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Foundation Stage

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Welcome to the Hedgehogs and Otters class page. We are the youngest children in the school and we are known as the Foundation Stage

In the Hedgehogs our teacher is called Mrs Allen and our teaching assistant is Mrs Harris. The Otters are taught by Mrs Philp and Mrs Kind (on Thursday's) and our teaching assistant is called Mrs Satchell. Together they all work together to help us become effective learners.  

Our Environment

We have two large, bright classroom environments next door to each other each with our own toilets and hand washing facilities. Each room also has an interactive smart TV.

We have different areas essential to ensure a well-rounded curriculum from an ever changing role play and writing area to a reading corner for story reading and other quiet activities.

Children at this stage in their school life are also required to have access to outside. We have a large outside classroom and access to a sensory quadrangle which can be accessed independently from our classroom doors. We use these areas throughout the day, working on various activities which have been planned for us or we have been inspired by.


Having classrooms close by and a shared outside classroom allows us to freely move around the environments engaging with all children and adults in the Foundation Stage. This supports our development of positive relationships and socialising with a wide variety of people extended by some of the Year 2 children coming to visit our class to share their reading books with us. (Not at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions).

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the Foundation Stage in our school reflects the curriculum guidelines to meet the Early Learning Goals. There are 7 ‘areas of learning and development’ broken into specific and prime areas:


  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development



  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts & Design

For more information on the content of these areas please click the link below. 


A day in Foundations Stage

There are always many questions about how the children in the Foundation Stage spend their day. Below you will find a little information and photos to show how our day is structured into different areas of learning. Structuring our day in this way supports the children to become independent learners. 

Teacher Led

Activities that have had some whole class input to learn a new skill. Working in a small group with the teacher or teaching assistant. These activities directly contribute as evidence towards an individuals end of year assessment against the Early Learning Goals.   

Child Initiated

The children are allowed to choose anything around the classroom to play with. There is the expectation that they can select what they would like and tidy away at the end of the session.  

Teacher Initiated

Activities that reinforce previous learning. Set up and demonstrated by the teacher or teaching assistant, the children are expected to carry out these activities independently throughout the course of the day. These activities directly contribute as evidence towards an individuals end of year assessment against the Early Learning Goals.

Outside Classroom

An extension of the learning taking place inside. A group of activities are set up outside for the week. The children can readily access these throughout the day with the supervision of the teaching assistant.

Our Topics

 Our year is split into topics, which all our activities and work will revolve around. This provides a cross curricular approach and enables a sound understanding of various subjects. To find out more about which areas of the curriculum we cover each half term click on the blue link to read our half termly letter which is sent out to all. At times we may change these topics or choose to do them at different times of the year. 

Autumn 1

Settling into school life & Dinosaurs- Getting used to routines in class and around school, finding out about each other and our family life. We also celebrate the Christian festival of Harvest.  

Autumn 2

Into the Night - During this half term we will be looking at all aspects of night time! learning about Guy Fawkes, nocturnal animals and people who go to work. We will be using the story of 'Funnybones' to go on our first class trip. Taking a walk into Ingatestone to compare our village with the town in the story. We will also be celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Jewish fesitval of Hannukah and the Christian festival of Christmas. 

For the first time this year we will also be participating in 'Nursery Rhyme' with with the whole school. 

Helping at home

As part of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum it has been identified that accurate assessments of the children at the end of EYFS will take into account contributions from a variety of sources; the child, class teachers and you as parents and carers, also any other relevant adults (e.g. after school providers etc)

With this in mind for both the remaining and future academic years, we have chosen two different ways to find out about your child’s learning at home. 

Help at home book

At times we may pop an activity in this book that we feel would be beneficial for your child to practise again to reinforce the learning which has taken place in school. This book can be used to write in, attach photos or stick work in that has been done on something else (a whiteboard, piece of paper etc) Please ensure that this books stays in your child’s book bag so we can pop an activity in when there is the need.

A little comment from yourselves about your child’s understanding at home would be greatly appreciated, please include the date.

By working together with yourselves and other relevant adults we will gain a full picture of your child’s attainment in a variety of settings. We thank you in advance for your support and contribution. 

Wow moments

To continue to celebrate your child’s successes, please complete a ‘wow’ star whenever your child experiences a wow moment at home, this can be stuck into their help at home books ready to be shared with others. Wow stars are available to print off here, also feel free to take photos and make a comment.

Here are some ‘wow’ examples 

'Last week there were no flowers growing and now I can see some'

"When looking at a baby photograph of a friend Ben commented, ‘he looks tiny there, and now he has grown. He had dark brown hair like mine, now he has blonde hair’."

"When offered the choice of puddings Tilly explained that it would be healthier for her to have the fruit rather than the ice cream."

Please click the link below which will show you the early learning goals. These are the statutory assessments that we use throughout the year and will help you identify those 'wow' moments at home and whilst out and about. 

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