Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

UPCOMING EVENT: Scarecrow Hunt Friday 19th September.

Please find a detailed letter here.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this page on the website. We hope that you will find the page useful as it will give you dates and important messages.

Starting school is an exciting time with new friends to make, and many new and exciting experiences to be had. We know that for some children and families it can feel a little daunting at first. We work hard to make sure that everyone feels warmly welcomed into our Bromley family, and provide lots of opportunities for parents, carers and families to come into school. We seek to ensure that each and every child benefits from the best possible support with all the adults around them sharing their knowledge and expertise to recognise what each child can already do well, what they find challenging, and what we all need to do to support their next steps in learning.

Please remember we are here to help.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions; we are here to make sure your child settles in smoothly.  We hope you can come to some of the workshops – they will help you to help your child with their learning.  It’s also an opportunity for you to see how well they have settled in.


In Nursery we were reading No-bot by Sue Hendra.  Click on the picture to hear the story:

We are now reading a new book called Frank the Farmer, which you can browse here.

Thank you so much for the fantastic responses we have had from you regarding our new story Frank the Farmer. It is really supporting your children in getting to know about a working farm, the sounds the farm animals make and what foods they produce.

We have also been learning our colours through our new nursery rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep


In Reception we have been learning through the story of Owl Babies. You can listen to the story here:

Here’s another owl story we have been enjoying: WOW! Said the Owl. We’ve been looking at the changing colours of the autumn leaves around us as the season changes.

We have also been reading Mouse Paint, which you can listen to here:

Please take a look at Receptions homework sheet by clicking here: Reception Homework

All the children have now been introduced to ‘Phase 2’ of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and are now learning to develop the skills to use these for simple reading and writing. This means they have been introduced to the sounds made by the following letters ; satpincmdogherlkbuf, and the tricky words : to, no, I, go, the. You can help your child by helping them to find these in the environment (in signage, advertising posters, food packaging, etc) as well as in books. At this stage focus on recognition of  ‘lower case’ , unless it crops up at the start of a name where it will be a capital letter. Help them to listen for these sounds at the start of and within simple words. Playing ‘I spy’ together is a good game to play for this. The phonics workshop will now be on 17th October, not 10th as originally advertised. In the workshop we will show you how we teach and sound out the letters in school, and how the children start to use these to read simple words.

Foundation Stage Staff

Foundation Stage Leader and Assistant Head:  Mrs K. Palmer (Deputy DSL and forest school leader)

Teachers: Mrs Palmer and Mrs Writtle

Teaching assistants: Mrs Walburn (HLTA, paediatric first aid trained), Mrs Woodward, Mrs Timmins, Miss Rides (paediatric first aid trained) , Mrs Wood and Mrs Addenbrooke (paediatric first aid trained)

Important Dates: 

Wednesday 3rd October : Nursery rhythm and rhyme:  Morning Nursery 8.55-9.05am +      Afternoon Nursery 12.25-12.35pm

Wednesday 3rd October : Reception Bug Club drop in session 2.45 – 3.30

Wednesday 10th October Nursery ‘I can’ workshop: Morning Nursery 8.55-9.05am +                 Afternoon Nursery 12.25-12.35pm

Wednesday 17th October: Reception Phonics workshop  9.15 – 9.30am (please note that this date has changed and there is no longer a Phonics workshop on Wednesday 10th October)

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October:  Reception and Nursery parents’ evenings after school. This will be an opportunity to look at your child’s learning story book with them as well as to talk to the teacher. Letters will go out nearer the time to enable you to indicate the time period that will suit you best.

Friday 19th October 2.30pm Scarecrow Hunt for all Nursery and Reception children. We hope all families will make and bring a scarecrow for this event. This year’s theme will be Nursery Rhyme characters. Ideas about simple cheap ways to make them and more information will go out nearer the time. All our Morning Nursery families are welcome to come back and join us for this event, as are grandparents and partners.

Friday 26th October Foundation Stage family picnic This will take place on the school field (weather permitting) 2.40pm. In the event of bad weather this will have to be cancelled. All morning Nursery children and families are invited to come back for this too. Bring a small picnic for your child and your family, and something to sit on. Partners, grandparents, other family members, siblings all welcome. Come and meet your child’s friends and their families.

Friday 26th October break up for half term. We start back on Monday 5th November



As you are already aware we are members of Bug Club, a reading scheme by Pearson. Children each have their own unique username and password so that they can access books online  which have been assigned to them by their class teacher. They will need to enter the school code which is ‘6jp7’ for all children.

Click on the picture to take you to the active learn website.

Click on the picture to take you to the Active Learn website

Once children are logged on the books which have been given to them by their teacher will appear. All books are interactive and have questions for children to answer.



Website links for Foundation Stage   Below are some useful websites with information and resources to help you support your child’s learning at home:-

Find out about the importance of sharing books with your child.

Sharing books is invaluable. Please take every opportunity to share books with your child using the home reader book box to choose a story with them. The home reader book box will be available for the Reception children every day either on arrival or at dismissal.

Find free activities, fact sheets, videos and information about children’s speech, language and communication. There is a progress checker for you to use to see how your child’s communication is developing and a postcode search of local speech and language provision.

Click on the picture to take you to the website

Click on the picture to take you to the website

The following is a really useful site to go to for help and advice about your child’s communication skills, talking, speech, listening and understanding :-I CAN Help is a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication.

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