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

Mrs Maxey - Foundation Teacher

Spring Term (Foundation Stage)


Hello from a new face at Archbishop Cranmer Primary Academy, my name is Mrs Maxey and I have taken over the post of Foundation Lead Teacher at the school. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and I am hoping to continue the excellent practice that Mrs Jackson established at the school. Please come and say hello and introduce yourselves. Many of the routines that have been carefully crafted around the school day will remain the same, so the transition will hopefully be smooth for the children ! There will be a few new ideas too.


The children have settled well into the Foundation Stage and this next term looks set to be a busy and exciting one. As we explore Super heroes, People who help us this half term and then Pirates and Signs of Spring after half term. We will be continuing to build upon good routines for the children in the setting, to establish their independence and confidence in school. Although one term in, we still realise they need lots of nurturing to fully engage with their school life and learning. We will be carrying on with the formal teaching of phonics, writing and maths, but they will primarily be learning through play and exploration as well as guided small group tasks.


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

First Day of Spring Term -Monday 7th January

Fire Brigade Visit - Thursday 17th January

Chinese New Year Celebrations- week commencing 4th February

Parents' Consultation Meetings - Monday 11th February and Wednesday 13th February (3pm-6.30pm)

Bring Someone to School you Love to Lunch - Thursday 14th February

Half Term Holiday Saturday 16th February - Sunday 24th February

Pancake Day Celebrations -  Tuesday 5th March

Easter Activities Week - week commencing Monday 1st April

Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Rolling - more information to follow

Easter Holidays Saturday 6th April to Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday )

Start of Summer Term - Tuesday 23rd April

INSET DAY - Friday 28th June








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?