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The Early Years provision is OUTSTANDING and children get off to a flying start!

Ofsted 2016

Picture 1 Lining up in number order.
Picture 2 Sitting politely at snack time.
Picture 3 Passing our trike licences.
Picture 4 Passing our trike licences.
Picture 5 Our first large apparatus lesson in PE.
Picture 6 Using Numicon to learn about teen numbers.
Picture 7 On our way to Christmas dinner in our party hats.
Picture 8 Christmas Jumper Day.
Picture 1

Christmas Jumper day

Christmas Jumper day 1

Welcome to Foundation Stage


Welcome to the Foundation Stage page of our school website and a very Happy New Year to everyone. All the team would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families as they continue their learning journey here at Highfields.


We have lots of exciting learning opportunities coming up. Our themes this half term will be Winter (weather willing) and Our Toys. This will involve studying changes of state from water to ice and the properties of different materials. We will be learning about the artist Van Gogh and making our own Starry Night painting. Safer Internet Day is on the 11th February and we will be taking part in activities designed to raise awareness of how to stay safe online. We will continue our work on Celebrations by learning about Chinese New Year and how different faiths and cultures celebrate the New Year. 


Every family has been sent an invitation to an 'All About Me - My Progress' meeting. During these meetings we will discuss your child's academic and social progress and what they need to do next to work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in each area of the curriculum.


Our PE days are Wednesday mornings for both classes. At the moment we are focusing on indoor gymnastics but please make sure the children have full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times.


Open Read sessions are now re-instated and we would be delighted to see as many families as possible joining in. This is also a lovely opportunity to look around to classroom and 'touch base' with one of the Reception team. 


We were delighted to hear that so many of the children received books for Christmas. We have kept our recommended reading list for you to enjoy.


Foundation Stage Reading Ideas

Oi Frog by Kes Gray and the other rhyming books by the same author

Elmer by David McKee

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and other books by the same author such as Room on the Broom

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere

Peace At Last by Jill Murphy

Not Now Bernard by David McKee

Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

Lots of different versions of traditional tales such as Little Red Hen and The Three Little Pigs.


Non-fiction books can also be great for sharing and discussing. Topics such as animals, insects, the human body, space and sport are very interesting even to the youngest pupils. If you go somewhere that captures their interest such as the zoo or the seaside, consider encouraging your child to buy a book from the shop at the end of their visit instead of a plastic toy.


The Foundation Stage Team

Mrs Tait, Mrs Cole & Mrs Moore (Jackdaw Class)

Mrs Battle, Mrs Turner & Mrs T (Magpie Class)



Lots more  information can be found in our class booklet. Click on the general information link above and you can find an electronic copy.


Click on the blue crayon at the top of the page to see our topic plan for this half term. Please come back soon to see what else we have been learning about.


PE days Spring 1

Mrs Battle & Mrs Turner - Wednesday

Mrs Tait & Mrs Cole - Wednesday


Don't forget that our Marathon Kids running challenge will take place on most days.