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Welcome t the Foundation Stage!




Meet Our Foundation Stage Team


Miss Molloy - Class Teacher

Mrs Capper - Early Years Teaching Assistant

Mrs Smith - Early Years Teaching Assistant

Mrs Edwards - Early Years Teaching Assistant

Mrs Law - Early Years Classroom Assistant

Miss Page - Early Years Apprentice Teaching Assistant


Our Class Saint



Mary, Mother of God



As a Foundation Stage and Catholic school, we feel that it is very important to start our children’s school journey by learning about ‘St Mary’.

We believe that as our school name is ‘Our Lady of Grace’ that it is important for our Nursery and Reception class to develop their understanding and knowledge about Jesus’ Mother, Mary. As we know Saint Mary is a central figure in Christianity, she fulfils the motherly role as we see in a story familiar to our children, ‘The Christmas story, the Birth of Jesus’. Mary is role for all mothers and she shows us love and gentleness.

As a class we will learn a very special and important Prayer, the ‘Hail Mary’.

Please practise this at home also.


Hail, Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee;

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death.


Feast Day: This will be celebrated in school on Friday 7th January


Our class topic for Summer 1 is "On the Farm"




This half term we will be having a big focus on our new topic ‘On the Farm’. Our story focuses are ‘Farmer Duck’, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’.

We will also be learning about planting, growing, healthy living and eating and life and plant cycles’.

In R.E. this half term we will be looking at,



Easter – This half term we will be continuing to look at Easter before moving on to Pentecost. 


Class Saint – St Mary

 Our special class Saint this year is Saint Mary and we will be learning all about Our Lady




We are starting to use and display our magic moments in the classroom! We are developing a tree display, we are going to add the children’s magic moments onto this tree! We will send out a template of these at the beginning of this half term.

These magic moments can be something you have achieved a home – riding a bike, dressing yourself, helping at home! Anything at all, big or small!


               If you have not already please pass on your email and download the Evidence me app.                You will find and be able to share observations on here from school and home.





Nursery class target

To match initial sounds to words e.g. s – sun, n - net


Reception class target

To re-read my own writing in sentences





Reading Diaries: Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week (school policy) and ensure that you sign their diaries. Diaries will be checked every Friday.  Please practise any sounds and words that are in your child’s purse. We will tick them when they recognise them correctly in school.




 Children will take part in P.E. on Tuesdays and Fridays



 Please still make sure all clothes are clearly labelled.



For more information on what we will be looking at across the curriculum in Summer 1 please see the information sheet below.

It was so lovely to have our mums in school to celebrate Mother`s Day.

We found lots of signs of Spring on our walk around the school grounds.

We all had a great time at Biddulph Library and so many of us became members, taking books out with our very own membership card!

Chinese New Year

Celebrating our class Saint Day, 'Saint Mary'. After leading a beautiful saint day assembly the children enjoyed a party.

Christmas Lunch...Yum Yum!

Christmas Party... We had a very special visitor...

Look who we met on our visit to Amerton Farm.................

We had lots of fun on our Autumn walk at Knypersley Reservior

We`ve had a great first week settling into Foundation Stage!

Ideas for books to be experienced


The Wild Woods – Simon James

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

Each Peach Pear Plum – Ahlberg

A Brave Bear – Sean Taylor

The First Slodge – Jeanne Willis

One Smart Fish – Chris Wormell

A Place to call Home – Alexis Deacon

Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravett

I Love you, Blue Kangaroo – Emma Chichester Clark

Kipper’s Toybox – Mick Inkpen

The Blue Balloon –

The Teddy Robber – Ian Beck

Bears Don’t Read – Emma Chichester Clark

I am Henry Finch – Alexis Deacon

Monsters at Bedtime – Ed Vere

Traditional Stories

Fredrick – Leo Lionni

Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper

Funnybones – Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman – Alan Ahlberg

Wiinnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne 

Old Bear Stories – Jane Hissey

Where is My Teddy – Jez Allborough

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out – Jill Tomlinson

The Emperor’s Egg – Martin Jenkins

The Little Polar Bear – Hans De Beer

Useful Websites
Useful Phonics Websites
Useful Maths Websites

Dental Health


All children are entitled to free NHS dental treatment. Take your child to the dentist regularly to ensure that their teeth are healthy and developing well.


Nursery Phonics 1

Nursery Phonics 2

Nursery Phonics 3