Forestdale Primary School

Believe - Aspire - Excel




Foundation Stage Ethos


 In the foundation Stage we encourage children to make choices, problem solve and think critically.  Through continuous provision we encourage children to become independent learners and nurture their interests through enhancements within the environment.  Staff observe and record children’s achievements, and work together to ensure next steps are taken. Each child’s progress is recorded in their Learning Journey which is shared with both parents, children and the Senior Leadership team.

Welcome to Foundation Stage 2


The children in Foundation 2 work with

Miss Jenkins, Mrs Sanders and Miss Baker

Our topic:

Our new topic is People Who Help Us. This half term we will be exploring all of the different people who help us in society. We will look at police officers, doctors, dentists, firefighters, vets, builders, bus drivers and many more!

We will be looking at the qualities these people have to do their job and how we can adopt the same qualities as children in the classroom and at home.

We will also be spending lots of time looking at our hopes and dreams for the future. We will discuss what job we would like to do when we are adults.

There are sheets attached to read to allow you to support your child in exploring this topic.  



This half term we will be placing a lot of importance on independence. We will be teaching children to zip up their coats, to put their own shoes on and to dress/ undress themselves – removing and putting on jumpers.

You can support learning these skills at home too. Encourage your children to have a go at getting dressed themselves—children will get it wrong at times, back to front trousers and inside out t-shirts but this is all the fun! Ask them to have a go at zipping their coat up and collecting their school bag independently. I understand that the morning routine is somewhat a rush but these skills can be practised at the weekend and still have a profound effect on your child’s development!



We will be recapping the whole of phase 3 phonics over this half term.

We will be using the terms grapheme, phoneme, digraph, trigraphs, segment, blend, and fluent. You can find definitions of these words below using the phonics at home button.

We recommend that children read their school book with parents at home 3-4 nights a week to support fluency in that particular book. Please ensure you fill in the reading record to inform us of your child’s progress.

Book bags are changed on Monday!

Please also use some of the games in the phonics at home button to support your child’s learning at home.


Talk for Writing:

Our story this half term is Jack and the Beanstalk!

We will be learning to retell the story—as we have with the others we have learnt. We will also then use this story to make up our own that we will eventually be able to tell. Your children will be encouraged to tell their story to anyone that will listen! So enjoy!

We will be sending home tasks to complete and return based on Jack and the Beanstalk.



In maths, we will be learning our number bonds to 10. As we did in the home learning packs, we will be looking at number bond sentences in a practical, pictorial and an abstract way.

We will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We will learn to recognise each shape and we will learn the properties of 2D shapes.

We will look at the everyday use of 3D shapes and how they are used in the environment all of the time. You can support your child by discussing these shapes when you are out on a walk or shopping or even using the items you have at home.



We are starting our NELI interventions this half term—you received a letter about this before Christmas.

You will be informed if your child is selected to take part as soon as possible.




We are going to be running monthly competitions to raise money for the foundation unit. These competitions will be placed on the table in the outdoor area for you to take part in with your child.

Ask Miss Jenkins for more information if you require it! 


All parents have been given a Tapestry login to access your child’s learning journey. Thank you if you have logged in and interacted with us through the app. Remember that you can upload about your child from home too! Any special days, anything they make or draw, things they spot in the environment and loads more can be shared with us via Tapestry. We love to see the things you’re up to at home!

If you do not have a log in or can not access the app with the password given, please do let us know.

For more information, use the link below:


Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark