Mrs Emily McGurk

EYFS Lead, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL
BA (Hons) QTS
Assisted by Mrs Susan Hickman (Teaching Assistant – Nursery)

School to Home

The communication between parents and teachers in the Foundation Unit is key throughout their time with us.

We send a weekly news bulletin for parents to keep informed with the day to day running of the unit.

When the children are able, we will start to send home a small amount of reading and decoding with your child. We ask parents to record any reading that is done at home.

We have an open door policy in the Foundation Unit and parents are free to come and speak to any member of staff where appropriate.

Academic Studies

The children start their journey in Nursery where they are introduced to Jolly Phonics. This is a reading and writing program that continues through to Year 2.

We also introduce the children to numbers and shape recognition. This is continued from Nursery and into Reception. The children use a mixture of hands on games and activities and worksheets to help with their learning.

We follow a topic based curriculum and have a four year program to allow for any children who might be with us from a young age not to repeat topics. We have topic lessons twice a week.

See a copy of the topic planning below.

Foundation Unit Topic Plan

TermYear 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Autumn 1All about MeFarmsHibernating and MigrationGrowth
Autumn 2CelebrationsCelebrationsCelebrationsCelebrations
Spring 1Endangered AnimalsSpaceDinosaursMini Beasts
Spring 2TransportFairy TalesBuildingsSpring
Summer 1PiratesUnder the SeaPeople who Help UsFood and Shopping
Summer 2SummerSuper HeroesVets and PetsSenses

Year 1 / Autumn 1
All about Me

Year 1 / Autumn 2

Year 1 / Spring 1
Endangered Animals

Year 1 / Spring 2

Year 1 / Summer 1

Year 1 / Summer 2

Year 2 / Autumn 1

Year 2 / Autumn 2

Year 2 / Spring 1

Year 2 / Spring 2
Fairy Tales

Year 2 / Summer 1
Under the Sea

Year 2 / Summer 2
Super Heroes

Year 3 / Autumn 1
Hibernating and Migration

Year 3 / Autumn 2

Year 3 / Spring 1

Year 3 / Spring 2

Year 3 / Summer 1
People who Help Us

Year 3 / Summer 2
Vets and Pets

Year 4 / Autumn 1

Year 4 / Autumn 2

Year 4 / Spring 1
Mini Beasts

Year 4 / Spring 2

Year 4 / Summer 1
Food and Shopping

Year 4 / Summer 2