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

Mrs Maxey - Foundation

Welcome Meeting for New Starters - Power Point - Monday 7th June 2021

Congratulations on your school place for Sept 2021. Here’s some brilliant advice to get school ready

Summer Term 1 : Space

Introduction to Our Summer Term Topics


The first half of the Summer Term Foundation will be exploring the theme of Space.We shall be learning about the role of an astronaut in space, how do they manage to cook, eat, clean, sleep and perform every day simple tasks we take for granted. The children will also be learning about the planets of the solar system. We will try to foster a love of space and a curiosity for the things of space that remain undiscovered and unknown. Is there life on Mars?  The children will have lots of fun designing their own rockets, making a space alien and playing in their very own space station role play area. The children will develop their curiosity, imagination and wonder about the wider world of space, asking questions of experts in the field like Tim Peake or Chris Hadfield , following their posts on Twitter and You Tube. 



Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space

2013-03-31 - Canadian astronaut and Commander of Expedition 35 answers a question about how astronauts brush their teeth in space. You might be surprised by ...

Summer Term 2: Woodland Adventures

Woodland Adventures

The second half term of the Summer Term  will be another new topic of ‘Woodland Adventures’. We shall be exploring classic stories suitable for the Early Years, like The Gruffalo, Little Red Riding Hood ,Going on a Bear Hunt and various Stories about  Minibeasts. We hope to enjoy the great outdoors this term, discovering the different habitats of mini beasts, learning about the importance of bees, finding out about different types of trees and hopefully having a teddy bears picnic at some point outside !


We hope to have lots of fun in our learning this Summer Term, if you  have any wonderful ways to make this Summer Term a magical time for the children based on their learning please speak to us.


Looking forward to working with you and your children.

Mrs Maxey

Foundation Stage Teacher

Oral Health

One of the new areas of learning for Foundation children focuses upon looking after their oral health. With the restrictions posed by the covid pandemic in the UK, the importance of looking after our teeth and dental hygiene has never been more important. The children will have the opportunity to learn about correct brushing of their teeth, how are teeth are formed from baby to adult teeth, having a nice smile with healthy looking teeth and eating healthily as a preventative measure for good dental hygiene. If you are a dentist or know a dentist who would be happy to talk to the children about keeping their teeth healthy and clean, we would love to hear from you. We would love to arrange a zoom meeting for our class to have a question and answer session with a real life dentist. Please get in touch if you think you could help.

Thanks in advance, we are a friendly welcoming class , I promise !!  Kind Regards Mrs Maxey

How to care for our Teeth with Dr Ranj and Supertooth!

A two minute guide to healthy teeth for children with Dr Ranj Singh as presenter and Gemma Oaten as the voice of his sidekick Supertooth! This is one...

Phonics Advice - How do I encourage my child to blend?

Super Jargon Phonic Buster

Phonics Family - How do I pronounce the sounds?

How to pronounce correctly the phase 2 and phase 3 phonemes ?

Things to Remember 

Please can you ensure your child arrives at school, with a waterproof coat, a named water bottle already filled with water and their reading book bag every day. Even after the sunniest of mornings, it can still rain, so please can you ensure that your child has a coat for those inclement weather days. Thank you. 


When the weather is sunny, please can you ensure your child arrives at school with their suncream already applied and a named sun hat, which they may place on their pegs in school. 


Wednesday's are our PE days in Foundation. During the colder days we encourage the children to come to school in their jogging bottoms, trainers, PE T-shirt and school jumper or cardigan to keep warm and their coats. On sunnier and warmer days, children are allowed to come to school wearing black shorts, a white t- shirt and trainers, with their coat or jumper or cardigan. Please bring their book bags too on these days and an already filled water bottle.


Please can you try and hear your child read at least 3 times a week or more. Ideally once every day for 5 minutes is the best option, please sign their reading diary to help us track their progress in their reading. Every Friday your child's books will be refreshed and changed. Thanks for your partnership in supporting your child with their reading.


Every Friday we have a mini- quiz in our phonics lessons to test the children on their Key Words for the week. The key words for each week are changed on a Friday and sent home on key rings on their book bags. Please support your child at home, by reading together the key words and practice writing these words independently. 


Thanks for your help in supporting school with following these routines, we appreciate it.

Please can you especially  ensure your child always has their named water bottle and book bag in school every day.

These two items are essential to their school day. 





Seesaw - Online Learning Platform- Parent Partnership



This online learning journal will be an excellent way of working in partnership with school for the education of your child. We will be sharing the learning that takes place in the school day and hopefully capturing some of those magic moments in EYFS for you to celebrate at home with your child. We would also recommend parents upload proud learning moments at home, or special family events, awards or discoveries of the natural world. This will be a great talking tool with the class during school hours. This year we ask for no show and tell to be brought into school, instead Show and Tell will be online, so please upload any photos you would like your child to share with their class to their online journal. Please can you ensure that you fill in the Seesaw consent forms and adhere to the rules surrounding using Seesaw too. 

Diary Notes

First Day of Summer Term 2021 - Monday 12th April 

Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May- BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Thursday 13th May- Foundation Class - Balance Bike Training 

Friday 14th May - Foundation Class - Balance Bike Training

HALF TERM week commencing Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 

Sports Day TBC

Teddy Bears Picnic Foundation TBC

End of Year Reports to Parents TBC

End of Summer Term Friday 16th July 








The Christmas Nativity - Foundation 2020

The children in Foundation enjoyed putting on their own Nativity for the day on Thursday 3rd December. They chose their own Nativity character and acted out the various parts of the story. They even had a go at doing some narration for the story. Enjoy ! 

The Christmas Nativity Foundation.mp4

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The Cast of Our Christmas Nativity Day 2020

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Here are some of the things we get up to in Foundation

Phonics Workshop Monday 14th September 2020

Termly Letters

Key Stage 1 Presentation Standard

Year 1 First Hundred High Frequency Words

Foundation Stage First 45 High Frequency Words