Foundation 2019 - 2020

Miss Garner

Hello! Welcome to Foundation Stage at Highfields. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures over the summer and see you in your brand new School Uniform.

Our first topic is going to be ‘Animals’. We are going to focus on ‘Dear Zoo’ for the first 2 weeks of the term and then move onto looking closely at one of my favourite stories ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson.

Our main aim for this half term is for the children to settle into school life and become familiar with their surroundings and routines. We are all here to help and support you and your child for this transition, so please don’t hesitate to speak to us.

We are going to be focusing on lots of fine motor skills, starting with Dough Disco every morning when the children come into school, as well as a variety of activities in the classroom for the children to interact with. We aim for most of the children to be able to identify and begin to write their name independently by the end of the first half term.

During this half term we will be doing PE on a Monday and Forest School on a Tuesday. Please bring in your child’s PE kit and Forest School clothes in a bag with their name on. These can be brought on the first day of term and left in school until the last day of term (unless they are very muddy).  

On a Wednesday afternoon Mrs Gardner will be leading the activities in the class, whilst I am teaching Forest School throughout the rest of the school. Mrs Cooke will be teaching the class all about Friendship Terrace and RE on a Thursday afternoon during my PPA time.

Reading diaries will be given out with a reading book when we have fully assessed your child’s knowledge and understanding of print. Reading is a massive part of your child’s development and we encourage them to read a little every night. Please ensure you write in their reading diaries to show that they have been listened to read.

Just a few dates for your diary:

25th September: Whole school European Languages Day

11th / 14th October: Life Education bus

21st / 22nd October: Parents’ evenings

24th October: Key Stage 1 football tournament

25th October: Last day of half term

I look forward to beginning this new adventure with you and getting to know you all as the year progresses.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to me at the end of the day if you have any queries or email me on

Miss Garner

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