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Foundation Stage


Keep your child sounding out and blending the words in their guided reading books, home readers and any other books they have at home. Keep reading with your child, have a look at the Words for Life website for helpful tips. Also the Book Trust website for some fun reading ideas at home

On Purple Mash you can access Serial Mash which are e-readers however they are generally aimed above Foundation level but there may be stories you can read together. Your child has an individual log-in for Purple Mash - please contact the school office if you haven't got your chid's log-in.

On the Oxford Owl website - there are also e-readers here for ages from 3 up - you will recognise a lot of them from the paper copies we have at school. You need to register as a parent for access to these onine books.

Your child should also have their High Frequency words to learn to sightread  either in a word pot or a red book. Once they have mastered those you can move them on to the next four words from the list on the Foundation Class Page..


All of our children are at different stages of their writing journey, however we encourage all children to practise their writing ensuring they are writing for a purpose. 

  • writing the initial sound for a word
  • writing simple words eg bus, chat, sheep
  • writing a simple sentence (hold a sentence in your head and practise writing word by word).
  • spelling high frequency words correctly and other words in a phonetically plausible way e.g. I went to the park and ran veree farst down the hill.
  • remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.
  • adding connectives and describing words into their sentences.

Continue to practise reading and writing the high frequency words too!

Handwriting - practise forming the pre-cursive alphabet letters.

Write with a purpose! Ask your child to write a list of things you need to get from the shops, a note to a relative, postcard that you can post or photograph and upload to Tapestry.


Key areas to focus on:

  • recognising numbers to 0-10 then to 20
  • ordering numbers from 0-20
  • saying one more and one less for any number between 0 and 20
  • adding single digit numbers using objects
  • subtracting single digit numbers using objects
  • doubing, halving, sharing
  • writing numbers 0-10, then to 20 correctly
  • missing number sentences
  • number bonds to 10

Make the maths practical

- when subtracting single digit numbers using objects eg. if Daddy gives you 7 grapes and then takes 3 away how many have you left (let them have the seven grapes/counters to move to work this out)

- Doubling - this can be done with objects, fingers, whatever helps them learn these - up to double 5

- Halving - as with doubling - half of 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2

- Sharing - use objects and ask them to share 9 raisins between you, the child and a teddy. How can you make it fair? Challenge them by giving them an amount that cannot be shared equally!

Education City  - lots of resources under subjects/maths/f2

The nrich website - activities and games to help the development of mathematical skills

Learning through play & following the children's interests "In the moment planning"

All the things above are "school" tasks however as you know the whole point of Foundation Stage is to learn through play:- here are just a few ideas:

Cooking - opportunities for reading recipes including numbers, weighing, doubling and halving, talking about time.

Playdough - easy to make (if you do have the ingredients) - try the best ever playdough recipe on the Imagination Tree website.

Make and write cards for people - you can always photograph them and add them to Tapestry.

Write lists of what you can see out of the window; birds, vehicles, flowers.

Write stories together - get your chid to tell you a story and write it down then act it out together.

Junk modelling - let your child use the packaging to make whatever is in their imagination, this is useful for creativity and also for fine motor skills when cutting and sticking. Maybe they can write a sign to put next to their model saying what it is and who made it. Take a photo and then you can re-use the packaging again.


Please find below a list of free recommended websites to look at with your child:

CBEEBIES https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games?page=3 particularly Numberblocks and Alphablocks

Twinkl - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years

ICT games  http://www.ictgames.com/



Don't forget to look at the Foundation Class page (Information and Forms, Class Pages) where you will find some useful resources for learning with your child  at home. 

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