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Great Harwood St John's

CE Primary School

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Great Harwood St John's

CE Primary School


Welcome to our

Foundation Stage Class!


We are the 



Our Teacher is Mrs. Nandhla

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs. Threlfall and Mrs. Ragen


Spring 1 - The Polar Regions


This half term our topic is 'The Polar Regions'. We will be learning all about poems, reading stories about the polar regions and learning facts about penguins and polar bears! 

We will also be learning how to write simple phrases, sentences and questions.


In Mathematics we will be comparing numbers 0- 10 including subitising and adding to 10! We will also be exploring money and making amounts using 1p. We will then continue to investigate 2D and 3D shapes.


In our topic work we will be using different materials to make collages and interesting paintings.

We will looking at the life cycle of a penguin and discuss how a penguin grows.


We will also be conducting ice experiments and to see which is the best way to free the polar region toy animals!


Click on the icons to see our learning!

            Online Reading Scheme                   Purple Mash

                                     Purple Mash


Please click on the pictures and they will take you to your login page for our Bug Club online reading scheme or Purple Mash.

Each child has their own login and password for each site. If you cannot find them, please ask Mrs Nandhla. (New children will be given their login details very soon).


Purple Mash - Robins (EYFS) go to Mini Mash or complete the set activities on the alerts





Important Information




Early reading is so important, it helps to improve children's language and communication skills. Children love to listen to and read stories developing their imagination and creativity along the way.

Please read with your child 4 times a week and sign their reading record.


Reading Books

Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday.

Please read with your children 4 times a week and sign their reading record.

As a school, we have purchased the 'Bug Club' online reading scheme for children to use at home. Each child has their own username and password to log on to the site. Please click on the 'Bug Club' link/ icon at the top of our class page. 




If your child wears earrings, please make sure that they are removed before school on a Wednesday otherwise they will not be able to take part. Please can you also make sure your child brings their PE bag into school for the beginning of each half term.


Snack Money


Please remember to bring £1 in to school on Monday for snack



                 Toast with butter or jam



                 Fruit cocktail

               Jam tarts


                   Homemade cakes and biscuits

                   Vegetable sticks and dips

                    Poppadoms and homemade salsa

                Prawn Crackers

               Rice Pudding






                I wonder what will be on the menu this week?


The Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage is the period of education from birth to five years. Throughout the year, the children work towards the early learning goals. Most children are expected to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class activities, adult led activities and child initiated activities.


What are the 7 areas of learning and development?


Within the Reception class, children work towards the 'early learning goals! The majority of pupils will achieve these goals by the end of the Foundation Stage. Some children will make further progress and some pupils may still need to work towards some of the goals at the end of Reception in year 1.

The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework divides learning and development into 7 areas of Learning and Development. These are divided into two categories, Prime areas and Specific areas. The prime areas of Learning remain at the heart of all learning and development in our Foundation unit. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for our children that allow them to participate and thrive at our school.       



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