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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 LeaderMrs Gunn

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


Our topic this term is...

Bees and the Environment



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!




Letter to parents



Welcome back after the short break! This half term our topic is focussed around  growing and life cycles.! We will be looking at how seeds ,animals and people.


Personal, Social, Emotional Development
We will be talking about our JC Promises and how different characters within the stories could follow them.  We will discover why it is important for us to take care of each other and our belongings. We will learn about keeping safe.  During cooking sessions we will learn about the importance of hygiene.

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. We will be taking part in Sports Relief.

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 1 more and 1 less,   adding two numbers together. We will also be investigating weights and measures through links to our plant growing. 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 different plants and vegetables. We will then compare the environments and the things plants, vegetable, animals and people need to survive and grow. Also by talking about how life today is different from World war times by remembering and Celebrating VE DAY. 'Digging for Victory'.

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 different houses- straw, stick, blocks. We will then discover which materials are stronger and suitable to build with. We will also be creating art pieces using different medias.

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.