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New Starters for 2021-2022

Please see the Childrens section on the website for some more information about Early Years. We will be getting in touch with all the feeder settings this half term to find out all about your children. We will send out information about class teachers, settling in sessions, induction for parents and general transition information as soon as we possibly can. We look forward to meeting you and your children soon.  If you have any questions and would like to get in touch, please email;


Welcome to the Foundation class page for St Mary's C of E Primary School and a huge, warm welcome to all our new Reception children! On this page you will find information about: our classroom, daily routine, topics and theme of learning for the term.  Please check this page on a regular basis for updates.

Ali Class

Who's Who?

Mr Bond

Miss Hewins

Miss Linton




Contact Information

To contact your class teacher please email:


Mr Bond - Ali Class


The Easter Story 

The Foundation children enjoyed reenacting the Easter Story as part of their RE lesson.  Lead by the brilliant Miss Hewins and Miss Rizzo, the children performed amazingly in their roles.    

Science Week 

Here it is! We hope you enjoy our Christmas Nativity:

We’re going on a baby hunt

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Foundation Christmas Nativity

It has been really tough not being able to perform and invite you as parents to our Christmas nativity.  Despite Covid 19 restrictions, the children have worked hard to perform a Christmas story instead.

Our version, 'We're going on a baby hunt' will be uploaded very soon for you to view, until then, here is a sneak preview.  Look at the picture below.

Dinosaur Homework Challenge 

Linking with our topic on dinosaurs, we would like you to be imaginative and create your own dinosaur.  You could do a painting, collage, build a dinosaur with junk modelling materials, or create a dinosaur by paper mache.

Have fun with your creating, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we won’t be able to have these in school with us, but please send an email with pictures of your dinosaur homework.  Please complete this task and send your pictures to us by 3rd December 2020.


Interactive learning

The children had a wonderful time learning about dinosaurs, through the use of technology.  They were focussed and excited to have their learning brought to life in a fun, interactive way.

Our current topic is Dinosaurs

The children will have fun learning all about dinosaurs through fun, practical hands on learning.

During the topic the children will learn to recognise and identify different types of dinosaurs, they will be able to explain whether a dinosaur is a herbivore or carnivore.  The children will develop their phonic skills during literacy by labelling dinosaurs and reading stories such as 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants'.  Within maths, the children will compare dinosaurs by their weight and size.

Look at the fun we are having learning about dinosaurs...

Look at the fun we have been having during P.E

The children have been having fun during our P.E lessons. Have a look what the children have been doing.

Our Learning Environment

Look at our exciting new dinosaur museum role-play area.

Development Matters 


Your Child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.  They are;


Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.  Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


The reading record, pictured above, is designed to be used every time you listen to your child read.  It allows you to make small comments and observations about your child's progress and highlight any areas where they may be struggling.  In turn, the class teacher will take time to read the comments that have been made and include their own observations while listening to them read during the week.  This will also include how your child is progressing with there sight words, which are given out in a small plastic purse.   


It is important to stress that you need to spend at least 10 minutes every day listening to your child read.  The more time you spend listening to and helping your child with their reading, the greater their development will be in the long run!  If you are unsure about anything then please don't hesitate to ask any member of the Foundation team.   

The image above shows the 'sight words' pack that is given to each child in Foundation.  Simply read and repeat the words with your child until they are able to remember them independently.  While at school, your child's class teacher will listen to them read as well as go through the sight words they are currently learning.  Only when they are able to independently say a word confidently and on multiple occasions, will they be given new words to learn.   We encourage you to do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes every day. 


During the week the Foundation children undertake phonics lessons with a different phonics sounds taught every day.  We use Jolly Phonics as our focus.

Jolly Phonic Song for Kid Phase 2

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

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