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                          Foundation Stage Spring Newsletter 2019

          Happy New Year! We hope you have had an enjoyable break.  A big thank you for all the kind cards and gifts we received for Christmas.

          The children have settled well into school after a very busy term which ended with our successful nativity play ‘Shine star shine’.  Thank you for your support in giving the children a great start to their schooling at Eastover. This term will be equally busy!  


          Your support at home with phonics and reading has been invaluable so far. Please can you continue this support, which includes phonics, keywords as well as reading schemed and ‘choosing’ books.  

          As already mentioned at the reading workshop, it is equally important that children experience a rich variety of reading material.  Phonics teaches children to decode words but children also need to understand what they are reading so it is important that children share books by looking closely at pictures and exploring the meaning of new vocabulary.  Remember that research says children that are read to on a regular basis and share books have successful academic achievements in later life and have a love of reading for life.  Please change books as regularly as you like from the library box outside of Butterfly class.  We now have many dual language books available too.  Any form of reading can be recorded in the reading record and will be rewarded and valued.  This term’s author is Nick Butterworth.






 Foundation Stage Curriculum

This term we have lots of exciting topics. These include Percy the Park Keeper, Chinese New Year, making pancakes, Mother’s Day, the Post Office and Easter. These topics will encompass all the areas of learning in the Early Years curriculum. Our  Talk for Writing stories are ‘One Snowy Night’ and ‘The Big Pancake’ and the children will be bringing these home to share with you in their story books.

We will continue with daily handwriting, phonics, shared writing and maths sessions, and keyword checks. Once a week there will be group guided reading. P.E and music lessons will be every Thursday morning taken by Mr Irish and Mrs Midenda.

We will be introducing a new session to the timetable ‘Investigation’ time.  These lessons will focus on fun discovery and hands on learning about the world around us.

 We have been extremely pleased with the good progress that the children have made.  We need to continue with moving the children to reach their full potential in the Foundation Stage in readiness for the National Curriculum in Year 1. 

                                                   Spring diary dates


1st February

Whole school Maths Day

16th February-24th February

Half term

7th  March

World Book Day

12th March

Butterflies to Rodway Farm

13th March

Spiders to Rodway Farm

27th/28th March

Parent’s evenings

5th April

Break up for Easter holidays


Tuesday 23rd April

Return to school for Summer term





  • Please ensure ALL uniform is named and encourage independence in getting dressed and undressed, putting on coats, doing up zips etc.
  • Please could any borrowed clothes be returned as our spare clothes supplies are low. Any donations would also be gratefully received, particularly boys’ trousers.
  • Can I remind you that the children bring in their own book bags, coats etc at the bell at 8.50. We request that drinks bottles are not put in book bags as leakages may damage books. Children with tidy book bags will receive house points.
  • If anyone different is picking your child up please can you inform a member of staff in the morning, otherwise inform the office. Whoever is picking your child up will need to be on the contact list.
  • Please continue to check the class whiteboards and the website for any messages.
  • If you have any worries/concerns please come and see the teachers at the end of the school day or request an appointment.
  • Don’t forget to look at your child’s learning on Tapestry.  You are also able to add any exciting events and learning that happens at home.  If appropriate we do share this with the class. It also gives us a rounded picture of your child’s development and interests.





  Thank you for your continued support with your child’s education and we look forward to a successful term.

        The Foundation Stage Team.