Foundation 2: Ash and Oak 2023 - 2024

Welcome to EYFS:  Reception- Oak and Ash Class

Miss Caskey is our teacher in Ash class

Mrs Burke is our teacher in Oak class

Miss Jones, Miss Kearney and Miss Hamilton work with us in Reception.

In Foundation at Pinehurst we Experience, Excel and Enjoy. 


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Life in Foundation

The children in Foundation are looking forward to a great year of learning. 

We have focused sessions on Maths, Phonics, and Literacy each day.

Our PE day is Tuesday. Your child will need a yellow Pinehurst t-shirt, navy shorts and a pair of pumps.   Your child should come to school wearing their P.E kit. if it is a wet day they can come in school shoes and bring their pumps in a bag.


Our Curriculum

At Pinehurst Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides the children with opportunities to Experience, Excel and Enjoy. We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through the delivery of a twenty-first century education. A cross-curricular approach to learning encourages the children to be independent, reflective learners and responsible citizens. We work closely with parents to support children’s learning. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is based around seven areas of learning. These areas are split into two categories – Prime and Specific.


The Prime Areas of learning include:

Communication and Language: 

To listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole-class discussions and small group interactions.

To make comments about what they hear and ask questions to clarify their understanding.

To hold conversations when involved in back-and-forth exchanges with their teachers and peers.

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To participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas and recently used vocabulary.

To offer explanations as to why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate.

To express their ideas and feeling about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions with modelling and support from their teacher.


Physical Development:

 Gross Motor Skills

To negotiate space and objects safely, with consideration for themselves and others.

To demonstrate strength, balance, and coordination when playing.

to move energetically, such as running, dancing, hopping, jumping skipping and climbing.

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Fine Motor Skills

To hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing, using the tripod grip in almost all cases.

To use small tools including scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery.

to begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Self Regulation

To show an understanding of their own feeling and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly.

To set and work towards simple goals being able to wait for things they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate.

To give focused attention to what the teacher says, respond appropriately even when engaged in an activity, and show an ability to follow instructions, involving several ideas or actions.

Managing Self

To be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience. and perseverance in the face of challenge.

To explain the reason for rules, know right from wrong and behave accordingly.

To manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet, and understanding the importance of healthy food choices. 

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Building relationships

To work and play cooperatively and take turns with others.

To form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers.

To show sensitivity to their own needs and those of others'

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The Specific Areas of learning include:



To demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.

To anticipate where appropriate key events in stories.

To use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.

 Word reading 

To say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 diagraphs.

To read words consistently with their phonic knowledge by sound blending.

to read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.


To write recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed.

To spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing sounds with a letter or letters.

To write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

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To have a deep understanding of numbers 1-10, including the composition of each number.

Subitize (recognising quantities without counting.) up to 5.

Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes or counting aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Number Pattern

To verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.

To compare quantities in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as another quantity.

To explore and represent patterns within numbers, up to 10 including evens and odds, double facts, and how quantities can be distributed evenly.

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Understanding the World:

Past and Present

To talk about the lives of people around them and their role in society.

To know some similarities and differences of things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

To understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.


People, Culture, and Communities

To describe their immediate environments using knowledge from observation, discussions, stories non-fiction texts, and maps.

To know some similarities and differences between some religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

To explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries drawing on knowledge from stories and non-fiction texts and when appropriate maps. 

The Natural World

To explore the natural world around them making observations and drawings pictures of animals and plants.

To know some similarities and differences between the natural worlds around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

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Expressive Arts and Design: 

Creative Experiences

To safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools, and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture form and function.

To share their creations explaining the process they have used

To make props and materials when role-playing characters in narratives and stories.

.Creative and Imaginative

To invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher.

To sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.

To perform songs, rhymes, poems, and stories with others and when appropriate-try to move in time to music.

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This term we will be learning about Ourselves in the World, and Light

 Please see our Curriculum news at the bottom of the page for more information. 

It will be a busy and fun-filled year of learning. 



How can I help and support my child at school?

Send your child to school with their book bag EVERY DAY

Please make sure your child has their name on their clothing and belongings. This will enable children and staff to find clothing etc. 

Send your child into school with a water bottle clearly labeled with their name. 

Homework will include a range of different activities linked to the topics we are learning about in class. Please check your child’s book bag regularly for homework.

Reading is encouraged daily and should be recorded in your child’s reading record book. Books will be changed on  Mondays, and Thursdays provided the reading records have been signed.   


Practical ideas to support your child 

To help your child access the curriculum and in addition to set homework, we ask that you do the following things at home with your child on a regular basis:

Teach them how to dress/undress independently.

Teach them how to look after their teeth.

Teach them to use the toilet independently.

Teach them to use a knife and fork.

Encourage them to make healthy food choices and try new foods. 

Teach them to hold a pencil correctly and write their name.

Provide lots of opportunities for drawing, painting, and mark-making.

Read bedtime stories every night and talk about them.

Have regular conversations with your child and encourage them to ask questions.

Visit places of interest.

Greet your child at the end of the school day with a smile, NOT a mobile phone.

Limit the amount of screen time they have.

Encourage them to give up dummies and bottles as they are not age-appropriate.


Some websites that may be of interest:

Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Peace Out

Physical Development

Cosmic Kids Yoga




Understanding the World

Come Outside

Let's Celebrate:  Cbeebies

Expressive Arts and Design

Art ideas




Please continue to update us on your child's learning at home and view their achievements on Tapestry. If you have misplaced your login details, please see Miss Caskey or Mrs Burke. 

To keep up to date with our learning journey don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PinehurstP 

Please continue to share with us your tweets about your learning outside of school. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 

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