Forestdale Primary School

Believe - Aspire - Excel


Welcome back to school!


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:

All About Me
We will be discovering all about ourselves and our friends at school. We will look at our physical appearance and how we are the same and different to our peers. We will talk about our
families and who lives in our house. We will learn some names of body parts and bones through stories. We will use mirrors to help create self portraits using skin tone, eye and hair colours.

Where We Live:
We will be discovering all about our local area. We will look at Frankley, Birmingham, the UK, and where we are in relation to the rest of the world. The children love to look at their houses on Google Maps. We will discover old maps and compare them to new ones. We will have a go at drawing our own simple maps linked to stories.


Our Books:

Our Class Story:

In Literacy this half term, we will be exploring “The Colour Monster” for the first 3 weeks. We will explore emotions and the events or people that make us feel them. We will be creating a child-led display based on this book that can be used in the classroom. Children will be encouraged to use this area to acknowledge how they are feeling and why. This will give them the skills to address and manage their emotions. 

We will then be looking at “Rosie’s Walk” in Talk for Writing sessions. We will first learn the story, then attempt to map it out using pictures and key phrases and words. We will then work together as a team to make a new story about someone else that may go on a walk. We will act out our new story, map it and maybe even attempt to write part of it using our brand new phonics skills. Children will then have the opportunity to make up their own story using characters they are familiar with or brand new ones. You can support your child by using lots of positional language when going for a walk: around, over, under, through.


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