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Welcome to Foundation Stage!

Pine Class and Elm Class

Elm Class: Mrs Fairclough (Monday to Wednesday) and Mrs Moss (Thursday to Friday)

Pine Class: Mrs Gell

Miss Smith and Mrs Gul work across the classes 

Wednesdays - Mrs Lounds (every other Wednesday morning) Miss Smith (every Wednesday morning)

Mrs Riley and Mr Hooley every Wednesday afternoon



Welcome to Foundation Stage at Greythorn.  Please see below for all the exciting things we do in our classes!

 Autumn 1 

Our topic for this term is Super Me, Super You. Our topic started off by thinking about Superheroes and the powers they have. We have discovered that Greythorn Primary has its own super heroes called Gem Heroes which each have a special power linked to our school values. We will be learning all about the children and their interests. We are focusing on what makes each child special and how the children are the same or different. We are learning about families and ourselves by thinking about what makes us healthy. We are looking at self portraits and creating our own. As Autumn approaches we are learning about changes in nature. 

Big Questions 

What are super heroes? 

What powers do superheroes have?

Are all superheroes bad?

Do all superheroes wear a cape?

What makes me special? 

What keeps me healthy?

Who is in my family? 

What family traditions do I have? 

What is inside my body?

How am I the same or different to my friend?

Who are real heroes?

What do people do to help us?

Why do seasons change?


Autumn 1 Texts

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We start learning Phase 2 in the Autumn term 1

We learn a set of letters each week but we are flexible to children's needs and we adapt planning accordingly to revisit phonemes that the children might not be as secure with. 





Tricky words- read

Tricky words - spell

Week 1


Those of significance – name/alphabet



Week 2


Set 1    s a t p

Name, I

Words containing satp

Week 3


Set 2    i n m d

is, in, it, at

CVC Words containing satp, inmd

Week 4


Set 3    g o c k


CVC Words containing satp, inmd, gock

Week 5


Set 4    ck e u r

to, the

CVC Words containing satp, inmd, gock

Week 6


Set 5   h b f, ff l,ll s, ss

no, go, I

CVC Words containing satp, inmd, gock, h,b,f,ff,ll,l,s,ss

Week 7


Assess and review

is, in, it, at, and, to, the, no, go, I

CVC Words containing all phonemes



In Foundation Stage we follow the school values as the learning behaviours that we would like for the children. These are values for school but also values for life. At Greythorn, along with the Flying High Trust, we have chosen values that will create life long learners for the future. 


These are: Aspiration, Respect, Kindness, Resilience, Creativity and Confidence


There are 6 Gem Heroes that have these values as powers along with a special gem stone. We use these to help teach the children about the values and for praises and rewards. 

Bucket Fillers


In Pine and Elm classes, as well as teaching the children about the 6 school values, we have a behaviour system that links to kindness. Kindness is Greythorn's unique value and something that is so important to learn at an early age. 


To do this, we have a system called Bucket Filling. There is a story that we read to the children and all children start with a bucket of their own in the classroom with pom poms to represent the idea of bucket filling. 

The idea is that everybody in the world has an invisible bucket that can be filled by others when they do something kind that makes them feel good about themselves and happy. When somebody smiles at someone or pays them a compliment they are filling that person's bucket but also their own. We teach the children to be bucket fillers and not dippers - dipping a bucket is when somebody is unkind. 


Read this story to understand the concept more...


(We know that there are some incorrect spellings in the powerpoint - it is a resource from the original Bucket Filler creator!)

Tapestry - Wow moments at home!

If your child has done something wonderful at home that is a 'Wow' achievement let us know by adding it onto Tapestry, our online learning platform. This could be a swimming milestone, your child suddenly being able to do something independently, riding their bike without stabilisers or saying something that simple blew you away. We would love to see a photo and read all about it on Tapestry. 


Click here to watch a clip of the correct pronunciation of the phonemes and use our Jolly Phonics booklet to help your child learn the actions to match the sounds.



Tuesday 1st October 2.30pm - Parents invited to come in to play and learn with their child


Thursday 5th December - visit to Lakeside Theatre to see The Snow Dragon



Please bring a named water bottle for your child. We encourage children to drink throughout the day to keep them hydrated and ready to learn. Please ask them not to put them in their book bag as we end up with soggy papers and books! 


Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school all the time. Our PE day is Wednesday but we may do physical activity at other points in the week.



Thanks for your ongoing support

Foundation Team