Category Archives: Foundation Blog

The Bear Under the Stairs

This week we have been reading ‘The Bear Under the Stairs’ which has had many of us debating whether the boy in the story was imagining the bear or if the bear actually there?!

The children really enjoyed using their sense of smell as we explored ten different ‘smell pots’. The chocolate powder and bath bomb were the favourites. Not many children liked the smell of the tuna and marmite.

In the kitchen, we have been cooking up some delicious scones and many children have become vets in the role play area to look after sick animals. Outside the children have been wearing all weather gear to keep dry as they blow bubbles into the wind, make meals with the soggy pasta in the water tray and practise their balancing skills.

We have been learning how to make our vocabulary grow by using different words for ‘eat’. We have used: chew, munch, wolf, scoff and consume.


Do you have any bandages which you would be happy to donate to our veterinary role play area? If so, please pass them to your class teacher. Thank you.

Going on a Bear Hunt

Welcome back to the Spring term at school and Happy New Year to you all. We hope that you all had a fabulous Christmas; from the stories the children have told us, it sounds as though you all had a lovely time.

This week, alongside helping the children to settle back into school life, we have been focusing on and learning to re-tell the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. We have even watched the author, Michael Rosen, retelling his story and have tried acting it out in class. In the Discovery Garden, the children have been looking for signs of bears and have continued to act out the story, enjoying ‘swishing’ the grass! For snack, we have made and eaten ‘thick, oozy mud’; with many comments like: “This is the best mud ever!” (Don’t worry, it was actually chocolate mousse) 


  • Just a reminder, please could you check that all uniform, bags and lunch boxes are clearly named.
  • We are collecting £3 cooking donations and boxes of tissues. Please pass these on to your class teacher
  • We would also like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with. Thank you.


Merry Christmas

It has been a very exciting week this week in the Foundation Stage. We had our Christmas party on Monday, where we played lots of party games in our classes and thoroughly enjoyed eating our festive party food together! We also had our school Christmas dinner on Tuesday, which was very tasty indeed! To conclude our festive celebrations, we have been busy wrapping lots of presents and writing Christmas cards to friends and family!

Note: The home learning set last week is for completion over the Christmas holiday.

The Foundation Stage team would like to say a very big thank you for all our Christmas cards and gifts that we have received. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy a wonderful time with your families and friends.


Such a busy week but we have made it!

We hope that you managed to see at least one of our nativity performances this week. We are so proud of your children’s amazing achievements. They are such a credit to yourselves, the school AND what enthusiasm for singing they have. It’s hard to believe that the children are only 3 – 5 years old!

Despite a busy week of acting, we have also been exploring the Stick Man story. We have been creative at the art table and made our own stickmen using lollipops, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.  

Our making area has been turned into a Santa’s workshop. The busy elves have been designing and constructing toys; using a variety of materials; and have also been making and sending cards. The busy atmosphere in the work shop has been delightful.

Today, we all watched and enjoyed ‘Circus Bezercus’ as a special treat for all the children’s hard work over the term. The roars of laughter could be heard as the act juggled, did tricks and even invited some children up onto the stage to be their helpers! 

Next week:

  • Monday: Christmas party. Please can your child come into school wearing their party clothes. Please also ensure that they have sensible shoes and a warm coat.
  • Tuesday: Christmas lunch