Welcome to the

Foundation Stage



Mr S. Gullett - EYFS Phase Leader/ Class Teacher - FS2G

Mrs Z. Darley - Class Teacher - FS2D

Mrs C. Dawson / Mrs V French - Class Teacher - FS2DF



If you would like to speak to a member of the team please pop into the office to make an appointment or fill in the contact form on the front page of the website.

Alternatively you can contact us by email on- 



Children's learning in the Foundation Stage (EYFS) is supported by a team of teaching assistants (TAs).

Our TAs support in all classes as well as teaching phonics each day.

Mrs I. Kohannova - FS2G

Mrs C. Randall - FS2D

Mrs D. Lockwood - FS2DF


The Foundation Years website includes lots of information about the curriculum as well as advice and resources for parent(s) / carer(s). Clicking on the logo above will take you directly to the website.


Dates for the Diary:

Wednesday 6th September - Start part time

Monday 18th September - Start full time


These are some of the websites that we like to use in school:









Phonics and Literacy



For more information on the teaching of phonics and literacy at Byron click here.





A big focus within the EYFS is having a deep understanding of number. We are supporting the children to count, recognise, match number to quantity and order numbers effortlessly. Recognising quantities without counting; known as subitising and automatically recalling number bonds to 5 and then 10, are also steps within our curriclum to enable the children to gain that deeper understanding of number. 


Physical Education


In the EYFS the children access the outside area on a daily basis. This is achieved through 'freeflow' where the children have the opportunity to move freely throughout the FS classrooms, conservatory and outside area.


We start PE lessons in term 5 where the children will be participating in team games, balancing activities and throwing and catching. This is carried out once a week and provides the children with an opportunity to change into their PE kits.

In term 5 please make sure that the children have the correct kit for their lesson and that it is named:

Indoor PE: shorts, t-shirt and bare feet in the hall

Outdoor PE: shorts, t-shirt and trainers (in warm weather) or jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and trainers (in cold weather).

During all PE lessons, children need to have their hair tied back and earrings removed. It is school policy not to tape over earrings, they must be removed by the children themselves or by an adult prior to the children starting school that morning, adults in school cannot help them with this.

Our Unit of Work for Term 4 and 5

How do things grow?

All living things grow

As we get older we grow and change.  We can see some changes as they happen quickly but others take much longer.  During terms 4 and 5 we will find out about lots of growing.


We will be having Caterpillars delivered during Term five and we will then spend time observing the caterpillars as they grow and change- these are changes that happen over time and they become beautiful butterflies.


Healthy Living

We find out about what we need to eat and drink and the activity we need to take part in to stay healthy.  We learn about 5-a-day – eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, we design a healthy lunch box and take part in exercise including yoga.  CH&Co, our catering company will deliver a healthy eating workshop. 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar / Butterflies

We read Eric Carle’s story the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We sequence the story and talk about the changes that take place as the caterpillar eats some very unhealthy and healthy food.

We then have caterpillars in the classroom (in a special caterpillar tent) to observe.  We feed them nettles and sugar water and watch as the caterpillars form a  chrysalis / cocoon from which butterflies emerge.  We then release the butterflies in the garden of our playground.


Plant Growth

We explore the stories of Jasper’s beanstalk and Jack and the beanstalk.  We plant beans and examine the lifecycle of a plant.  We sequence pictures to show our understanding.  We enjoy role play and learn to say the words ‘fee, fi, fo, fum!’ in a giant’s voice.



We cover the concepts of day and night and how they are different.  We find out about nocturnal animals – those animals that are awake at night.  We find out about similarities and differences between us and our family and friends.



chrysalis / cocoon

The hard case that a caterpillar builds around itself when changing into a butterfly


To change in size or shape


A sharp tooth on a bird’s beak that they use to peck their way out of the shell


To be free of disease and able to grow and develop


A heated box which is used to keep eggs warm while they hatch


Active at night


A living thing that grows in the earth


Suggested books

Why not try reading one of the following books below linked to our new topic:

- The Very Hungry Caterpillar

- Jasper’s beanstalk

- Jack and the beanstalk

- The Enormous Turnip

- WOW said the Owl

- Owl babies

- Elmer the Elephant



We will be continuing RWI lessons, moving into our new groups, recapping the initial Set 1 sounds and saying them speedily. We will also be learning how to write the letters accurately using the correct pencil grip and sitting position and the different handwriting phrases. 

Please remember to check your child's contact book every day for information and messages. Each week there will be a sticker in there that tells you what will be happening and what learning will be taking place in the classroom.