Foundation Stage

Welcome to Foundation Stage and Holbrook Primary School!

Miss Matticks will be updating this page with lots of information about what's going on in class and future events too. Please remember you can contact Miss Matticks through Class Dojo.



Miss Matticks - Class Teacher

Mrs Potter - Teaching Assistant / Lucy Bradshaw - Forest School   


Spring Term Highlights

This term we have been learning all about the people that help us in our local community! The children have met lots of interesting people and explored some amazing roles within our community, such as police officers, health care assistants, dental nurses, builders, and so many more. Parents, all of these updates have been posted on our class story on ClassDojo for you to see the exciting things that have been going on in school! 

Highlights of Autumn Term 1 


We have had a very exciting start to the year this term. The children in foundation have settled in well and have been really excited about their learning. Our topic this half-term has been the circus as chosen by the class. We explored the different acts that may be in the circus, tried out our own circus skills in PE, and thought about what acts we would all like to be in our own circus. The class even put on their own performance in school, showing off their circus talents! Parents, this video has now been added to our story on class dojo.


The class also received a gift from Paddington Bear. He sent us a book about his experience at the circus and told us all about what he would be in his own circus. Paddington also sent us a copy of 'The Greatest Showman' DVD, some popcorn to make and a few circus props! The children made the popcorn and observed the change that occurs when it is heated, and some children even made Paddington some thank you cards to show how thankful they were for our gifts! 



We also took part in the sponsored Alton Water walk. Foundation walked all the way to the café at Alton Water and explored the area. This was a great day filled with games (lots of playing), bug hunting and of course a picnic!

Our language of the month for October has been French!  The children have learned to say hello in French when we answer the register every day, order their lunch in French (option 1 and 2), and have also learned to say some foods. Thanks to the amazing Erasmus project run at Holbrook by
Mrs Drury, the children were also lucky enough to have two French teachers visit us and read us the story of the Hungry Caterpillar.           



The children have also started their Forest Schools' programme this term with Mrs Earley. They have found an incredible amount of insects down in the hollow such as stag beetle larvae, ladybirds, caterpillars, woodlice and lots of other creepy crawlies! Mrs Earley and Lucy Lizard have also taken the time to do some amazing activities with the children, such as threading holes through palm leaves and making conker caterpillars. 



During the Autumn Term, Foundation will be learning their Phase 2 phonics sounds and starting to segment and blend CVC words. The class have made a video of the sounds and actions we will be learning within Phase 2 - a video for Phase 3 will come later! You can also find the description of each action here.

Some great phonics games such as 'Buried Treasure' can be found online at, where you can support your child with blending and segmenting at home.

Simple phonics flashcards are also great to use each day as a small part of your child's morning routine to reinforce their grapheme recognition, these can easily be found online or made at home! If you need support finding any resources such as pencil control sheets or handwriting resources, please let me know and we will try to find these for you. 


Phonics Workshop - Friday 12th October 2018
Please follow the links here to find the Presentation from this workshop with myself and Mr Cloke, and the
Reading at Home Handout provided.                       



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Documents & Newsletters

Autumn Term 1 Newsletter 2018

Autumn Term 2 Newsletter 2018

Spring Term 1 Newsletter 2019

Spring Term 2 Newsletter 2019

Summer Term 1 Newsletter 2019

Summer Term 2 Newsletter 2019

Long-Term Curriculum Coverage EYFS


Foundation Curriculum Outlines

Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Map

Spring Term 1 Curriculum Map

Spring Term 2 Curriculum Map

Summer Term 1 Curriculum Map

Summer Term 2 Curriculum Map


Language of The Month!

October - French 

November/December - Italian

January/February -  German

March - Polish

April - Italian