The Carey Federation

Foundation Stage Unit & KS1

Welcome to the Foundation Stage Unit & KS1 (Age 2- 7)

Autumn Term 2023

Welcome to Autumn Term 2023

What a journey!

As well as myself, our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 team consists of Miss May, Mrs Hill and Ms Dannan this term. As a team we rotate teaching and activities so that the children work within their age phases.

Our topic this term is ‘What a Journey’. The younger children will be exploring people who help us, superheroes and festivals. .  Starting the year off, the children have listened to the story The Colour Monster focusing on colour, feelings and emotions.

The children in Key stage 1 will be learning about the Great Fire of London exploring different areas of the curriculum with this as our focus. In Geography we will be learning about different homes and areas that people live in as well as discussing features of our local area. In History we will look at how London City used to be back in 1666 compared to modern times linking to how we can stay safe in our homes. The children will also be finding out about different animals and their habitats.  In Art we will be focusing on collage and drawing skills and we will be creating our own 17th century London city using Design and Technology skills. Alongside our learning we will be celebrating Harvest festival learning a new song to perform.

Enrichment – This term, the children will have dance and music with Mrs Bailey, French with Madam Clark and after half-term Wild tribe.

PE is on Wednesday afternoon, where they will be working on developing functional skills which they will apply to different games.  Please make sure you keep up to date with our school newsletter to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Please send your child with their water bottle every day labelled with their name and in anticipation for the weather worsening, please ensure children bring a coat, hat and gloves on colder days.


You are welcome to send pictures through Class Dojo, to share your child’s achievements from home. These contribute to your child’s assessment and are a vital part of the progress your child will make. This is an opportunity for us to hear about and celebrate your child’s home achievements.


Reading Books

Preschool- they are welcome to change their library books every day.

Reception, Year One and Two- The development of reading is of utmost importance.  Please remember to bring in your reading books and diaries every day. The children need to read 5 times a week and the reading record needs to signed by an adult.



Home learning;

Home learning for KS1 & Reception children will continue to be set via Class Dojo and is set on a Friday. It is often better to do a little but often.   Please continue to read with your child 5 times a week as we have seen great improvements when this is done consistently. Remember, the reading does not need to be the whole book but a page will still benefit. You could also each read a sentence each or read one and repeat it until they feel fluent in their reading.   Once the children have completed RWI they will be able to access Reading buddies which is an online reading system.   Spellings will continue to be RWI words that we using during the week as well as common exception words.  All reception and KS1 children will be using MathSeeds for homework.



I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has been so friendly and welcoming  over the last 2 weeks. Also a massive  well done to all the children who have settled so well this September so far back at school. It has been lovely getting to know everyone and we have had some wonderful lessons together already. I think I have introduced myself to all parents, however if you would like to say hello or would like to discuss anything, please feel free to let a member of staff know and I will get in touch.


Miss Downes and the Foundation Team