Welcome to the Foundation Stage!

As the Foundation Class teacher and it is my privilege to be working with 12 children (4- 5 years old). We refer to the class as the Foundation Class because of the critical skills children learn that lay the foundations for the rest of their lives. There are seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

More information about these areas can be found in Development Matters from the British Association for Early Childhood Education. This year our Foundation Class has enjoyed weekly reading sessions with Year 6 children, football sessions with Streatley Hill Pre-school, listening to and sharing students’ written stories with older children, visiting Warwick Castle, watching Alice in Wonderland at the Watermill Theatre, exploring the Living Rainforest, enjoying an Easter Service with Goring Primary School, and observing chicks hatching from eggs!


On Tuesday, we had ten eggs.



After school, one chick hatched. He is healthy, very chirpy, and likes to rest after trying to stand up.




On Wednesday, five chicks had hatched by the start of school.


Another one began pipping (cracking the shell).



It’s a girl!


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In the afternoon, another hatched.




So far, seven chicks have hatched (4 girls dressed in brown and 3 boys dressed in yellow).


Some children helped prepare the next home for the chicks.
The chicks have been a fascinating topic of discussion today.
Another one appears to be on his or her way!
On Thursday, another chick had hatched! Our brood has five girls and three boys, some of whom have been moved to their new home. This afternoon the youngest ones will join their siblings.
Check back after school for photos of the whole family together!
Kind regards,
Mrs Skinner
Foundation Class Teacher

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