Welcome to Foundation Stage FS1

On this page you will find out about what we have been learning, finding out and doing.

Reception is a very important year at school and within the year we aim to provide the children with the tools that they need to ensure they have a successful learning journey at Marlborough. The children learn the values that are important to us at both Marlborough and in the wider community, to take responsibility for their actions, to be tolerant and understanding as well as how to enjoy their learning and work in harmony with others.

We hope you enjoy discovering what life is like at Marlborough. As ever if you have any questions please feel free to come in and chat to us after school.

What We Do in Class

Spring Term 1st Half – Frozen and Winter

We are opening 2020 with the topic based upon the film Frozen. We are linking this with the season of winter. We will be creating a cinema role play area and writing letters to Mrs Pollard asking if we can watch the film. The children are going to be invited to bring their onsies, slippers to wear while watching the film and eating popcorn from cones that they will make. We will go for a winter walk and use our five senses to explore winter. We will make winter soup and then use our creative vocabulary to write winter poems!

Spring Term 2nd Half – Spring and New Life

We are kick starting the second half term looking at changes that are happening in the Spring time, with a focus on life cycles. We are all very excited and looking forward to the arrival of the hen eggs! This will give us a good opportunity to explore changes to the natural world first hand. It is hoped that the eggs will hatch in the first week that they are here. Please feel free to come in, see the eggs and meet our chicks when they have hatched! We are also excited to be able to watch frog spawn change into frogs over the coming weeks!

As always, many more ideas and activities evolve from the childrens excitement, interests and ideas that they discover through the topic and also events that happen in the world around them.

In Reading, we are focussing on non-fiction texts in connection with our Spring theme and we will be learning to label illustrations and write facts about animal life cycles. Another big focus is tricky words. Please check your child’s reading diary for words to learn. This term we have introduced Guided Reading. Children read a copy of the same text in a group. Individual reading is also continuing. Keep reading at home, it really does make a difference to your child’s progress.

In Phonics we are recapping our knowledge of our phase 3 phonemes and moving into phase 4. We are working really hard to blend our phonemes to read longer words. We can now recognise most of our phase 3 tricky words and are beginning to learn our phase 4 tricky words.

We continue to have a high focus on forming letters correctly, please practise them whenever you can.

In Maths we are continuing to focus on touch counting acurately and rote counting forwards and backwards with confidence. We are looking closely at numbers to twenty and how they can be represented in a variety of ways. Reasoning and problem solving has been introduced and we are incredibly proud of the children’s ability to expain why something could represent a certain amount or what we might need to do it to make it represent that amount. We are estimating different amounts and are consolidating simple addition and subtraction problems . We will also be looking at finding out the names of 3d shapes and their properties.

Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress independently at home,  including socks, tights, shoes and coats. Encourage little fingers to fasten up their coats, this is fantastic devlopment for the strength needed for writing.

Please see the ‘Curriculum Plan’ and ‘What To Expect When’ files to get a clear picture of the types of skills we will be developing and exploring as the year continues.

We will also add photographs to our gallery and facebook pages so do keep checking to see what fantastic fun and amazing learning has taken place.


During the afternoon each day we have a fruit or vegetable snack, this is a government initiative where children in the infants have a free piece of fruit or vegetable. We call this session “snack and chat” This time provides a lovely opportunity for the children to sit with their peers and reflect upon the day and enjoy a healthy snack.

Each day children require:

A small healthy snack for morning break only. This may be fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread or toast, half a bagel,

A reusable drink bottle filled with water.

Reading books and diaries.

A coat  (even when it’s not raining as we often go to the woods where it is colder).

A pair of wellies (To be left in school).

A spare set of clothes in case of an accident. (To be left in school).


Useful Links

Useful Websites /Apps to access with your child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8 This is a short video to help you support your child with how to say their letter sounds which will help them with their reading.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/       This has some lovely games to help support our work on phonics. No need to subscribe click on free phonics play on the far right on the webpage.

www.ictgames.com    There are some lovely games on here to support both Literacy Development and Mathematics.

The Cbeebies website




Twinkl 123 count to 20

Forest  phonics

Tricky words

Phonics play

You can read

Useful activities to do with your child at home

Share books and read to your child. Talk about the pictures, characters, events and how they feel about them.

Make the time to introduce new vocabulary when reading stories, visiting new places or experiencing new things.

Make up stories about toys, objects and journeys.

Encourage your child to spot letters, numbers and shapes in the environment.

Encourage your child to apply their blending skills to read words around them.

Count objects and talk about their size

Play dice games.

I spy


Making new Friends and being very busy!

The Owl Babies Feathery Folk Visit