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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Mrs Jackson - Foundation Teacher

Autumn Term (Foundation Stage)


It may seem only five minutes since your little one was a babe in arms, or taking their  first steps, or saying their first words, but now here they are starting school in their uniform and seeming so grown up!


Of course the Foundation Stage team knows that they are not really grown up yet and still need lots of nurturing to fully engage with their school life and learning.  That is what this first term is all about.  We will be introducing them to formal teaching, especially phonics, and they will surprise you with how quickly they pick up their new found skills, but they will primarily be learning through play and exploration as well as getting used to school routines and teachers' expectations of behaviour.


You can help them (and us) in this process by encouraging them to talk about their school experiences, ensuring that they are independently dressing and toileting themselves and that they know what they are having for lunch.


Reading with and to your child is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure that they develop early reading skills - it should be fun and rewarding for both of you.



WOW moment slips are in your child's Reading Record (please ask for more when you need them), and are an important way for you to share their progress with the team.  WOWs also offer an opportunity to stand up in front of the class and talk confidently about their achievements. Show and Tell items provide a similar opportunity and will always be shared at some point during the week. In Foundation Stage, children's oral skills are seen as vital precursors to reading and writing and these moments of celebration are a fantastic way of developing them.


School uniform, in fact all clothing, including shoes, needs to be named to help with children's independence and the team's sanity!


Don't forget that Friday afternoons are for book changing, but feel free to stay and browse through your child's work tray, chat to the teaching team or look at our displays.


If you want to know what learning looks like in Foundation Stage browse through the photos below, check us out on Twitter or just come in and see what we do, everyone is welcome whether you might have an odd afternoon to spare or can offer us regular help.




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This is what Foundation Stage looks like ...

Diary Notes

Welcome Service at Church - Thursday 27th September

Harvest Festival

Parents' Consultation Meetings - Monday 22nd October/Wednesday 24th October (3pm-6.30pm)

Individual School Photos - Tuesday 23rd October

INSET Day - Monday 5th November

Phonics for Parents Session - date to be confirmed

PTA Christmas Fayre - Friday 30th November

Foundation Stage visit to Perlethorpe - Tuesday 4th December

Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 Nativity - Tuesday 11th December/Wednesday 12th December

Christmas Dinner Day - Wednesday 19th December

Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 Christmas Party - Thursday 20th December








Key Stage 1 Presentation Standard

Year 1 First Hundred High Frequency Words

Foundation Stage First 45 High Frequency Words

Foundation Stage Welcome Presentation

What is Phonics and How Can I Help My Child?