Foundation Stage - Spiders & Butterflies

Foundation Stage 2017-18
There are 2 reception classes in the Foundation Stage. The Spider class teacher is Mrs Phillips and the classroom assistants are Mrs Clist and Miss Stevens. The Butterfly class teacher is Miss Woods and the classroom assistants are Mrs Furze and Mrs Thomas. 

                        Foundation Stage Autumn News Letter 2017

 Welcome to Eastover Primary School. We hope that your child's time with us is a happy one and that they reach their full potential in all areas. Thank you for supporting the induction process into school. The children have settled well into school life.


There are a variety of ways to keep you informed of school events and your child’s learning. Please can you check the class white boards outside the classrooms on a daily basis. There are also whole school and Foundation Stage paper newsletters. Class teachers will check each child’s reading record once a week so you can leave us a message in that. Otherwise you can speak to teachers at the end of the school day.

We also have the school website-eschools and you will soon receive a log in to access your child’s class page.

For the second year we will be documenting each child’s learning and development through a secure electronic programme called Tapestry. We will let you know as soon as possible when you will be able to access this.

Parent’s evenings will be in October and March to discuss your child’s progress and you will receive a written report at the end of year as a summary of the year.

A member of staff will be available to take any messages from you in the morning. It is essential that we know if there is a different person than usual picking your child up and that they are on your child’s list of contacts.



Please ensure that ALL school clothing and shoes are clearly named including P.E kit and daps. We would like you to encourage your child to be as independent as possible in getting changed including shoes and coats as well as clothes as this will help them in school. No jewellery is to be worn for P.E.

P.E kit will be sent home every half term to be washed.

Lunch and snack time

As you will be aware your child has had a free hot school meal. Your   child also receives a free snack and until their fifth birthday can receive free milk.   If your child does not want milk please let us know and they     will need a healthy drink in a NAMED bottle. We request that drinks bottles are not carried in book bags due to damage to books and phonic resources etc.


Your child will need to have their book bag in school every day. At the moment the children can have up to two ‘choosing’ books to share with you at home. The ‘choosing’ books (that have a sticker on) are located in-between the classes. You are welcome to change these before or after school.   These books are to share and enjoy and can be changed regularly. They will not be expected to formally read these yet. ‘Schemed’ books will be given to the children at a later date. There will be more information on this at the reading workshop. The expectation is that you read (phonics, keywords or books) every day with your child.

                                  In the morning

As soon as the bell goes in the morning your child does not need to line   up and can come straight into the classroom ready for registration.

Please can you support your child in being independent by allowing them to organise themselves and their belongings (book bag, drinks bottle etc.) after the school bell in the mornings.


There are 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.

 3 Prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development (PD).

 4 Specific areas: Literacy (L), Mathematics (M) Understanding the World UTW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).

At the end of the year each child will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals in these areas of learning.

This term we will deliver the curriculum through cross-curricular topic work       and the children’s interests and needs.

 This term we feel it is essential that children feel settled, safe and familiar with the environment and staff in order to become successful learners.  

We will be teaching phonics and your child will be bringing letter sounds then words home to learn. There will be more information on this at the reading workshop.



Important Autumn dates for your diary

Saturday 16th September– Summer fayre  12-3

Wednesday 27th September– INSET (school closed to children)

Friday 29th September-FS reading workshop 2.00pm

Friday 13t October - Tempest Photographer (Individual photographs)

17th and 19th October parents evenings. You will need to sign up  on eschools for this.

Friday 20th October-INSET

Monday 23rd October-Half term-no school

Monday 30th October-back to school.

3rd November- Nursery Rhyme Day

Please can your child dress as their favourite nursery rhyme character. 

Friday 1st December-Maths workshop 2.00pm

19th December- Foundation Stage Nativity Production 10am in the school hall

Thursday 21st December-end of Autumn term


The Foundation Stage staff look forward to a happy, busy and successful year working together to ensure a successful start on your child’s learning journey.

The children in Foundation Stage enjoyed using their senses of taste and smell to identify ice-cream flavours. Some children tried to have a sneaky peep with their eyes! We then enjoyed tasting our favourite flavour. Some children noted that their ice-cream was melting at the end. 

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Eastover Primary School, Wellington Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5EX