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Foundation Stage

Welcome to Reception at Great Malvern Primary School!


Hello and welcome to the Fabulous Foundation Stage!



At Great Malvern Primary School learning is fun and it all starts in the Foundation Stage classes. At school our motto is 'Learn by doing' and we do a lot!





Spring Term 2018


What an exciting start we have had to the New Year! The children have had so much fun already and we still have lots more to come!

We have enjoyed learning all about 'Changes', taking part in magical science experiments, Chinese food tasting during our Chinese New Year week as well as making some AMAZING dragons at home that are now proudly on display outside the Head Teachers office! What an achievement! 


This second half term is set to be equally exciting with our new topic 'Mini Beasts'.

We are going to be looking at the well known author Eric Carle and his brilliant mini beast books, experimenting with colour mixing, butterfly printing, creepy crawly cooking, fact finding and much more! 







*Rainbow Challenge*


This term we have introduced children to our new Rainbow Challenges and all we can say is WOW! The children have amazed us with their enthusiasm and commitment to completing the challenges and earning their rainbow!

Keep an eye out on our Twitter pages for regular updates and plenty of photos celebrating their achievements. 



If you have any questions or have something you would like to share with us about our topic, please feel free to pop in.



Mrs Lindsey, Mrs Collins, Mrs Lester and the Reception Team




                                           Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

Playing and exploring-engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to 'have a go'


Active Learning-motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically-thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things.






                            How to help your child at home


Independence skills


In Reception we expect the children to go to the toilet on their own, manage their own hygiene and to look after their own things. You could help at home by:


  • Let your child have a try on their own first!
  • Try to put your child in clothes which are easy for them to put on and take off.This is particularly important on P.E days(tights are tricky).
  • Naming all clothes helps your child to find the right ones.
  • Reading

    We want to encourage a love of reading . Try and share a book with your child at bedtime or another times of the day. Your child will  be bringing home a book to share.


  • Visit the library
  • Encourage your child to choose books about things that that interest them. This could be a Superman annual or a Barbie comic. Maybe even information books about Dinosaurs or Space!
  • You could read words anywhere e.g. back of a cereal packet, sign posts, birthday cards

  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy


    We want to encourage a love of number.You can help your child by asking them to help solve problems like how many apples do we need?

  • Sings songs like "Five fat sausages sizzling in the went pop and the other went BANG!" How many sausages are left?
  • Counting every day things.For example,how many number of trees on the way to school, or how many buttons on your cardigan.
  • Show me 5 fingers or give me 4 leaves etc.
  • Get your child to help you cook; measuring ingredients and sharing food out.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World


  • Talk to your child  about what they have done during the day.
  • Encourage your child to understand their past and present for example looking at photos of their families or special events.
  • Talk to your child about their local environment,the places and people around them
  • Physical Development
  • Enjoy going outside
  • Go to the park and have some fun!
  • Explore what your body can do. "How high can you jump?", "How fast can you run?", "How high can you stretch?"
  • Improving smaller movements like pencil grip by using small construction toys or threading beads etc.
  •  Creative Development


  • Get messy - get out the paints, chalks and have some fun!
  • Role play - remember anything can be made into a prop.
  • Imaginative play-cars,trains,dinosaurs etc

                                             Our photo Gallery







Reception Pets

We have 2 bearded dragons called Lizzie and Oliver. 



We have 2 degus called Thor and Loki









Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!


A huge thank you to everyone who supports the Foundation Stage on a daily basis: parents/ carers and the PTFA. The parental support our school receives is simply second to none and it is with your help that we make our school the friendly, caring family that it is.

Thank you

The Foundation Stage Team

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