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In the Foundation Stage at St. Joseph's, the children are taught to share and care about others reflecting the Catholic values in our school mission statement. Our dedicated Early Years team provide a happy, caring, secure learning environment where your child will flourish. 



Term 3 - Traditional Tales

This term we are learning about traditional tales such as:

  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Jack and the Bean Stalk
  • 3 Billy Goats Gruff
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Ginger Bread Man
  • The 3 Little Pigs

and lots more...

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We have started our work on Traditional Tales this week by reading the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’  The children have been learning about size and we have introduced the terms: big, medium and small.  We used the bears in our new cottage to match different sized bowls to Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear.  The children particularly enjoyed working in pairs to play a game on the computer, matching different sized foods to a big and small bear.  On Friday we decided to make our own porridge for snack time, the children were able to remember all of the ingredients and helped to make their own bowl of porridge.  Luckily Goldilocks didn't eat our porridge!


Can your child find a big and a small teddy at home?

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Term 2 - Festivals and Celebrations


This term we are learning about different types of festivals and celebrations which take place in different communities at this time of year.  We will be learning about Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Baptism, Advent and Christmas.




Celebrating Christmas


This week our Nursery and Reception classes had a Christmas party. The children enjoyed playing pass the parcel and dancing to festive tunes.  After, we sat down together to enjoy some party food.  Whilst we were eating, we heard some jingle bells and a knock at the door... It was Father Christmas!  We sang songs with him and then he gave everyone a present.


The next day, we were treated to a special Christmas dinner.  The Nursery children ate together with their teachers and pulled lots of Christmas crackers!



Here are some wonderful pictures of Nursery and Reception in our fabulous production of 'The Sleepy Shepherd' which we performed on Tuesday.  The children have been working very hard to learn all of the songs and the actions. On the day the children performed amazingly, we are VERY proud of them all.


Well Done!



This week we have continued our work on ‘what it is to welcome and be welcomed’.  We have learnt a new welcome song and each child has drawn a self-portrait for our door to welcome visitors into our class.  On Monday we visited our church, St Joseph’s, to talk about baptism.  We saw the holy water in the font and the Easter candle from which our own baptism candles are lit.  Nursery have also enjoyed learning about different members of the family with Mrs Tyrrell.  Come and see our lovely family pictures in our classroom. 

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea


This week Nursery have been learning about the letter sound 't'.  The children have enjoyed listening to the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and we had a surprise visit from Terry the tiger!  We have been practising counting different amounts from 0 to 5 by feeding lots of hungry tigers.  On Friday afternoon we hosted our very own tea party for Terry, we drank cups of tea and ate teacakes.  






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This week Mrs Ormrod has set up a church in our classroom for the children to explore.  We have discussed Baptism and how it is a way of welcoming children in to God’s family.  Together with the Reception class, we have acted out this special celebration in our new church area.

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Rememberance Day


This week we have been learning about Remembrance Day.  We enjoyed a circle time session where we talked about how different people help us, from our friends to nurses and doctors.  We also sat together to have one minute silence to think about these special people.  The children then drew fantastic pictures of the people who are important to them.  They have also made poppy finger paintings where the children have practised counting to 4.


Bonfire Night


We have been learning about the celebration; Bonfire Night. We heard the story of Guy Fawkes and learnt why we celebrate on the 5th of November. The children enjoyed creating their own firework displays using playdough. They also made chocolate apples, sparklers and hot chocolate. The Nursery and Reception classes enjoyed their tasty treats in front of our very own bonfire! 



Pumpkin Soup

In Nursery one of our favourite stories is called Pumpkin Soup, so today we decided to make some. 

We began by going out to our allotment and picking the biggest pumpkin! We then cut the pumpkin in half and spoke about what we found. 


With the help of Mrs Shaw we cut the pumpkin in to small pieces and  put them in the pot for cooking along with some celery and onion. Mrs Shaw  added some stock cubes and boiling water then we left it to cook for a long time. When it was ready Mrs Ormrod blended it all together to make a nice smooth soup. 

Term 1

During the first two weeks of school we have been really busy settling in to Nursery, exploring our classroom and making lots of new friends. 



Breakfast and A Book 


Thank you to everyone who came to our first Breakfast and a Book session, it was a great success!

In Nursery we love sharing books and this morning we showed our friends and family that we don't just read books in Nursery. We use them to help us act out stories, to create our own version of stories, to find out information about our favourite topics then use this in our play, to teach us nursery rhymes, help us count and sometimes we love to sit down and be transported to another world whilst listening to a wonderful story. 


We decided to go for a walk to explore the wonderful school grounds. 

We began in the Allotment where we saw some Poppy’s and some HUGE sunflowers. 

Then we continued in to the Orchard where we found lots of different types of apples growing on the trees, some had fallen on the floor. We all picked up lots of different apples and put them in baskets to take back to class. 

We then walk towards the wooded area to have a look at the Autumn leaves. We each looked for a yellow leaf then a brown leaf then a green leaf. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any that we red or orange. 

We finished our walk with a trip to Mary's Garden where we learnt about Mary being Jesus's Mother. 

Everyone was very tired by the time we returned to class!



Macmillan Coffee Morning

 The children baked some chocolate chip cookies for our Tea Party for the Macmillan Nurses, we all put a donation in the box then sat down to enjoy cookies and milk.  

 We spoke about how Nurses look after people who are poorly.



Phonics and Reading Workshop


We would like to thank all the people who were able to some to our reading work shop this week.

Below is our promise to you and your children and yours to us. 


We Will...


•Teach your child phonics daily
•Build your child’s confidence in reading and writing
•Keep you informed of your child’s progress
•Send home newsletters to let you know what we have been learning


You will... 


•Read Daily with your child
•Build your child’s confidence in reading and writing
•Keep us informed of your child’s progress- our door is always open
•Practise recognising sounds we are learning in school 


Click the link below to see the correct pronunciation of all the letter sounds. (remember U is the southern pronunciation)



If you would like any more support or have any questions about phonics and early reading please come and speak to us.



Carrot Soup 


In Nursery we have been exploring our lovely garden, on Thursday we found some carrots growing in the allotment. So we decided to pick them! 

Whilst picking them we spoke about how some were small and some were big. We sorted them in to different sizes then counted the groups. 

On Friday we carefully sliced the carrots and made carrot soup. In the afternoon we tried it, some liked it more than others!
















Rosh Hashanah

On Monday we learnt about Rosh Hashanah. We joined together with Reception to listen to what they had learnt about in Assembly that morning. They told us Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish Festival and it is their New Year celebration, it means 'head the year'. 

At Rosh Hashanah Jewish people eat platted bread, so we decided to make some of our own to share at our celebration in the afternoon. We also found out that Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey to make their new year sweet so we tried some of this as well. It was delicious!


Going on a Bear Hunt 

We have all really enjoyed listening to the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' so Mrs Ormrod decided to make our own big bear hunt in the classroom. 

We had a fantastic time Acting out all the different parts, especially the Squelching mud (which actually squleched!)

We have also made a small world bear hunt and been outside recreating the story of the bear hunt, see if you can spot who is pretending to be the bear!


5 Currant Buns 

In Nursery we have learning lots of new songs, one of our favourite is 5 Currant Buns. 

We decided to make our own bakers shop with currant buns and pennys. 

Then we took it in turns to dress up as the baker and sing the song.

We then decided to make some playdough currant buns. We made play dough as normal then added currants and red pompom to be the cherry’s on the top.

Next we decided we needed to make our own currant buns, that we could eat. 

First we washed our hands because we don’t want germs.

Then we helped Mrs Shaw read the ingredients and made sure we had everything we needed. We weighed the ingredients on the weighing scales then helped mixed them together in a big bowl.

When they were cool we iced the buns and put a cherry on the top.