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Autumn Term 1

Our topic for the first few weeks will be ‘Nursery Rhymes’ as the children settle into the school routine. We will then move onto ‘People Who Help Us’ up to half term.



PE kits are to be kept in school throughout the term. We only send them home at the end of each half term to be washed. Please ensure that earrings are removed and long hair is tied back. To prepare your child for our PE sessions, please encourage them to dress and undress themselves independently.



We will begin teaching single sounds in the next few weeks. We will be teaching skills such as blending and segmenting in preparation for reading. We will be hosting a phonics evening for parents to attend later in this half term. This will provide you with more information about how to support your child with their reading.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be having weekly circle time sessions where we will be focussing on our school values. In this term, we will also be reiterating the school rules through our class promise:

We promise to …

Make good choices

Share with friends

Not hurt anybody

Always tell the truth

Be nice to each other

Help each other

Always try our best


Communication and Language

  • We have a home corner and a construction site in our role play areas
  • Speaking and listening games and activities
  • We will be singing lots of nursery rhymes
  • We will be discussing the roles of the emergency services and other people who help us in our local community
  • We will be reading a variety of different stories which will help develop your child’s vocabulary and listening skills



  • Daily phonics lessons- 3 sounds a week- Children will be taught to read, write, recognise and apply single sounds
  • We will be sending home sound sheets every week so that you can practise and reiterate your child’s learning
  • We will be singing Jolly Phonics songs in our lessons. You could listen to these at home too! (
  • We will be practising name writing using pre-cursive letter formation
  • To support pencil control, we will be encouraging children to colour within the lines



  • We will be counting, recognising and ordering numbers 0-10
  • We are exploring different number resources (e.g. Numicon, bead strings etc.)
  • Singing number nursery rhymes
  • Introducing 2D shapes and repeating patterns


Expressive Arts and Design

  • Daily dancing (Take 10)
  • Mindfulness sessions (meditation and relaxation strategies)
  • Painting self-portraits
  • Weekly singing sessions


Harvest Assembly

This year, Foundation will be performing the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ for our assembly. This will take place on 10th October 2017 and details of this will follow in due course.


Outdoor Area

We are currently redesigning our Foundation playground. We are creating lots of new areas which we know your child will be excited to discover, especially our brand new ‘mud kitchen’!


Many Thanks,

The Foundation Team smiley