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0 APPLE - Mrs Barrett

Welcome to Apple Class!


Home Learning






Our Class Motto was made up of words chosen by the children.  These are:

“We are: Helpful, Kind, Friendly, Learning, Happy”





In foundation stage we plan stimulating and exciting learning opportunities indoors and outdoors to engage the children. Our provision areas include; sand, water, role play, writing, maths, construction and small world.

These areas all facilitate opportunities for your children to explore, investigate and wonder, finding out and learning in the most exciting way – through play!


Throughout the school day we have structured time which includes adult led learning. This structure includes; daily phonics, maths, literacy and topic activities. We also include P.E, Jigsaw, Music and RE in our Foundation Stage curriculum.


Useful Parent Information


The school day

The school day starts at 8:45 and finishes at 3pm. Please make sure your child arrives promptly at school for 8:45 to ensure they are present for register and ready to start learning. If for any reason, your child arrives after this time, please go to the school office. If you will be late to pick up your child at home time, please ring the office to inform them as soon as possible.  For safety reasons, children need to be collected by a known adult, so if someone new is collecting your child please inform a member of staff.

Water Bottles

The children are encouraged throughout the day to drink water to ensure they are well hydrated.  Please send your child to school with a named water bottle.  Please note these should not be filled with juice.



Reading is an important and fun part of children’s learning.  Children will read a few times a week in a Guided Reading session as part of a group.  They also bring home a Reading Scheme book to read and enjoy with an adult.  We encourage children to read every day at home.  Please sign your child’s reading record book to say you have read with your child.  There is a comments section for any comments you wish to make. Your child will have the option to swap their book on a regular basis.  Please ask them to take it out of their book bag on a morning and put it in your class book box to ensure it is changed.  This will be outside the classroom door.



In Upper Foundation Stage we have access to the outdoor area at all times; therefore, your child has access to a range of fantastic gross motor opportunities daily. These include; ball games, running, jumping, skipping and climbing skills.


We also have one P.E session per week.  On PE days please send your child in their PE Kit. They will remain in this for the whole day in school.  Children need to wear a white t-shirt, dark shorts / jogging bottoms and trainers.  We will be doing PE outdoors this half term.  Please ensure your child has a school jumper / cardigan to wear outdoors.  All kit should be clearly named.  Children with long hair need a bobble to tie it back during the session and children with earrings will need them removing that day. 

Our PE day will be on a Wednesday. 



Your child should wear uniform which follows our school policy. In Foundation Stage your child will need appropriate clothing all year round for outdoor play. In winter, please make sure you send your child to school with a waterproof coat, hat, scarves and gloves.

In summer, please send your child with a sun hat and labelled sun cream.

It is a good idea to send a pair of wellies to school with your child for all year round as we will use them daily when playing on the grass, in the mud kitchen and for water play.

Please remember to label ALL items of clothing and shoes as this will help return lost property as soon as possible.


Learning Journey
The Foundation stage staff continually observe the children in the setting and celebrate their wonderful progress. We record WOW moments on our learning journey app and we share this with you at regular intervals.  Please ensure school have an up to date email address for you to receive these updates. The first update will be sent once the children have settled in. We hope you look forward to seeing what they have been up to!       


We hope your child enjoys their time in Upper Foundation Stage.  If you have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff in the Foundation Stage Unit and arrange an appropriate time to chat.

In Foundation Stage, we are doing the ‘50 Things To Do Before You're Five’ Challenge. We will complete challenges and update you with our progress.     

We hope that the activities will be lots of fun for the children. Please click on the link below to see our progress.

Platinum Jubilee Day

We have enjoyed our PE sessions with the sports coach.  We have developed our running, hopping, jumping and skipping techniques.


This week we have been reading the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have enjoyed retelling the story and creating our own story maps. We have experimented with straw, sticks and bricks to see which material is the strongest to build a house out of.


We have visited St Peter's church. We have enjoyed walking through Horbury to the church and exploring inside. We had a walk around church to find features such as; the font, the pews, the altar. We looked at the images on the stained-glass windows. We could see Jesus having his last supper and Jesus on the cross. We learned about what the organ is for and were amazed at how big it was!


We have enjoyed learning about why we celebrate St George's Day.  We have read the story of Saint George and the dragon and then acted out the story.  We had some very brave St. George's and some ferocious dragons!  We also enjoyed designing and making our own shield and building our own castles with crates, blocks and shapes.


Our new arrivals!

We have been finding out about the lifecycle of a chick.  We have been so lucky to have the most wonderful learning experience, watching some eggs hatch into chicks.  We have been waiting patiently for our 2 chicks to hatch.  We have been keeping the eggs warm in an incubator.  On Monday we were really excited as we watched them hatch.  They are making lots of chirping noises!


We have enjoyed our gymnastic sessions this half term.  We have been learning how to perform a log roll and how to keep our bodies tense and stretched when rolling.  We have also been learning how to perform a range of gymnastic shapes such as tuck, star, pike and dish.  


Red Nose Day

We enjoyed looking for signs of spring on a walk around the school grounds.  We found daffodils, crocuses and lots of frogs and frogspawn!


We have planted a range of seeds and we are very excited to see how they grow. We have watered the seeds and kept them in the sunlight. We can't wait to try our vegetables. 


World Book Day

You can view all of our photos here.


We have been really engaged in our learning about China and Chinese New Year. To start the learning, we found out where China was on a map and then made the flag of China. We have enjoyed making the great wall of China in the outdoor sandpit and construction area.  We have made Chinese lanterns, written Chinese numbers and dressed up in Chinese clothing in the home corner.  We had a Chinese New Year celebration and danced using our handmade dragon.


Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

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PE - Dance

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We have enjoyed performing actions and movements to music.


Science Day - We had a fantastic day investigating bubbles.

Ice Investigation

We used our senses to investigate ice and we observed how it changed over time.


We have enjoyed looking for signs of winter in our outdoor environment.


Christmas Activities

We have enjoyed investigating light and dark by setting up a dark den in the classroom and exploring with various light sources.


Children in Need

We had a great day dressing up and raising money for Children in Need.


Gruffalo Art Day

We had a visit from a local artist who worked with us to create a Gruffalo from felt.  We were really proud of the finished artwork.


National Nursery Rhyme Week - 'The Grand of Duke of York'

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We have enjoyed singing lots of nursery rhymes this week.  Our favourite is The Grand Old Duke of York.


We have been learning about a special Hindu festival called Diwali.  We have looked in

non-fiction books to find out about how the festival is celebrated.  We have enjoyed making Diva lamps, Mehndi hand patterns, Rangoli patterns and retelling the story of Rama and Sita with the Diwali small world figures and puppets.


Odd Sock Day

PE - Balance and Coordination

The children have been developing their balance and coordination skills and have enjoyed moving in different ways.


As part of our 'All about me' topic we have read the story of 'Funny Bones' and enjoyed learning the correct names for bones in our body.  We practised our cutting skills and cut straws to different lengths to create a skeleton picture.  We have been learning how to clean our teeth and have discussed the importance of eating fruit and vegetables to keep our bodies healthy and we sorted foods into healthy and unhealthy groups.  

Allotment Visit

We were so excited to go on a visit to a local allotment this week.  We saw lots of vegetables growing such as pumpkins, onions, leeks and sprouts.  We enjoyed looking at all the different vegetables when we got back to school.  We talked about our favourite vegetables and enjoyed reading the story Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French.

As part of our 'All about me' topic we have enjoyed talking about our families and creating a self-portrait using paints and collage materials.  We made play dough representations of our families by rolling, cutting and squeezing the dough. We have looked at the history of our family and created a family tree.  We have also enjoyed talking about where we live, our journey to school and we have created a representation of our home with different materials.