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Church Hill Infant School

Foundation Stage

  • Welcome to the Foundation Base.

Staff who work in Foundation Stage are:

  • Miss Kirby (Magnolia Class)
  • Mrs Basigara (Willow Class and Foundation Lead)
  • Support Staff – Mrs Parker-Bates and Mr Vazifdar

Information about the Foundation Stage Curriculum and our topic plans ("Medium Term Plans") can be viewed in the "Learning" Section of our website, or by clicking here.




Water Bottles 

Please can parents ensure that their child brings in a named water bottle every day. Many thanks!

Helping at home - click on the pencil to find out how you could be helping your child.

Toys in school

We would like to ask all parents to ensure that their child does not bring any toys, jewellery, novelty key rings or other personal/ expensive items into school (excluding jewellery worn for religious reasons).

We cannot take responsibility for any personal items that are lost or damaged in the FS Base.

Thank you!



This term we will be doing Dance sessions on a Wednesday afternoon in Foundation Stage.

Your child will need a NAMED PE kit in school:

White t shirt

Black shorts


PLEASE NOTE: All children need to remove earrings on PE days.

Thank you!

Home time

We would like to politely request that grown ups stand as far away from the windows and doors as possible at the end of the day when the children are getting ready to go home.

We give out important letters at the end of the day, and when the children are waving and calling out to their grown ups they can become very distracted!

Thank you for your co-operation!


Click here for topic advice

Our current topic is:

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to work we go!

Click here for a list of books to support our current topic


What can it be? Why don't you see?


 Welcome to Foundation Stage!



We base our learning around a topic, and we change our topic every 3 weeks. You can find details of what we will be learning in each topic on our medium term plans - click here to find out more!


Our current topic is Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to work we go!


Things you can do at home to support your child's learning.


Our focus for home learning for this term is reading, reading and more reading! Please share books at home with your child at least 3 times per week and record it in your child's Reading Record. Your child needs to read each school book 3 times before changing it, to develop their comprehension skills and their fluency. The number of times that your child has read at home is recorded each week, and certificates are given out at the end of every half term for children who have read at home at least 3 times per week.

We currently do daily whole class Shared Reading sessions in Foundation Stage. Following feedback from parents we will be putting a Shared Reading sticker in your child's Reading Record each week to let you know what skills we are focussing on and which text we are reading in these sessions. 


-Have a look at the 5 Minute Fun website for quick, fun and easy activities and games for you to do with your child.


-Help your child to practise holding their pencil correctly.

-Help your child to learn to use a knife and fork to cut and eat their own food independently.


-Help your child to practise writing their name using correct letter formation.

-Practise writing, ordering and recognising numbers 1-20. Choose a number. Can you count out that number of objects? Which number is 1 more? Which number is 1 less?


Remember to use the internet safely!  Smartie the Penguin says "Before you tap and click you need to stop and think - and tell someone!


Practise your sounds with the Alphablocks!

(for handheld devices you will need to download the Cbeebies Playtime app)

Practise your Maths with the Numberblocks!



Sounds we have learned this week

w/c 25th March onwards

Practising segmenting and blending with Phase 2 and 3 sounds learned so far

w/c 18th March

ure, er

w/c 11th March

ear, air

w/c 4th March 2019

ow, oi

w/c 11th February 2019

oo (zoom to the moon), ar

w/c 4th February 2019

oa, oo (look at a book)

wc 28th January 2019

recapping Phase 3 digraphs taught so far, igh

w/c 21st January 2019

th, ng

w/c 14th January 2019

ee, qu, ch

w/c 7th January 2019

Practising segmenting and blending Phase 2 sounds already learned.

Sounds learned in Autumn term:

s, a, t, p, i, n, g, o, c, ck, e, d, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ss, u, j ,v, w, x, y, z

For the caption actions for each sound please click here


Can you think of any words that begin with those sounds? Can you spot any words beginning with those sounds in your books or while you are out and about?


Topic Books

Here are some lovely books to share at home to support our topic.


The 'Busy People' book series by Lucy M George

'Jobs People Do' by Felicity Brooks

'When I Grow Up' by Tad Carpenter

'Almost Anything' by Sophy Henn

'Clotheslines Clues to Jobs People Do' by Kathryn Heling





Every week we practise a word in the classroom, and practise reading and writing it in sentences.

Children are expected to be able to read and spell the majority of these words by the end of the Summer Term. Please remember to practise these at home as part of your reading practise.

Words learned in Summer 1

Recapping reading and spelling words learned so far

Words learned in Spring 2






Words learned in Spring 1







Words learned in Autumn term:














Can you write these words, using the correct letter formation?

Can you use any of them in a sentence?





These are some fantastic books that we know the children love in Foundation Stage which you may wish to share at home:

  • The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
  • Percy the Park Keeper by Nick Butterworth
  • Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas
  • Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
  • The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andrae

In Foundation Stage, we also enjoy reading traditional tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs. Traditional tales are an important aspect within our school curriculum so it is beneficial for children to be familiar with these stories.

See below for some helpful documents....