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

Mrs Maxey - Foundation

Autumn Term - Magnificent Me (Foundation Stage)

A huge welcome to the new children starting in September 2019


Welcome to all the new children starting school for the first time at the beginning of September, what an exciting time this will be for you all and your parents too ! I know it must seem like only yesterday that they were a tiny baby and now here they are ready for their first term at school, how time has flown. Whilst you may be feeling nervous or anxious about these first fledging steps towards independence as they begin school, we would like to reassure you that they will be nurtured and well cared for by our lovely Foundation team. If you have any worries or concerns please come and speak to any member of the team and we will do our best to allay your worries. 


The children will spend a large part of the first few weeks getting to know the new routines of school, making friends and enjoying lots of fun activities. School is supposed to be fun ! Our theme for this term is Magnificent Me and the children will be sharing with us what is special about them, their families, their interests and likes. They will be given lots of wonderful opportunities to explore and learn in a play based environment. The role play area has been turned into an opticians and the children can make friends pretending to support their friends in finding their very best looking glasses.  Please see the Autumn termly news letter and Medium Term topic web for more information on their learning for this term. 


Please can you remember to label everything that your child brings to school ! 


PE days are on Wednesday afternoons. We would also appreciate it if you can provide your child with a named pair of wellington boots in a carrier bag, which they can leave on their pegs. This will enable us to provide opportunities to take their learning outside, which research shows helps to nurture their young minds and promote imagination. 


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. Please ensure that your child changes their reading book regularly and that you find books to read to them too. 



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

INSET DAY Monday 2nd September

First Day of Autumn Term Tuesday 3rd September

Phonics Parents Meeting Thursday 12th September at 3pm Foundation Classroom

Welcome Service at St Thomas Church Aslockton - Wednesday 25th September 9:30

Parents Evening - Monday 21st October and Wednesday 23rd October

Indian Dancing Day Friday 25th October

Half Term Week Monday 28th October

INSET DAY - Monday 4th November

Lakeside Arts Theatre Visit - Thursday 28th November AM only

Christmas Nativity Day- Perlethorpe Visit Tuesday 3rd December

Christmas Party Day-Monday 16th December

Christmas Performance Foundation, Key Stage 1 - Monday 9th December Afternoon Tuesday 10th December Afternoon

Last day of Autumn Term Tuesday 17th December








Termly Letters

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?