Foundation Stage

Welcome to our Foundation Stage!

This is our Foundation Stage team:



Teaching Staff:Mrs Mason, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Brown

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Wood, Mrs Mayhew, Mrs Boreham and Mrs Mills


We love to learn through play and have lots of lovely equipment in our new foundation stage classrooms both indoors and out!

Do you have a child starting our school in September? Please read our 'Ready for School?' booklet for lots of useful tips and information to ensure a successful transition.


What we aim to do...

Here at Abbot’s Hall Primary School we offer your child a happy, safe environment in which they are encouraged and challenged to learn. We offer a stimulating environment where the children can enjoy high quality learning through playful activities in order to help them gain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. (See our 'useful documents' section below for a copy of our school's Foundation Stage Policy.)


We follow the updated Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). The EYFS details how and what your child will learn to support their healthy development. The document 'What to expect when' (see link below) is very useful in familiarizing yourself with the EYFS fraemwork. Your child will be learning skills and acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children will mostly develop the three prime areas first:

- Communication and Language

- Physical Development

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development


These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow the prime areas will help them to develop in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding the world

- Expressive arts and design

The seven areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. The activities will be suited to your child’s unique needs. These areas cannot be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and interlink with each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. The children will learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through critical and creative thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. 

Being healthy

We encourage our children to make healthy lifestyle choices. In our classrooms this means having a daily fruit snack, drinking water and of course always remembering to wash our hands when we have been to the toilet and after we have had fun learning through messy play!

How can parents take an active role in their child’s learning?

There will be regular opportunities for parents to share, comment on and contribute towards their child’s ‘Learning Journey’. This is a record of learning that we keep updated with photographs and comments about the child’s achievements. It is always wonderful to celebrate and see how each child is growing in their learning. Every term we regularly have opportunities for parents to come in and join in with activities in the class room alongside their child.


Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Each child has  login information to help them access our VLE. Log in to this regularly to find out what we are learning during the term and for ideas of activities you can do together at home.


Useful Documents


Important Foundation Stage Dates:

Monday 1st May                     BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 12th May                     Mrs Biggs’ Class Assembly 9am

                                               Mrs Mason’s Class Friendly Friday 2.30pm

Friday 19th May                     Mrs Mason’s Class Assembly 9am

                                               Mrs Biggs’ Friendly Friday 2.30pm

Monday 29th May- Friday 2nd June HALF TERM

Wednesday 7th June             Parents Forum 6.30pm

Friday 9th June                     Mrs Biggs’ Friendly Friday 2.30pm

 Friday 16th June                   Mrs Mason’s Friendly Friday 2.30pm

Monday 19th June                   Start of Active Week

                                                Foundation Stage Sports morning 9.15-10.15am

Tuesday 20th June                  Reserve Foundation Stage Sports morning

Monday 17th July                    Meet Your New Teacher 3.15-3.45pm

Tuesday 18th July                   Transition into new classes for the morning

                                                Meet Your New Teacher 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 19th July               Transition into new classes for the morning

Thursday 20th July                  School BBQ lunch and Abbot’s Hall Variety Show

Friday 21st July—End of Term

Monday 4th September           Staff PD day (no pupils)

Tuesday 5th September           Autumn Term begins



We went on a  3D shape hunt in our environment. Can you name to shapes we have found?

Look at us enjoying our learning....

This term our themes are


'Time Detectives'


'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'


Please select the link to our 'Curriculum Booklet' to find out more about this terms learning.



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Please find below links to useful documents and websites to help you set up and access your child's online learning journey through Tapestry. Under the 'useful documents' section of this page (in the box above) you will find the presentation from our parent's meeting.

Don't forget to log in and leave us 'postcards' to share special learning moments and achievements from home by logging in at


Useful Website Links to support this term's learning (for more ideas and resources log in to the foundation stage area of the VLE):

Autumn Term 2016

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Foundation Stage staff acted out this story.



Recommended Reading....

If you are interested in finding out more about what it means to start school then this is a very useful book. You could borrow it from your local library.

A Parent's Survival Guide to Starting School by Kirstine Beeley. ISBN 978-1-4081-5988-0BW

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Collective Worship

Mrs Theobald from the Salvation Army shared the Christmas story and spoke to us about the charity Christmas hampers the children are contributing to. 

The Open the Book Team came to visit Foundation Stage in September. They shared with us the Bible Story about Creation.  

Our Year 4 Buddies shared stories with us

Baby Guinea Pigs! 

Our new baby girl guinea pigs were born in October. In this picture they are 1 day old. They started school with us in January. We have decided to call them Chocolate and Vanilla. If you have any vegetable peelings at home which are spare, then bring them into school for the guinea pigs to gobble up. They are not fussy, but can't eat potato or parsnip.

Spring Term 2017

We wrote our own postcards to our families. We thought about capital letters and full stops. We applied our phonic skills to our independent writing. We walked to the postbox to post our letters. Then we had a race to see how quickly they would arrive. The first card arrived after 2 days! 

Super Scientists

A visually impaired child from Year 6 came to teach us about how he uses his senses to learn about the world around him. He explained how he has an adult to guide him but uses his sense of hearing to listen to locate and identify other people. He uses his sense of touch to read and write in Braille. 

Look at us enjoying learning to write!

We like to write letters and numbers. We have been writing inside and outside. We have been writing stories, labels, letters, captions, nonsense words, books, questions, numbers, speech bubbles, sums, bus tickets, postcards, shopping lists, recipes, instructions and much more.