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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)
  • Additional Teaching staff - Mrs Purnell and Mrs Corcoran
  • 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.


Thought for the Week



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!



We do PE on a Monday 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:

Little Red Hen's Harvest

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 topic is Little Red Hen's Harvest

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. 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.


-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!"

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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 24th September 2018)

g, o, c

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p, i, n

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s, a, t

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


Make some of the characters from the story using your handprints

Can you use your characters to retell the story?


Make your own bread dough!

3 cups strong bread flour
pinch of salt
1 packet of quick action yeast
2 tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of sugar

First add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Make a well in the middle and add in the oil and the warm water (it should be hand hot and no more).

Stir the mix until it comes together and then put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead. Lightly oil your hands and the dough won’t attach as easily.

It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to knead the dough into a nice smooth dough.

Once the dough is kneaded and smooth make into shapes that you want and then put in a warm place to double in size – this takes around an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Then bake for 15 – 20 minutes for rolls, 20 – 30 minutes for loaves. When turned over the bread when tapped should be hollow sounding.

Leave on a wire rack to cool if you can.

Recipe courtesy of Rainy Day Mum


Topic Books

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

First Favourite Tales: The Little Red Hen by Ladybird

  Pick a Perfect Pumpkin by Robin Koontz

Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz

Spot’s Harvest by Eric Hill

By the Light of the Harvest Moon’ by Harriet Ziefert

 Harvest Festival by Jillian Powell 



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

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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....