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

Mrs Maxey - Foundation

Happy New Year 2022

Welcome to all the Foundation children starting back after the Christmas break ! 

It has been wonderful to see how well the children have settled in Foundation during the Autumn Term. They have all settled in extremely well to school life and arrive eager, raring to go in their learning. This Spring Term looks to be a busy and exciting time for the children. 


Dinosaurs and Magical Kingdoms 


Our first topic for the Spring Term explores the popular topic of Dinosaurs. The children will be learning about the different types of dinosaur, what they liked to eat, what period of history dinosaurs featured, what a fossil is and they will even have the opportunity to make their very own coprolite, (dinosaur poo!) Towards the end of our topic on Dinosaurs we have booked a pop up museum for the children to enjoy as fledgling paleontologists, consolidating their learning from this first half of the Spring Term.


The second topic for the Spring Term will be Magical Kingdoms exploring the wonderful imagination of princess, dragons and knights. The children will have the chance to explore the history behind some of the castles in England. 


Important Information

Every week PE lessons are on a Wednesday, please can your child arrive at school already dressed in their PE kit. They will need to wear trainers, black joggers or black PE shorts, a red Archbishop Cranmer PE T-Shirt and a school cardigan or jumper. 


In Foundation we have a fabulous team of Teaching Partners who help to support the children in their academic studies and provide pastoral support too ! They are truly wonderful and we are very lucky. On Mondays and Fridays we are very fortunate to have the wonderful Miss Maule supporting the children in Foundation. On Monday, Thursday and Friday we have the amazing Mrs Chilton supporting the children in Foundation. Finally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the wonderful teaching partner Miss Young supports the class.


Every day your child will need to arrive at school with a named water bottle, already filled with water and a warm waterproof coat as no one can predict the British weather ! 


Please can you provide a pair of named wellington boots in a carrier bag, which can be placed on your child's peg. We often do outdoor learning and having wellington boots in school will mean that your child will be able to keep their shoes clean and tidy for moving around indoors.


Reading Books will be changed and given out on Fridays. We recommend that you establish great reading habits and try to hear your child read at least three times a week. Your child will have their books changed every Friday, ready for the weekend.  Please write in their reading diaries to show that you have heard your child read. This will ensure that your child will receive a reading reward at the end of each half term.


Spellings every Friday your child will have a new key ring attached to their book bag. These are key words that will be helpful for your child to learn how to read, write and spell independently. Please can you encourage your child to practice these at home. It doesn't need to be boring, they can make posters of the words, write them out in gel pens, use felt tips, use post it notes, write them on ipads, write them on the computer, let your creativity drive this ! We will also be writing them in class every morning during registration. 


As we enter the wintery weather of January and February please can you ensure that your child arrives at school with warm clothing. They will need a warm coat, hat and gloves. In the classroom we need to keep the room well ventilated to minimise the risks of Covid transmission, with the windows being open.  Therefore please can your child have warm jumpers and cardigans on for their school day in school 


Seesaw Online Learning Journal will be an excellent digital portal for you as parents this year to share any learning or experiences your child has at home. We too will be sharing information with you and your family some of the exciting things we get up to in the school day. A letter detailing how to access Seesaw on your ipad, tablet or mobile device will be sent home in the first week of school. 


We are all really looking forward to working with your children in the Spring Term and seeing them all flourish in their own unique ways. 


Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns at any time and we will do our best to assist you in whatever way we can. 

Mrs Maxey

Celebrating Chinese New Year Tuesday 1st February 2022

This year 2022 according to Chinese tradition is the year of the Tiger. According to Chinese customs the year of the Tiger represents times of change and responding to challenges in a positive and practical way !! The children will enjoy experiencing a series of workshops and activities this week. They will learn about the cultural stories that lie behind this festival and discover whether they were born in the year of the Monkey, 2016 or in the year of the Rooster, 2017.

They will enjoy their very own Chinese restaurant for that week too. 

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 Spring Term 1 - Wednesday 5th January 2022

Balance Bike Training Thursday 27th January

Chinese New Year Week - Tuesday 1st February

Parents Evenings and Afternoons Week Commencing 7th February 2022

Dinosaur Workshop PM - Tuesday 8th February 2022

INSET DAY Friday 11th February

HALF TERM week commencing Monday 14th February

Mothers Day Sunday 27th March

Easter Week of Activities Monday 28th March 

End of Spring Term Friday 1st April 








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