Welcome to Larch.

Hello and Welcome to Larch. 

In Foundation we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. This covers the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning: Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Our learning environment is carefully planned to ensure it is exciting and stimulating to support these areas of learning.

We understand that all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Much assessment of what children can do in the Early Years Foundation Stage is done through observation and as part of this, attention is paid to each child's 'Characteristics of Learning'.

We will be learning about lots of exciting things this year. Please explore our class page and keep checking back to keep up to date with all the exciting things we will be learning.



Our topic this half term is...


Our topic this term is ‘This is me, who are you?’  We will explore all about our own families and the homes we live in. We are going to be looking at pictures of our family and homes, and creating an art piece of our own house.




Where is the best place to live?


We explored different places all over the world, such as a rainforest, the countryside, the city and even a beach. 




What is out there?

                                                             space                                 whatever

We explored by learning about the differences between Earth and the Moon, space travel and its history and the features of space.


How could a Robot change the world?


We looked at different technology that we might find around our homes and also looked at different materials that a Robot might be made from.



What makes a good book?

We looked at famous authors including Julia Donaldson.



Can we create art?

We explored all about different artists and also explored different resources we can use to create art. Could we only use pencils and paint brushes?




What is a hero?

We explored all about real life heroes such as people in the police, ambulance and fire services. We met some of these people this term.  Are there heroes in the books below?

                                                redriding                                                       jack



How does your garden grow?

We found out about growing, minibeasts, plants, flowers and food, including fruit and vegetables. We discussed favourite food, reading books about plants and flowers, exploring minibeasts we have outside and helping to make meals.  

                                  hungry  jasper  titch



What if dinosaurs lived today?

                                                   dinosaur1                                                             dinosaur2

What do you know about dinosaurs? Do you have any good stories about dinosaurs? Have you seen any dinosaurs? Can you say any dinosaurs’ names? Are you the dinosaur expert in your house? 



How does it work?

This topic involved looking at how things worked.  We investigated!




Is there always a happily ever after?

One story we looked at was ‘The Gingerbread Man', where we had a go at making our own Gingerbread and we didn't let him run away! 

                                                            gingerbread                              3littlepigs



What's your talent?

We explored this theme by learning about different ways and resources we can use to entertain our family and friends. One story we looked at was ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.





Larch have their P.E. sessions every Thursday. We use the hall, so your child will need their P.E. kit so they are able to participate:

- white t-shirt

- black shorts

Home Learning

What Home Learning your child will receive: 
Each half term your child is given their home learning activities. These are activities for your child to share with you and often other members of the family. The challenges will support home and school learning and help your child towards achieving the early learning goals set out in the Early Years curriculum. 
When Home Learning  is to be handed in:
All activities are worth 5 points. Try to aim for 30 points per half term = 1 activity per week (5 extra points for completing at least one activity in every column).  
You could also complete two activities one week and have a break the following week. Either pick activities that are in the same column or simply pick and mix the activities you wish to choose. 
How Home Learning will be marked:
Your child’s learning will be shared and celebrated with their peers and teachers. 
BONUS POINTS: 5 extra points for completing at least one activity in every column.
Colour in the ‘Points Record’ box to show how many points you have scored in total each week.
How much support your child may need:
Please make a comment and share a picture about your completed child’s learning activity on Tapestry.  You can come in with your child on Friday and colour in which activity your child has completed.


Reading at home

We also encourage children to be read with/to for 5-10 minutes a day. In Larch this can be recorded in their reading diary. Remember to send your child’s book bag everyday and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are always ready to listen and help.




Support for parents:

Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage


Letters and Sounds

Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

Language for Life

Hungry Little Minds: Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five




Please continue to send in anything which you think would be useful and is clean for the children to use in junk modelling type activities. Also, used birthday cards have been very useful for cutting practice - thank you!


Please remember that we are here to work with you to give your child the best start at school, so if you have any worries or questions, please come and talk to us.

Thank you for all your support!

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