Forestdale Primary School

Believe - Aspire - Excel


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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. We record the class's progress in a floor book to document all of our experiences and learning throughout the year. These are shared with children, parents and the senior leadership team.


Welcome to Reception's Class Page!


The children in Reception work with

Miss Jenkins, Mrs Sanders and Miss Baker

Our Timetable for Half Term 2:

Our topics this half term:


We will start by look at dinosaurs this week, we will learn their names and what they like to eat, we will even look at skeletons of dinosaurs discussing what happened to the dinosaurs all those years ago!


Then we will move onto our Zoom to the Moon topic. We will learn the names of the planets, look at people who have been all the way to space, learn about the moon and sun and even create wonderful space pictures!

We will use the text Whatever Next to inspire our role play area turning it into a space station!

We will also look at Christmas and Winter together. We will look at the Nativity story and how the first ever Christmas came about.


Books we will read:

Our Class Story:

We will read lots of different texts throughout this half term. 

We will focus on three different stories during Literacy. 


 We will start with The Girl and the Dinosaur look at their adventure together, we will design our own dinosaur and try to write simple labels— red leg, long neck. Then we will attempt to label the bones of a dinosaur—foot, head. We will talk about our dreams and wishes as that’s what the story is all about!


We will then learn the story of Whatever Next! We will be able to retell the story and then make our own up whilst learning all about space at the same time. We will also take part in a drawing exercise each day to help with our story telling skills and drawing skills. We will make our own version of the story up using different characters and settings!


We will then enjoy Christmas stories all throughout December whilst learning the nativity story. We will take part in some writing activities over the Christmas period to practise our new segmenting and blending skills.


Reading at Home:


It is important that your child reads every evening with you at home. In your child’s book bag you will find:

§ a reading book suited to their reading ability

§ a home library book that you can read and enjoy with your child

§ a reading record to write in any progress or issues your child may have


It is expected that your child reads for 15 minutes 4 times a week at home. Reading this often will  ensure that child makes as much progress as possible.

You will also have weekly phonics homework with 4 letters on to practise. This will also contain work to support their blending and reading skills. 

Our PE day is Wednesday.


Please dress your child in their PE kits before coming to school. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather on these days, for example leggings/trousers instead of shorts on rainy days. Earrings and jewellery must be removed or taped at home for PE sessions – we are not allowed to remove them for your child. If they are not removed or taped , unfortunately your child will not be able to take part in PE that day.

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Awards we have received so far.

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