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Foundation Stage Spring Newsletter 2020

          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 ‘The Nativity’.  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 explore 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. Please remember to record homework in the reading records, a minimum of 3 entries a week, if not your child will need to attend homework club on a Friday lunchtime. Children who read are rewarded with house point stickers.

          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 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 them.

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


20th/21st January

Around the World days

14th February-23rd February

Half term

5th  March

World Book Day

17th March

Trip to Rodway Farm am- Spiders

pm- Butterflies

Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd

Parent’s evenings

3rd April

Break up for Easter holidays


20th April

Return to school for Summer term