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. Each child’s progress and interests are recorded in their Floor Book which is shared with both parents, children and the Senior Leadership team.


Welcome to Reception's Class Page!


The children in Reception work with

Miss Jenkins, Mrs Sanders, Miss Baker, Miss Swain and Mrs Simkin

Our topics this half term:

Looking after our Planet:

We will be learning about the importance of keeping our oceans clean of plastic and rubbish, keeping our wildlife safe by not throwing rubbish on the floor and we will be exploring the importance of recycling!

Chinese New Year:

We will look at the story of Chinese New Year. We will be trying
traditional Chinese food and looking at the celebration in China. We will make decorations and even dress up!

How Does your Garden Grow?:

We will learn all about what plants and flowers need to grow ready to start planting at the beginning of next half term! We will learn the names of parts of a plant and what their role is in growing, we will be able to name the things a plant needs to grow and explore what happens if plants don't have any of these things. 



Our Books:

Our Class Story:

In Literacy this half term, Handa’s Surprise. We will look at the exotic fruits and her journey to her friends house carrying them. We will work hard to learn the story and then be able to order a jumbled up story. We will begin to write initial sounds and simple words during literacy. We will also look at Handa’s Hen, we will start to predict the story… where is that hen? We will begin to write our own stories this half term. We will use our ever growing phonic knowledge to support us with writing.

We will also be exploring these stories in our PE sessions, we will be looking at african music and traditional African dances. We will move like the animals seen in each book, and eventually we will try to make up our own dance to present to our friends. 

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 Monday. 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.



Awards we have received so far.

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