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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 Facer every Wednesday afternoon



Our Enquiry this term - Spring 2







In Spring term 2 we are consolidating Phase 3 so pupils are secure. We are focusing on writing the phonemes in words independently.  We are also ensuring the children can read all phase 3 tricky words as we start to learn Phase 4 tricky words. 

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


recap - ch, ng, th, sh 

phase 3 

Phase 3 

Week 2


recap - er, ow, or phase 3  said have  Phase 3

Week 3


recap - ai, ee, igh, oa  phase 3  come  some Phase 3

Week 4


recap - oo, ar, oi, ur Phase 3  little  one  Phase 3

Week 5


recap - ear, air Phase 3  like  so  Phase 3

Week 6


recap - ure and others  Phase 3  do  were 






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.


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