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Foundation Stage - The Dolphins


Welcome to the Dolphin’s class page. We are the youngest children in the school and we are known as the Foundation Stage

The Dolphins are separated into two groups; Pink and Grey!

In the Pink Dolphins our teacher is called Miss Anderton and our teaching assistant is Mrs Harris. The Grey Dolphins are taught by Mrs Philp 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 and three computers which are readily accessed.

We have different areas essential to ensure a well-rounded curriculum from an ever changing role play and writing area to a quiet snuggly area for story ready 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 Dolphin's group. 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. 

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. 


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.  

Autumn 1 -

Settling into school life and 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 with a whole school assembly. 

Letter:  Autumn Term 1st half

Autumn 2 -

Funnybones - Each week we look at a different aspects of the Funybones series of stories. During this time we also learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Jewish fesitval of Hannukah and of course Christmas!

Letter: Autumn Term 2nd half

Spring 1

Bears - Using the book 'Dear Polar Bear' we have learnt all about the Polar regions, sending letters around the world and the animals that inhabits these areas. 

Letter: Spring Term 1st half

Spring 2 -

Space - We learn about the names and features of the different planets, space travel and let our imaginations go wild with aliens! We also celebrate World maths Day, World Book Day and Pancake day!

Letter: Spring Term 2nd half

Summer 1 -

Under the Sea - Content coming soon 

Letter: Summer Term 1st half

Summer 2 -

People who help us - content coming soon

Letter: Summer Term 2nd half

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