Oldswinford C of E Primary School

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Welcome to the Foundation Stage

A very warm welcome to our school with Mrs Roberts, Miss Cross, Miss Carton and Mrs Hardy. 


We were delighted with how many parents came to the phonics workshop, the lunch and the open afternoon.

Here are some photos of the activities as promised to remind you about the learning that took place and for those who were unable to come.


Our new topic is Rhythm and Rhyme based around Nursery Rhymes and stories which rhyme. In order to develop early literacy skills, listening and speaking are important skills before reading and writing. To be able to write children need a good vocabulary and teaching children how language works is vital for reading success.

Children learn to anticipate the rhyming word, which prepares them to make predictions as they read. To learn phonics children need to be able to discriminate between sounds and patterns, knowing that words share common sounds and patterns, often with common sounds like cat, bat. Rhymes also expand the imagination such as ‘Hey diddle diddle.’  

A key prediction for early success in reading is how well children know their rhymes, and most of all they are great fun!

So we shall begin with Humpty Dumpty…

  • Can we say the rhyme and how could it end differently?
  • How can he be fixed?
  • Can we make one ourselves?
  • How many Humpty’s have we made?
  • Can we build a wall for him whilst working together?





And we have many more rhymes to work with, like  Incy Wincy Spider

  • Can you say and act out the rhyme
  • Can you catch the spiders with tweezers for fine motor development.
  • What do we know about the number 8?

Or Hickory Dickory Dock

  • Can we recognise o’clock ?
  • Can we count those mice!
  • Can we say it to our friends?
  • Can we count on and predict the rhyme or make one up ourselves?

Then we have Maths rhymes like 5 little ducks went swimming one day and 5 currant buns- great for subtraction. Alongside we shall be sharing rhyming books each day.


We have made some fabulous Humpty Dumpty pictures!

Happy Humpty Dumpty time!


Or main aim this first term is to settle the children well and for them to get to know us, each other and the routines and rules of the setting.

Do come and talk to us if you are not sure of anything and any little toy that comes home please pop it back to us- quite normal in the first term!


We are gradually changing and developing the outside area this term which we are delighted about. We have had lots of donations and have bought some new equipment which you will see arriving soon. Watch this space!



Useful Information


PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week for each class. PE kits need to stay in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed.


Computing – The children will have an opportunity to work with IT equipment each Friday morning with an adult which enables them to use it in child initiated times by themselves.


Baking – The children will be introduced to baking in Reception. This will be skills based. On occasions the children will eat what they have made in school, other times they will bring it home.

We would like to draw your attention to a few important reminders:


Water Bottles – Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school on Monday mornings. Please do not put them into book bags, we have had a few leaks in the past!


The children will read once a week in school but we do require them to bring their book every day. From Easter the children will participate in Guided Reading and one-to-one reading on alternate weeks.


We go outside regardless of the weather therefore children must bring a cardigan or jumper and a coat every day.


Long hair should be tied back at all times.


Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings clearly with their name including shoes!



Don’t forget if you have any questions or concerns please come and discuss them with us.


We are available at the beginning and end of each day!





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