Foundation Stage Newsletter

Spring Term 2019

Spring already!

We can't believe we are in March already, this year is flying by!
We look forward to seeing you at the stay and play session.
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Our topic

Our topic for the term is Traditional Tales.

Here is a summary of what the children will be learning across the curriculum.


Our key texts this half term are The Gingerbread man and Jack and the Beanstalk. We continue to follow 'The Write Stuff' format for our English lessons where the children focus on exploring and gathering key vocabulary, then using this in structured sentences following modelling from the teacher. The children are now beginning to write their own sentences, with reminders about capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. During continuous provision, children will have the opportunity to write in a range of ways and have access to a writing shelf so they can continue to develop the skills they learn in the lesson.

Children also have daily phonics sessions and will soon be starting handwriting lessons. Our individual reading continues to take place and we encourage you to keep reading daily at home. We would ask that you make a comment in their reading records to show how often you read at home. Regular reading at home will really help to build on their skills.


This half term we will be introducing teen numbers. We will focus on the children’s understanding of place value and that a teen number is made up of ten and another number i.e. 12 is ten and two. We will also be learning about 2d and 3d shapes and their properties. We will continue our daily number time to focus on days of the week and developing skills that have previously been taught such as addition and subtraction.


In topic we will be learning how to use different media to create for a purpose. We will be creating our own work based on the artist Kandinsky. We will also be exploring colour mixing in different ways. We are also learning about the sounds of untuned instruments and will learn how to play them. The children will continue to explore programming through the use of 'Beebots' and PE will continue on a Thursday for Bears and Lions, and Friday for Crocodiles.

Dates for your diary

Please check the website calendar for all dates for the coming half term and beyond. Our whole school newsletter will also contain the list of 'events' as well.

How can you help?

Continue to read with your child. Please ensure you change your childs reading book regularly.

Early reader books are being collected in this half term. They will be changed into homework books ready for the Summer term and the start of transition into year 1. Please hand them to your class teacher.

Here are some links to useful sites where your child can learn from home.


  • Please read with your child. Many of your children are bringing a coloured book home. Please take time supporting your child to read this book. Encouarge them to use their phonic knowledge. As they read pause and ask simple questions to support their comprehension skills too.