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St Mary’s Foundation Stage



Welcome to the Autumn term in the Foundation Stage; with a special welcome to our new children and their families.


Meet the staff: 

Mrs Rhodes, Miss Johnson, Miss Swift, Mrs Ellis, Mrs Trigg,

Miss Williams 


About St Mary’s Foundation Stage


We follow the ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); this is a Framework that describes how Early Years practitioners should work with children and their families to support a child's development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.

It is based on four important themes:

A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.

Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.



Parents and the EYFS

It is really important to us that parents play an active role in the Foundation Stage. Please come in and talk to staff at the beginning of your child’s session, keep us updated on things that are happening in your child’s life, their interests and achievements.

We love to hear how your child is getting on at home; for example; sharing books, joining in activities or even helping at home. You are the most important people to your child and the people who know them best of all.

We would like to remind you of our ‘celebration tree’ as a way for you to share with us some of the wonderful things children do at home. It doesn't matter how small you think their achievement is, it is a WOW moment for your child and it will be celebrated in school and added to their learning journey. Please help yourself to some ‘leaves’ to keep at home.


Stay and play coffee mornings this half term:


Wednesday 27th September – Phonics, home reading and helping your child to read.

Wednesday 4th October – Helping your child to write.

Wednesday 11th October – Helping your child to count.

Wednesday 18th October – To be confirmed! Please suggest areas you would like to see/know more about.

Wednesday 25th October – Parents meetings so no stay and play session.

If you miss a coffee morning don’t worry all the handouts and information are available on the parent’s information board in the foundation unit.


Autumn 1


Why do you love me so much?


Our new theme (topic) this half term is called ‘Why do you love me so much?’ We will be exploring love, families, friends, home and ‘all about me’. As part of our topic we will be sharing the following books at school: My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' by Nick Sharratt, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Guess How Much I Love you' by Sam McBratney. If you have these books at home your child may enjoy to look at them with you too.


Our RE topic this half term is ‘Myself’. We will be thinking about our families and the family of God. We would like the children to bring in a photograph of themselves as a baby to be part of our display.


We like to involve the children as much as possible in the planning of their learning, so foundation staff will be watching and talking to the children about the things that interest them and the stories that they know and love. If you have any photos, books or interesting items relating to these topics we would love to share them at school.