Welcome to Foundation 1


Welcome back!

We hope that you have a had a fun half term with your family and that you are all ready for the second half of our Autumn Term! We are continuing our topic Marvellous Me starting with our Home Learning which was to look for signs of Autumn to bring into school. This could be photos, a picture or the actual objects that you found. We are really looking forward to sharing these with you and hearing about the autumn family fun that you had.

This half term we will continue to develop our relationships with the adults and peers in our classroom and learn about what makes our class and school a happy place to be. There will be lots of discussions and activities about ourselves and our family.


We have already shared lots of books together in our ‘Magical Reading Kingdom’ especially...


                    Titch by Pat Hutchins                    

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


We enjoyed lots of activities including making and decorating owl biscuits, choosing our own materials to make owls which you can see on our classroom tree display and we used the language of size as we compared the three baby owls and also Titch with his bigger brother and sister.


Our focused text for this half term will be Elmer by David McKee


We have lots of activities planned including colour mixing, colour sorting, a variety of materials to explore, puppets, masks and lots more. We will also share lots of books about Christmas towards the end of the term and enjoy many festive activities and crafts.


In Literacy we will read together and also have the opportunity to look at books independently learning how to handle them carefully. Our focus for Phonics will be Phase One: Aspect two - Body Percussion which we began at the end of last half term. We have been amazed at how well the children are already recognising their names through activities such as self-registration so we are now focusing on recognising the letters in our name and how to write the first phoneme. There will be lots of opportunity for mark making with a variety of resources. 


Mathematics will involve a lot of counting especially through rhymes and songs. We will continue to recognise and use language related to size.  


Within Physical Development we will be developing our independence in our self-care as well as using a variety of resources to develop both our Fine Motor and Gross Motor skills. We have been working really hard to put our coats on independently so please encourage this at home. 


We will begin to explore the different technology toys that we have in our classroom and learn about a variety of families through role-play within the area of Understanding the World. 


In Expressive Arts and Design we will enjoy making our own musical instruments and use them as we sing and dance. We will work with malleable materials and develop our imaginations through role-play. 


Each morning we will be having a stay and play session for the first 10 minutes. Please feel free to stay and settle your child by engaging in an activity with them. This will also give us time to discuss any questions that you may have. 

We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back to begin the second half of this term. Please don’t hesitate to speak to us at any time – our door is always open. 


Mrs Jowitt and Mrs Hinchcliffe 


Remember library books are changed every Wednesday!!!