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Class Information - Goldfinches and Robins 

Welcome to our Spring Term curriculum information.

We are so excited to get back to learning with your children! 

 Foundation Team Staff

Miss Rice

Early Years Leader

Mrs Treadwell

Class Teacher

Mrs Peers

Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

Mrs McGurk

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hall

Teaching Assistant

Our staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have or worries you wish to share, so please come and speak to us. Likewise, we will contact you if we feel it is necessary.

Diary Dates:

 Parents Evenings: Wednesday 6th February and Monday 11th February - times tbc

Visit to Dartmoor Zoo: Friday 8th March 2019       

Express Event: (parents invited in to school to share in their children's learning) Tuesday 19th March 2019, 2.45 - 3.15pm.  

Building Learning Power:

We have begun to introduce the children to the Building Learning Powers vocabulary to help the children talk about their learning, in line with the school's behaviour policy. Children will be rewarded with plenty of house points, R star awards and Golden Pupil certificates if they show these behaviours exceptionally well. Please refer to the Building Learning Powers page on our website for more information.

Curriculum Map

This term our learning begins with the topic 'Amazing Structures'. We will be exploring our design technology skills to help us with junk modelling some of our own amazing structures.  We will continue to develop our positive learning behaviours using our animals and the Building Learning Power vocabulary. 

In the second half of our term, we will move on to our topic 'Creatures and Critters'. We will be inviting parents and carers to share in our children's learning for the term during our Express Event.

In Foundation we begin with a planned theme and then we are led by the children's own interests when moving forward with our learning.


Daily counting forwards and backwards

Number recognition

Estimating amounts of objects

Understanding number

2D shapes


Simple addition and subtraction


Phonics phase 2 and 3

Oral blending and segmenting

Rainbow words - white set


Letter formation

Recognising and writing names

Literacy texts include: Nursery rhymes, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The Gingerbread Man

Personal, Social and Emotional

Being respectful

Looking after our resources

Using kind words

Listening and collaborating


Working hard

Managing distractions - being absorbed in our learning

Communication and Language

Listening and responding to stories

Talk partner work

Listening to other's ideas as well as our own

Talk about how we can learn well

Share and take turns

Physical Development

A range of gross and fine motor skills activities will be available all term, as well as targeted early morning activities. 

Using a range of tools for mark making and Art / DT.

Independent self care: putting on coats and wellies.

Using different tools to get effects.

Understanding the World

Winter weather

Science - physics / forces / magnets

Structures from around the world - different people and communities.

Expressive Art and Design

Using craft tools - scissors, glue, paintbrushes etc.

Junk modelling skills

Using joining techniques.

Tearing, curling, folding and cutting.

Role play

Songs and rhymes

Exploring clay and pastels.

Home Learning Ideas: How you can help your child with their learning this term

Rainbow Maths (selected children)

Rainbow Spelling: practise reading and spelling the words given out on birds

Count regularly, forwards and backwards

Practise the sounds that will be coming home in the Phonics pouches - begin making simple words to sound out and blend together

Diagraph detectives - spotting which letters represent sounds in words

Look at letters and numerals in the world and talk about them

Practise writing your name using the cursive letters

Talk about the shapes of things around you, e.g What shape is a plate? What shape is a road sign?

Discuss adding and taking away - How many are left? How many will there be if...?

Look at a range of books, enjoying and sharing books together

Talk about how stories might end and what might happen in them.

If you need any additional support to help with your child's learning, please speak to a member of the team or book an appointment through the office; we are always here to help.