring dinosaur bones by length. Children will also learn how to share an amount equally between several groups and develop different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Understanding the World
Children will have the opportunity to dig up fossils and bones. We will be discussing different types of dinosaurs and what kinds of environments they lived in. Children will then compare these environments with the environment that we live in and discuss how they are same and how they are different.

Expressive Arts and Design
We will be experimenting with different materials and resources and decide which are the best to use for specific purposes. We will use this new knowledge to work together to create a large 3D dinosaur. We will also experiment with music by trying to make the kinds of sounds that dinosaurs might make.

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.