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

Ofsted 2016

We look so smart in our Highfields uniform!

We look so smart in our Highfields uniform! 1 Highfields Reception Class 2018-19.
We look so smart in our Highfields uniform! 2 Lining up in number order.
We look so smart in our Highfields uniform! 3 New trikes from the Friends of Highfields.
We look so smart in our Highfields uniform! 4 Our Maths lesson

Welcome to Foundation Stage


Welcome to the Foundation Stage page of our school website. All the team would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families as they start their learning journey here at Highfields.


To keep you busy through the summer, we have devised a list of books that we think the children will enjoy reading. Some are books that the children might encounter for the first time in class, others are firm favourites that are often chosen from our sharing book box. We also highly recommend the Summer Read activities held at our local library in Manningtree. Any child can take part and there are motivational stickers and certificates to collect. Why not bring your Summer Read certificate to show us when you start school and we can put a copy on our Proud Peacock wall!


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 Autumn 1

Mrs Battle & Mrs Turner - TBA

Mrs Tait & Mrs Cole - TBA


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