The Carey Federation

Foundation Stage Unit & KS1

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

Fledglings, Tadpoles, Caterpillars and Hoglets


Autumn term 2021

What a Journey!

Welcome back to the start of the new school year!


It has been a super start to the term with all our children settling back  into learning quickly.  Our groupings are:

Fledglings: (2-4 year olds)

Tadpoles (Year Reception)

Caterpillars (Year 1) and

Hoglets (Year 2)

As well as myself, our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 team consists of Mrs Barrett and Miss May.

As a team we rotate teaching and activities so that the children work within their age phases.

If you would like to see how your child/children learn in the FSU & KS1,   please feel free to make an appointment with the office and come and join us for a taster session.

This term our over arching theme is ‘What a journey!’  Fledglings will be exploring where they travel,   Tadpoles will be thinking about where they live,  and exploring the wider world.  They will also be finding out about a variety of people who help us.  We will also be thinking about the journeys that we make through life and how we as animals develop through different stages  from babies through to adulthood.    Caterpillars and Hoglets will be finding out about the significant event of the Great fire of London.  and finding out about the  Jewish festival of Sukkot.


This term PE kits will be needs on Tuesday and Wednesdays.  Please feel free to leave the kit in school.  On Tuesday afternoon, there will be French, where the children will be introducing themselves, learning to count and their colours.  This half term they will also have tag rugby with Mr Robinson from Arena.    PE will be on Wednesday afternoon as usual with Mr Hayler.     On Friday mornings the children  will need boots and waterproofs for a Wild Tribe session with Mrs Midwinter.  This term they will retelling traditional tales and the older children will be looking and similarities and differences between different traditional tales.


Homework will be set via Class Dojo on Thursday each week. Please return via Class Dojo by the following Thursday.

For Tadpoles. Read, Write Inc. (RWI)  phonic sheets will be sent home to consolidate the sounds that we have been learning in class.  They will also have the opportunity to practise a Maths skill.

For the older children (Caterpillars & Hoglets)  there will be weekly spellings which are linked to the phonics in their reading books.  A piece of Maths, which is consolidating a concept that we have been working on in Class.   Sometimes there may be a piece of topic work.   As a Federation we ask for you to hear your child read at least 5 times each week.  Reading is really important and feeds into all other areas of life.   Sometimes the children may need to practise reading sentences or paragraphs to develop speed or fluency, rather than reading the whole book. It is this practice that develops reading skills.   If the children are able to read regularly and talk about what they have read regularly at home, it can have a huge impact on their progress and learning. Developing a regular reading routine is really important.   This can be for as little as 5-10 minutes per day.  Please continue to write in their diaries when they have read, as it really helps us to support the children.   The children will also bring home a RWI book bag book and we will be changing library books on Mondays and Thursdays.

The happiness of the children is paramount, if you have questions or concerns please come to discuss.

Mrs Cawsey


Class timetables 2021 – 2022

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