Foundation Stage Class Page

Welcome to Foundation Stage!

The adults working in Foundation Stage are:

Mrs Oates - Class Teacher/Foundation Stage Leader

Mrs Brain - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Wallis - Teaching Assistant

Miss Jackson - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Keetley - Teaching Assistant

Miss Tucker - Teaching Assistant

Miss Shields - Student Teacher

 Important Days:

  • PE Day is Monday for Big Bears, Monday and Thursday for Little Bears. The children take their shoes and socks off in the hall - no PE kit is required.
  • Monday 15th January - after school clubs are starting this week!
  • Friday 16th February - School closes for half term.

We now have a joint twitter account for both Little Bears and Big Bears, please follow @TheValeBigBears to see what we are doing every day. Tapestry is also up and running so you can see your childs learning unfolding through photographs and observations on a daily basis. We love to see what you have been doing at home too, any exciting news or events or anything you wish to share please feel free to do so on tapestry! If you do not currently have a tapestry account or are having trouble accessing it from home please see Mrs Oates at any time. 

Monday 15th January 2018

This week Big Bears will be looking at the role of a life guard and coast guard and why these jobs are important. We will be talking about the RNFL volunteers, the unorm they have to wear and why, and looking at the different types of lifeboat. We will also be discussing water safety when in the swimming pool and in the sea. 

This week's homework:

Big Bears can you create a water safety poster, telling people how they can stay safe at the beach or in the swimming pool.
Little Bears can you continue to practise writing your name!

After school clubs are starting this week, everyone who was interested should have received a slip home confirming their club choice - if you haven't had a slip, please see a member of staff.

Monday 8th January 2018

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! We are looking forward to another great term, starting with our topic of 'People Who Help Us'. We will be looking at different job roles and what they entail, and hopefully getting a few visitors into school to talk to us about their jobs. We would also like to welcome our new Little Bears that are starting this week, we hope you have a lovely first week with us and make lots of new friends!

This week's homework:

Big Bears: Can you learn your home address and telephone number in case of an emergency??
Little Bears: Can you continue to pracise writing your name with or without a name card!

Don't forget you can send us photograhs of your homework on Tapestry :-)
Wednesday 20th December 2017

Foundation stage have really done me proud this week! A super Nativity performance, in front of so many adults too! We are looking forward to our Christingle and a well-earned Christmas party day tomorrow. The children have all worked so hard this term, I hope you all have a super Christmas and I look forward to seeing you next year! That includes Parents/Guardians too - our new topic after half term requires your get lots of rest, relax and enjoy yourselves.

Don't forget your super important homework task for over the holidays....
1) Spend time with the people that you care about,
2) Do something you really enjoy,
3) Watch a Christmas movie,
4) Make somebody smile,
5) Snuggle up with a grown up and read a Christmas story,
6) Play with your favourite toys,
7) Relax, have a lie in and maybe even a PJ day!

Mrs Oates x

Friday 15th December 2017
What a fantastic week we have had in Foundation Stage! Our bedtime story event was a huge success, the children had a lovely evening and really did the school proud. A big thank you to parents/guardians that also came to support the school, we are already looking forward to next year and thinking of new ideas - if you have any, please do let us know! Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to see new photos from this week..

It is our final dress rehearsal for the nativity this morning (with Mr Yeomans as our audience!!), we can't wait to show you our play next week. The children really have worked hard, I am so proud of their achievements and the confidence we have seen.

This week's homework:

You have all worked incredibly hard this term, both in school and out of school. Your homework for this weekend and the Christmas holidays is:

1) Spend time with the people that you care about,
2) Do something you really enjoy,
3) Watch a Christmas movie,
4) Make somebody smile,
5) Snuggle up with a grown up and read a Christmas story,
6) Play with your favourite toys,
7) Relax, have a lie in and maybe even a PJ day or 2!
Friday 8th December 2017
An exciting Christmassy week this week, the children have enjoyed practising for our Christmas Nativity and writing letters to Santa! Mrs Oates and Miss Drury are super impressed with the writing and know Santa will be impressed too! The children have been helping to decorate the unit, putting up lights and Christmas trees and looking out for Santa's Special elves Star and Mrs Sparkle! The children have also enjoyed science experiments - making their own snow! We figured out baking powder and hair conditioner makes a fantastic snow (top tip for you parents/guardians - but be wary it can get incredibly messy!!!)

This week's homework:

Little Bears - can you practise writing your name?
Big Bears - can you write a story about our class elf, Star?

Friday 1st December 2017
The children have enjoyed our 'Birthday's' week this week, and particularly enjoyed helping Mrs Tucker celebrate her birthday by making jam sandwiches and fruit juice! Next week the children are looking forward to starting our Christmas activities and continuing to practise for our Christmas Nativity.

This week's homework:

Little Bears - practising putting coats and shoes on/off independently.
Big Bears - writing a letter to Santa! Don't forget a capital letter for Santa's name because he's very important!

Friday 25th November 2017

A fantastic week in Foundation Stage, learning all about weddings and sharing our stories of weddings we have been to! The children particularly enjoyed pretending to get married; making their own flowers, wedding cake and acting out the ceremony. Our visit to the Church made the week extra special, the children really got a good picture of how weddings take place. Congratulations to our Bridge and Groom Maddie and Ben - scroll down for official wedding photos!

This week's homework:

Little Bears - what shapes can you see when you're out and about this weekend? Can you take a photo or draw them?

Big Bears - what technology do you use at home? Can you draw or bring in a photograph of you using them! This could be - TV remote, ipad or even washing machine!


Friday 17th November 2017

A super end to our week with PJ and onesie day for children in need, a big thank you to all that joined in and helped to raise money! The children have also enjoyed their Nursery Rhyme week, learning new rhymes and acting them out with their friends. Next week the children have asked if we can learn about weddings, we are looking forwards to finding out about marriages and we may even have a Big Bears Wedding in the week!

In our Maths work we have been learning about money and different ways to pay. This weekend why not talk about money when shopping with your children, it would be really beneficial if they could pay for something in a shop!

Friday 10th November 2017

We have had a very busy week in Foundation Stage this week! Bonfires, building, baking and balancing! We have been exploring our new science area in the classroom as well as carrying out scientific experimets and making our own lava lamps. We are all looking forward to next week, learning about children in need and coming to school in our PJ's. We wll be talking about children all around the world and comparing their lifestyles to our own.

If you have not yet made a parents evening appointment, please see Mrs Oates to arrange a day suitable for you. If you are not available on any of the given days we can arrange an alternative day. Many thanks!

Friday 3rd November 2017

A great first week back in Foundation Stage, the children have loved exploring our new open unit! The children can now access Nursery and Reception class all day everyday! This week we have been trying our hardest with balancing in PE - on one leg and on our bottoms! Next week we will look at balancing bean bags on different parts of our body. We have also enjoyed our outdoors learning, making trains with the crates and building tipis! Next week we are looking forward to taking part in some bonfire crafts and learning about staying safe around the fireworks.


Friday 20th October 2017

A wonderful end to our half term with the Harvest Festival, a big well done to all children who were absolutely amazing singers and actors! Also a big thank you to parents for your continuous support, we had a fantastic turnout and we look forward to the next production...

Next half term is going to be a very exciting one with Halloween, Diwali and Christmas celebrations. Have a lovely, well-earned half term Big Bears, I'll look forward to fresh faces on Monday morning!

Friday 13th October 2017

A fantastic end to our Disney topic, with Finding Nemo and under the sea themed activities! Next week the children are looking forward to sharing our Harvest Festival with our grown ups - we have worked so hard to learn lots of songs! The children are invited to bring a change of clothes with them for the festival - farmer or scarecrow themed. We will be baking our own bread, and finding out how our food grows and where it comes from. Don't forget school photo day is on Tuesday!

Friday 6th October 2017

Big Bears have loved finishing our Peter Pan topic with our dress up day this week! A massive thank you to parents for super costumes and creative ideas. This week we have started learning lots of new Autumn songs ready for our Harvest Festival on Tuesday 17th October. Our story this year is 'The Little Red Hen', we are going to be doing lots of activities based on the story over the next couple of weeks, and we might even have a try at making our own bread!

We will be carrying out 2 performances for our Harvest Festival, so both morning Nursery and afternoon Nursery can join in. These will be 11am and 2:45pm, we hope to see you there!

Friday 29th September 2017

We have loved continuing with our Peter Pan topic this week - from making treasure maps and Indian headbands to walking the plank and scrubbing the deck in PE! Big Bears are so excited for our dress up day next Wednesday, I can't wait to see everyone's costumes. Next week we will move our Peter Pan topic onto Pirates; looking for buried treasure, creating wanted posters and making our own telescopes to look out for unwanted visitors! Our learning journals are now up and running, and we are looking forward to sharing the children's super work with you at our Open Classroom on Tuesday. 

Friday 22nd September 2017

Our topic this week has been Peter Pan, and the children have thoroughly enjoyed it! From building Peter Pan and the Lost Boys' house, to dressing up, acting out the story and even doing some fantastic writing based around Peter Pan! We are really looking forward to continuing with our topic next week where we will be making pirate hats, treasure maps and telescopes...I wonder if you can guess which character in particular we will be focusing on?

On Wednesday 4th October, we will be having a Peter Pan dress up day! The children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite Peter Pan character - Peter, Tinkerbell, Hook, Smee, a mermaid or even a crocodile!

Friday 15th September 2017

Another great week in Big Bears, and what a busy week it has been too! Our first full week in school and having our school dinner in the hall, our first PE lesson of the year, enjoying shining star assembly and drawing our favourite Toy Story characters.

Next week we are excited to start creating our learning journeys; a folder that will be filled with our lovely work, observations and photographs of us working hard. We will be sharing these with you at our 'Open Classroom' next month!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @TheValeBigBears to see what we are up to every day!


Friday 8th September 2017

Big Bears have had a super first week this week and have finished the week off with a school dinner! The children did exceptionally well with their lunches and are all looking forward to trying something different next week. Big Bears have all been sent a dinner slip with their name on, please fill in their dinner choices for next week and return the slip to us on Monday morning.

You can now follow us on Twitter @TheValeBigBears where you wil find lots of information, daily photographs and videos on what fun we are having in Foundation Stage.

Next week we are look forward to starting our Disney topic with Toy Story, and the children are invited to bring in one of their favourite toys from home to share with their friends (they can bring in a toy on any one day, nothing too big please!).

Thank you again for a great first week back Big Bears, have a super weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday!