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


Welcome to Foundation Stage





Foundation Phase LeaderMiss Draycott

Ladybird Class (F2) - Miss Draycott, Mrs Day, Miss King, Mrs Thompson

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

Busy Bee Class (F1) - Mrs Davis, Miss Langham, Miss Wilson, Mrs Hydes

Other Staff - Mrs Finch


Foundation Stage PE


Butterflies and Ladybirds: Monday afternoons.

Please send your child to school with their PE kit as soon as possible. Please ensure ALL items are clearly labelled with your child's name. This helps prevent lost items and helps your child with their independence skills.


To help support and prepare your child for PE lessons please practice getting dressed at home - socks and buttons are particularly tricky!


Reading Mornings


Please come and share a story with your children on Friday mornings at 8.50am to 9.00am!




Exciting New JC Art Competition

Are you the next Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso?

Enter the new self-portrait competition



Closing date Friday 14th February

Further details can be found in the PPT below!

Picture 1
Picture 2

Letter to parents


Under the Sea

Welcome back after the winter break! This half term our topic is focussed around the sea! We will be investigating the different kinds of creatures which live in the sea and learn about different types of pirates.


Personal, Social, Emotional Development
We will be talking about our feelings and discussing how to care for sea animals and their habitats. We will discover why it is important for us to take care of animals, the sea and our planet.

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 having weekly P.E. lessons where we will be practising getting ourselves changed and understanding the importance of keeping ourselves safe during our these lessons.

Children will have opportunities to write for a purpose, such as writing lists, fact files, character and scene descriptions. We will continue to develop our segmenting and blending reading skills through phonics. As a class, we will be sharing fiction and non-fiction texts and understand what 

We will be learning how to add and subtract numbers 1-9 using our fingers, objects and number lines. We will also be investigating capacity through links to our Under the Sea topic. We will continue our knowledge and understanding of shapes by learning about the names and properties of 3D shapes.

Understanding the World
Children will have the opportunity to learn about sea creatures and their habitats. We will then compare these environments with the environment that we live in and discuss how they are same and how they are different. We will also investigate different types of pirates, including real pirates from the past and explore floating and sinking.

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 pirate boats. We will then discover which materials and shape of boats sink and which float. We will also be creating art pieces using rubbish from the sea.

Additional Information


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.