Ladybirds Foundation Stage (reception and nursery)

Welcome to Ladybird's Foundation Stage 


Hello and a very warm welcome from The Ladybirds class! We are a Foundation Stage class made up of Nursery and Reception children. We are taught by Mrs Castle and Mrs Cooper, along with Miss Lucy and Miss Zoe

We are lucky to have a fantastic classroom space including multiple outdoor areas, enabling us to explore and learn through our play. Our environment evolves and develops, underpinned by our magical 'WOW moments', and alongside the children's interests to ensure we are happy, confident and curious learners. Playful learning experiences are planned at key times of the day which help us to expand and consolidate our knowledge. In school we support all our children to develop their skills in becoming curious, independent, resilient, collaborative and reflective in all they do (our five key learning dispositions). Our children are encouraged to see mistakes as opportunities to learn and to thrive when challenged. 


We are currently learning about plants and new life.


 During our 'WOW moment', we were very excited when our magic wand brought us a magic beanstalk! We planted seeds and cant wait to find out what they grow into. 

Our magic wand set us lots of challenges to set us off on our new learning. 


We are excited to see where our learning journey takes us!



Please see our Dojo page to find out what our Makaton sign of the week is and our rhyme of the week. 



Nursery session times: 


Our nursery welcomes children from 2 years old.

We are now open 5 days per week Monday - Friday 8:45 am to 3:15 pm term -time only. Breakfast club is optional. 




All Pre-school aged children receive 15 hours FREE funding from the term after they are 3 years old.
(Parent's who work over 16 hours a week may be eligible for 30 hours funding)
and funding is also available for some 2 year olds (please ask for further information). Sessions are available for all children over 2 years old, please enquire about eligability. 

Nursery children staying for lunch can either bring in their own packed lunch or have a paid hot school dinner, eaten within the classroom.

If you would like more information about your child starting with us, please feel free to contact the school who will be help.

We look forward to welcoming you






Our Learning 

Please find below:
Reception Curriculum Map 22-23
Nursery Curriculum Map 22-23
Long Term Overview 22-23
Trust EYFS Policy (ADMAT)
Trust EYFS into Year 1 Transition Policy
Reception Baseline Assessments 2022
 Class Dojo
We use Class Dojo as our main communication platform between school and home, engaging with private messages, class/whole-school stories and sharing our learning through personal portfolios.
If you have a login, please have a look to see what we are up to in class: 
Parents will receive an invitation, via email, to join your child's assigned class once your child is enrolled at our school.
Phonics is a big part of our early years curriculum and we have fun phonics sessions everyday. We want your child to develop a love of reading which is why we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This starts with Phase 1 activities in Nursery and progresses through to Phase 5. We teach the children simple ways of remembering sounds and letters through the use of rhymes, pictures and games. Your child will bring home books linked to the sounds, and then further down the line, texts that we read in class. 
Supporting your child with their reading 

We feel it is very important to keep you up to date with what your children are learning in phonics and how best to support them with their reading. At the end of every half-term we would like to invite you into your child's classroom at the end of the school day, for 10-20 minutes, where we can show you the new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (sounds) your children are learning, how to pronounce these and how we teach children to blend words. We will also let you know, the new tricky words the children will be going on to learn. 


We hope that this will be useful for you to be able to further support your child with their reading at home.

You can support your child through their Little Wandle  journey by listening to them read every night at home even if it is just for 10minutes,  and recording it in their reading record. 

In Early Years Foundation Stage, you will find 2 books in your child's bookbag: 


A "reading practice" book: this will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

  • This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
  • Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to  them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

A library book.: your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

  • In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
  • Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun.
Below, there is a further range of PDF documents and useful websites, which can aid home learning and provide ways in which parents can support their child's learning at home:
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