Foundation Stage

Our Foundation Stage includes all our children in our three Reception classes. 

Koalas Class

In Koalas Class our teacher is Mrs Keeling and our teaching assistant is Mrs Timmins. 

Giraffes Class

In Giraffes Class our teacher is Mrs Wyatt and our teaching assistant is Mrs Steeper. 

Bears Class

In Bears Class  our teacher is Mrs Bagshaw and our teaching assistant is Mrs Turton.

You can find out more about what we are learning by reading our Topic Overviews:

Parental Overview Autumn 1 2017

Parental Overview Autumn 2 2017

Parental Overview Spring 1 2018

For more information about the Foundation Stage curriculum please look on the Curriculum section of our website. 

Click here to download the Power Point used at the Foundation Stage Early Writing Workshop on Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Early writing Development Workshop


Click here to download the Power Point used at the Foundation Stage Phonics Meeting on Thursday 12th October

Phonics Power Point  

Learning in Reception

Have a look at what we have been up to in Bears, Giraffes and Koalas classes!

Monday 5th February

Today Jenny from the History Van came in and we learned all about what life was like to live a long time ago. We worked in the farmer's cottage doing the washing and ironing, beating the carpets, carrying water and milking the cow.

We also talked about travel in the olden days and cleaned the horses tack and looked at horse brasses.

Did you know that people wrote with swan feathers and ink?  Only feathers from male swans were used because these were the biggest and strongest.  A male swan is called a pen and this is where today's pens take their name from.

Have a look at our 'Rogues Gallery' below!


In Bears class the children have been learning all about the story of the 'Gingerbread Man', and really enjoyed making and eating gingerbread biscuits!  They also came up with some great ideas to find a different way to help the Gingerbread Man to escape across the river, away from the fox. This led to some super writing! 

They also worked independently to make a Gingerbread man from card and split pins, and were really proud of the results.

Bears class have also been working hard on addition, and applied their knowledge when playing a game in P.E., where they worked together in pairs to throw a bean bag into a hoop and recorded the scores.  Great co-operation and amazing throwing!


The Koalas have been learning about the story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears'.    On Monday the children came to school to find Baby Bear's chair broken and in pieces on the floor.  They guessed it was Goldilocks and became detectives looking for clues.  School CCTV footage seemed to show a flash of golden hair, could that have been her?

The children made hat bands and worked together to make a new chair for Baby Bear.  They then branched out in their hat making 'shop' and made hats for themselves becoming 'Feather Man', princesses and super heroes.

26th January 2018

As part of our topic on traditional tales we have learnt a  song called 'The Farmer in the Dell' that was written nearly 200 years ago!  This week we became musicians and added percussion to our song.  We practised keeping in time to the beat and for each verse of the song we used a different instrument.  We think it sounded brilliant!

Snow Day!

On Thursday we had snow, lots of it!  In Koalas we decided to have a 'Snow Day'.

We made snowmen in plastic bottles and left them inside to see how fast they would melt.  We put snow in the water tray and added colours using pipettes.  We thought the colours might melt the snow, but they didn't.

We also used algorithms we had already made in computing to instruct a friend how to make a mini snowman out of real snow!

Maths Open Morning

Tuesday 16th January 2018

This morning we invited parents and carers to come into school to join in lots of activities linked to our Maths curriculum.

Everyone enjoyed a range of activities including: counting, hunting for numbers, forming numbers, estimating how many objects would fit into a shape and counting to check.  Talking about 2D shapes, playing games with dice, adding, using Numicon and much, much more!

Have a look at our photos to see some of our activities.

11th January 2018

In Giraffes class we have been reading 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and we have had lots of fun activities including, of course, making and eating porridge with different toppings, it was yummy!  We had a surprise when we found an intruder had been in our class and broken a chair in our Three Bears Cottage so we became detectives and searched for clues, golden hair was found and we soon realised it was Goldilocks!  We then received a message from Goldilocks asking us to make a new chair for Baby Bear so we worked in small groups to design and build new chairs, with lots of mod cons, including a swimming pool, a trap to catch Goldilocks, a slide to go down, a hiding place for Baby Bear and other super ideas!  Great team work Giraffes!

12th January 2018.

This Friday an envelope arrived for the children in the Koala class.  We were very excited to see a letter  and a book from the author Martin Waddell.  Before Christmas we did some work around the story 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear' and wrote letters to 'The Bear Cave' to suggest ways in which Baby Bear could get to sleep.  Mrs Keeling put them in the post and Martin Waddell wrote back!  This was a great way for the children to see that writing has a purpose!

This week all the children have enjoyed a trip to Whirlow Hall Farm.  We learnt about animals in winter and took part in activities linked to the story Stick Man.  The children were so well behaved and engaged in the activities, it was a pleasure to be with them - well done.

Below are a few photos showing some of the activities we enjoyed.

The children have all been enjoying learning about the story Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.  Each class received a letter from Stick Man himself explaining that he had left clues to a Stick Man tree in school!  We had great fun following the clues and finding the tree.  The Koala class tried to get Stick Man to come out, but although the children shouted his name, there was no sign of him.  They decided to leave notes and maps to show him how to reach the Koala classroom.  This began a whole series of letters and messages going back and forth from the children to Stick Man.  They built him a village and he left another note asking if they would write to tell him more about themselves.  I wonder what will happen next?

On Friday 1st December the whole school had a Christmas Workshop.  We had great fun with glitter and sequins making Christmas decorations for the classrooms!

On Thursday we learnt all about how to stay safe crossing the road.  We enjoyed a visit from Karen, a road safety expert, a walk to the Puffin crossing on Fulwood Road and played outside crossing a 'road' in the playground.

Remember 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think!'

Today we held a Writing Workshop for all parents/carers of children in our Foundation Stage classes. Kristina Scott who is a lead practitioner for the Schools Sports Partnership in Derbyshire explained about the link between gross and fine motor skills and children's ability to write.  There were lots of activities for children and their grown-up to try including Dough Disco, ribbon twirling, writing in salt and foam, threading, cutting and writing.  Take a look at our photos to see some of the things we did.

Please look out in your child's book bag for a leaflet detailing stages of writing development and activities you can try at home.

We have been reading "Wow! Said the Owl" by Tim Hopgood, a story about an owl that decides to stay awake all day and discovers a world full of colour.  We have had fun exploring colours by showing our owl the colours in our school grounds, making rainbow collages, experimenting with Skittles, as well as lots of other exciting activities.

Our new topic of 'Light and Dark' got off to an exciting start with a visit from 'Sam's Safaris'!  Sam brought along lots of nocturnal animals for us to meet, stroke and hold!  Animals included a barn owl called Spirit, a chinchilla called Scrabbles, two stick insects called Twiggy and Twiglet, a gargoyle gecko called Graham and a tree frog called Terrance! 

Today we celebrated Diwali!  Zara and Arya came in their new Diwali clothes and told us about how they had celebrated at home.  They brought sweets for us all to share!  During the morning we drew around our hands and decorated them with Medhi patterns, made clay divas and Rangoli patterns.

We have been learning about our class animals.  Giraffes wanted to see how big a real giraffe was so they went outside and made a life-size picture of one!  It was very big!

Have a look below at what we have been doing in our first few weeks of school.