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Foundation Stage Unit 2016/17 – F1D, F2G, F2S

Hot, Hot, Hot!

We were all getting a little hot and bothered near the end of the week.  What better way to cool down than to have a shower!

Catch of the Day!

Mr Dave brought in some amazing fish, caught by a local fishing boat in Exmouth waters.  We had a really interesting time looking carefully at the fish and spider crab, making observations, talking about and drawing them.  Later on Mr Dave gutted a few of the fish and skinned a dog fish for us.  It was a bit smelly but fascinating!

Sports Day

We all had a fantastic morning, we hope you did too!  Our favourite relay had to be the sack race.  Thank you for all the cheering and encouragement whilst we were showing off our P.E. skills, it spurred us on in the sunshine.

FSU Summer 2017 Curriculum Map

Transition Meeting F2 to Year 1

Welcome to Foundation Stage Unit!



And there's more!

We arrived in school this morning to find another 3 chicks cheeping in the incubator and since then 2 more chicks have hatched.  The FSU is full of the sound of cheeping and chirping!

The chicks are now strong enough to go into the heat box and are enjoying the space, food and water there.  They are gathering quite a following and the FSU are receiving a lot of new visitors.

New Arrival

We are proud to announce the arrival of baby Brixy, hatched this morning under the watchful eye of 84 children!  Brixy is wibbling about, chirping to the other eggs, telling them to hurry up and hatch.  We will be moving the new chick to it's heated home once a companion has hatched and both are totally dry and fluffy.

Special Delivery!

On Tuesday we took delivery of an incubator and a dozen eggs.  We have a number of suggestions from the children about what might emerge from the eggs.  Ideas have ranged from snakes, dinosaurs, dragons, chicks and even a mermaid!  We wait anxiously for the first arrival.

Curriculum News

We have planned for the Summer term.  Please see the attached curriculum map for information about our theme 'Growing and Changing'.  We have also added a very handy and informative parents guide to the Early Years Curriculum which we think is easy reading and interesting.  This is the guide/leaflet referred to in the curriculum map attached.

Storyteller Session - Spring

Mrs White returned for a second storyteller session.  It was super to greet some new faces as well as our 'regulars'.  After a little time sharing big books, stories and refreshments we all settled down to hear Mrs White tell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with props and assistants.  We think that the caterpillar would have gone pop if he had had a chance to nibble on Mrs Waters homemade biscuits!


Games Stay and Play

We had a wonderful time playing with our newly acquired games in the FSU today!  Everywhere you went, the hall, library or FSU bases Mum's, Dad's, Grandparents and children were all getting down and playing the games.  The 'Stay and Play' session has introduced the new games that will shortly be available to borrow from our games lending library - to be launched after Easter.  All involved helped us produce games reviews and the general consensus of opinion appears to be that there is a game for everyone!


A huge thank you to all who attended our storyteller session last Thursday after school.  It was wonderful to see families enjoying the books available, nibbling on biscuits, sipping squash and tea!  We all enjoyed listening to Mrs White tell the stories of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'A Windy Day'...very apt considering storm Doris was still blowing outside!    If you missed this session don't worry we'll being holding more sessions in the future, watch out for information slips going home with more news.

FSU Newsletter no. 3 - Spring

Christmas in the FSU

We have had a wonderful time in the FSU this December.  We began with a glitter filled Stay and Play session and finished the month with 'The Nativity' performance.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this term (and for the superb show costumes!), and to wish you all a very...


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A few images from our Stay and Play session.

First Class Photo


The children from Blue and Red base had their photo taken by the Express & Echo for the 'First Class' supplement.  It is a nice keepsake of their first class at school and will be published on Thursday 20th October.


We joined the whole school for Harvest Festival celebrations this week.  In the café we celebrated with warm bread, butter, jam and honey.  Delicious!  We practised using knives to spread the butter and jam, it took a lot of concentration!  We also went to the school kitchen and learnt how to make bread with Mrs Waters. 

Dough Gym

We have started to learn the moves for our Dough Gym.  We can't wait to show you what we have learnt so far at the FSU Stay and Play on Wednesday 19th October, 9.00-10.00.  We must send a huge thanks to Sue Brown from Tesco, she works to develop links with the wider Tesco Community and very kindly organised all the necessary ingredients for 90 'servings' of play dough.  She came along to see how our Dough Gym was developing this week and joined in too!


We have held our first gardening club led by Kate Brookbank.  The children had a great time weeding and starting to get our raised bed ready for planting onion and garlic sets as well as a huge bag full of bulbs.  We could still do with more helpers, Kate was the only brave volunteer and there is a lot to do before winter!

FSU Bulletin

Foundation Stage Unit 2016 - 2017

A big welcome to all our children, parents and families.  See below for our themes and curriculum coverage for this half term.

End of Year

All in the FSU Team would like to thank everyone of you for your kind words and generous gifts we have received this week.  We have had a very busy but wonderful year and we will miss our children of 2015/2016.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year.  Have a lovely and restful summer break.

FSU Team

Thank you for our gifts!  The last café of the year, ice lollies on the field for all in the FSU! 

F2S Community Lunch

We all had a wonderful time during our Community Lunch this week.  After a delicious lunch and a good chat at the dinner table we enjoyed the sunshine on the field.  What a great way to spend time together.  Thank you to all who were able to attend. We are sure Community Lunches will continue next year. 

 Great interest and involvement in boat making on the terrace!


Despite the weather we had a fantastic sports morning. A huge thank you to all our parents, grandparents and families who braved the weather to give our F1 children so much support. The children had a wonderful time showing off their sporting skills and joining in with competitive races. The whole morning was rounded off by a family picnic in the FSU grounds. Have a look below at some of the photographs taken capturing the day.

  What an amazing day F2 had today at West Town Farm in Ide! We had such lovely weather and the children experienced a range of different activities including:  Preparing, cooking and eating our own vegetable soup - round an open fire, exploring the gardens on a 'seed, weed, flower or vegetable' hunt, meeting cows, sheep and piglets, mud painting , exploring the orchard, being badgers hunting for their food and holes and..... investigating cow pats!! Wow what a busy day! - thoroughly enjoyed by the now-very-tired children, staff and helpers!
F2 Farm Visit Photos : Set 2

Final Cookery Week

This week the last group of F2 children for this half term experienced cookery group.  They had a wonderful time.  We thought that we would include a picture of the industrial sized oven that they cook with!  We will be repeating the cookery club next half term, the children have really impressed Mrs Waters with their culinary skills!

Garden on a Plate

Wow, what a turn out!  Many thanks to all who managed to call in for our Stay and Play session this morning and the 'Garden on a Plate' exhibition at the end of the day.  The children had a wonderful time and we think you will agree some amazing gardens were created.  We saw gardens with washing lines, fairies, aliens, pirates and playgrounds...a huge variety.  FSU certainly have great imaginations.  Have a look at the work in progress below.

Summer Cookery School

We hope that you are enjoying the tasty cheese straws coming home, the children are really enjoying their sessions in the kitchen.  Mrs Waters is already thinking about next half terms recipe.  Our tummy's are rumbling in anticipation!

Baby Visit

F1 and F2 had a visit from Mrs Proctor and her granddaughter Dolly!

We talked about how babies change as they grow and how they develop.  Mrs Proctor explained how she helps to look after Dolly, feeding, washing/changing, encouraging her to play and the children had a chance to ask questions and share their ideas.

F2 Cookery

During the summer term children in F2 will be having cookery sessions with Mrs Waters in the school kitchen.

This half term two groups each week will be making cheese straws.  Once made the children will be bringing their produce home for you all to enjoy!

FSU Balance Bikes