St Edward's CofE Primary School

St Edward's CofE Primary School

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Welcome to Foundation


Class Teacher - Mrs Dowrick-Kessell

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Collins and Mrs Yates


At St Edward's we are early adopters of the revised EYFS framework, 2020-21.


Under The Early Years Foundation Stage (Exemption from Learning and Development Requirements) and Childcare (Exemption from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Secretary of State for Education grants exemption from the following sections of the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework:

a) The educational programmes under EYFS paragraph 1.5; and

b) The early learning goals set out on pages 10 to 12 of the EYFS; and

c) The requirements set out in paragraph 2.6 to 2.11 of the EYFS relating to Assessments and moderation at the end of the reception year – the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – which requires settings to complete the Profile and submit the same to the local authority.

St Edward's will instead follow in full the EYFS reforms early adopter framework (


Early Years education focuses on seven areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are...
CL         communication and language
PD         physical development
PSED    personal social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are...
L        literacy
M       mathematics
EAD   expressive arts and design
UW    understanding the world


There are 4 key principles that underpin our practice in Foundation are.


A Unique Child   We recognise that all children are different. We identify and celebrate their strengths and support their areas for development.


Positive Relationships   Our pupils interact well with each other and with the adults in the school. We encourage parents to be involved with their child's education.


Enabling Environments   Our indoor and outdoor areas encourage exploration, investigation and independent learning. Our displays and resources are well maintained and reflect current learning.


Learning and Development   Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Learning is playful, practical and purposeful and builds upon prior attainment. Our children enjoy coming to school.



Our PE days are on a Friday. The children will need to wear their PE kits on these days.



All About Me


This term our topic is called 'All About Me'. We will be focusing on the amazing things that make us all unique. Through talking about birthdays, new beginnings, changes and new schools we will be supporting the children to make new relationships and settle into their new school routines. We will be learning through a variety of activities that follow the children's interest and support our school values of courage, respect, kindness and love.



Feedback from Foundation pupils



“It’s so so fun and I love the teachers”

“I like playing in the garden, I like digging”

“I would ask a friend if I got stuck”

“I like maths and learning my numbers”


Remote Learning:  

Useful links to use:



Class login
Username: stedwardsyearf
Password: yearf 


Maths -


Handwriting - letterjoin:   

Username: vt0569

Desktop password: home   tablet swipecode: L shape


Creative play -


Home Learning


Home learning will be given out via Class Dojo on a Friday. Please send any photos you have of completing activities, we love to see them!


Children can change their reading books in the classroom during the morning sessions. Books will then be quarantined for 4 days. 

Our busy morning routine


Every morning the children start the day using a range of skills. These focus tasks can be scissor skills, pencil control, letter formation, counting and phonics.


Dough Disco


To encourage fine motor skills we participate in a Dough Disco session. This helps to strengthen the finger muscles and improve handwriting and pencil control. We do this to music which the children really enjoy.


Healthy Snack


Everyday the children enjoy a healthy snack which consists of milk or water, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, carrots, tomatoes and raisins.


Wake and Shake


Every day the children have a 'Wake and Shake' session. This improves gross motor skills which then supports fine motor skills and helps to develop the children's handwriting.


Helpful Resources

Hungry little minds



Cosmic Kids Yoga  You Tube

Ruth Miskin Training support for parents during school closure

Class login
Username: stedwardsyearf
Password: yearf

Dates for the Diary 2021 - 2022

Term 1: Tuesday 7th September - Friday 22nd October

Half Term: Monday 25th  - Friday 29th October

Term 2: Tuesday 2nd November - Friday 17th December

Non-pupil Day: Monday 1st November


Term 3: Wednesday 5th January - Friday 18th February

Non-pupil day: Tuesday 4th January

Half Term: Monday 21st February - Friday 25th February

Term 4: Monday 28th February - Friday 8th April 


Term 5: Monday 25th April - Friday 27th May

Half Term: Monday 31th May - Friday 3rd June

Term 6: Tuesday 7th June - Tuesday 26th July

Non-pupil Day: Monday 6th June

Further dates to be confirmed by the Office

School Motto

'One family - sharing, caring, learning together'

Mission Statement

Our school's Christian values are the branches of Kindness, Respect and Courage spreading from the main trunk of Love.

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