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

Mrs Maxey - Foundation

Autumn Term -  Magnificient Me   

Welcome to the start of your child's new journey of coming to school. We regard this year of schooling as a special one, where a positive partnership is established between school and home, as we work together to develop the minds and characters of these little people.  It may seem like only yesterday that they were simply babes in arms and now here they are all grown up and school ready.


We appreciate that for some children it will have been a long time since your child has left your home to attend a setting like a nursery or school or pre-school. For this reason we have developed a bespoke recovery curriculum which has the child's well being and happiness at the heart. Please be reassured that we have the staff on hand to reassure and settle your child if they are at all anxious about the return to school. The time table we have formulated for Foundation is very gentle with lots of opportunities to develop friendships, well being and their confidence about coming to school. Our online learning platform Seesaw is a great tool to reassure you that your child is enjoying their experience of coming to school. If you have any concerns with how your child is settling in please come and speak to one of our experienced Foundation team. 


Autumn Term Theme


This term our theme is all about Magnificient Me, the children will be given the opportunity to share with school all about their families, what makes them unique and special and learn about lots of traditional, quality Early Years stories suitable for their age range. More detail about our medium term plans for the Autumn Term can be found in our news letter. We hope to be doing many exciting things with this topic and are hoping to get some snails for the class to develop their curious nature. 


Reading Books 


This Autumn Term children in EYFS can access reading books suitable for their age range on the Oxford Reading Tree website. This is to ensure we keep safety paramount in our setting rather than books being shared with many families. If this presents a problem for you or your family please come and speak with us. 




This Autumn Term we would like children to arrive in school on Wednesdays wearing their PE uniform. Please don't send your child into school in just their t-shirt and shorts. Their school jumper, with their PE t-shirt and black jogging bottoms with trainers would be great. As well as their named water bottle and waterproof coat. Our first formal PE session will begin on Wednesday 16th September. For the present time we would not like PE bags being brought into school in Foundation. Thanks for your support with this. 


Outdoor Learning


A large part of our recovery curriculum this September will be spent learning outdoors, as we enjoy using the new recovery garden and large grounds we are fortunate to have as a school. Therefore please can you ensure that your child has a suitable waterproof coat every day in school. 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. Thanks for your support with this. 




This term we are beginning to explore the phonemes associated with Phase 2 phonics, looking for the initial sounds in words. This will be useful to your child as they develop the important skills of learning to read. This term we shall be spending a large amount of time encouraging the children to become fluent in their recall of high frequency words. We intend for them to be able to spell independently the phase 2 words from Letters and Sounds. During their phonics sessions we will be giving them lots of opportunities to practice this skill. In addition we would like them to be able to foster a love of reading books, and to regularly read to a parent for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day. We closely monitor their reading in school, through guided reading and where possible hearing children read individually. Thanks for your support with this. In our phonics and writing lessons we will be working on their correct letter formation of all the alphabet and we have lots of home learning sheets to support this, if you feel your child needs extra help with this aspect of their Foundation learning, please ask a member of staff. 




In our weekly Numeracy lessons we will use the teaching for excellence in mathematics website NCETM, along with Number blocks to teach a number of the week, this term we will be exploring numbers from 1 to 14. We will be encouraging correct numeral orientation and have lots of homework sheets to help with this, if you feel your child needs extra practice, please ask. We shall also be steering the children towards counting numbers up to 20 and beyond with accuracy, recognising the different numerals, writing their numbers, saying one more and one less than a given number and correctly ordering numbers 1 to 20


The role play area has been turned into a cafe and shop, where children can  foster and nurture their relationships, as they explore our cafe culture of taking orders and delivering pretend food to willing customers !  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.


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 has as wide an access to books as you can. 



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!




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. The consent forms will be given out in the first few days of the new term. 


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

Diary Notes

First Day of  Autumn Term Thursday 3rd September 2020

Phonics Parents Meeting - Thursday 17th September 2020 zoom meeting 4pm

Parents Evening - TBC

HALF TERM week commencing Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 2020

INSET DAY - Monday 1st November 2020

Diwali Week -  week commencing Tuesday 2nd November

Foundation Perlethorpe Visit- The Christmas Nativity -  December 

Last day of Autumn Term Friday 17th December 








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