The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together


Welcome to Foundation!

Picture 1 Mrs L Williman Class Teacher
Picture 2 Mrs Cobelli Midday Supervisor
Picture 3 Mrs Kurdynowska Teaching Assistant
Picture 4 Miss Page Teaching Assistant
A warm welcome to our year page. If your child is in Foundation please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below.

Classroom code of conduct


This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. We sit sensibly
  2. We work quietly
  3. We play nicely
  4. We share
  5. We help each other
  6. We line up sensibly




For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below. 

This term's topic is 'How does your garden grow?' and 'Minibeasts'.

This term we will be learning about how plants grow and how to care for them. We will be planting seeds and watching them grow and keeping diaries to record the changes. We will be watching tadpoles grow and discuss the life cycle of the frog. We will be hunting for minibeasts and describing, sorting and classifying them. We have a wonderful opportunity to visit a farm to see arrange of animals large and small, do some pond dipping and explore a watermill.


Wild Wood Fridays

This term we continue to explore the Wild Woods providing that we have four parent helpers every week, dates and a sign up sheet will be on the class board. The woods are a wonderful resource for stimulus for literacy and creative work.


Despite the weather turning milder, children still need the following clothing enjoy experiencing the woods fully:

  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof coat
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Lots of layers to keep warm if it is cold
  • Wellington boots
  • Long sleeves to protect arms against nettles and brambles


Waterproof clothing and gloves give children the best protection against stinging nettles and enable them to sit down should they wish to. We will be spending a 2 hour session in the woods followed by exciting activities in class building on their experiences.




This term children will bring home next step goals to learn at home. Please practise with your child at home throughout the week. When a child achieves their next step we celebrate on a Friday by launching their rocket. Next steps will be on a range of subjects such as: handwriting, learning new sounds, reading high frequency words, learning number facts or fastening their coats by themselves. We expect some next steps will take longer than a week to achieve, but once they have returned the reply slip to say that have mastered it we will send a new next step home the following Friday.


Please try to hear your child read as often as you can and record it in their red reading record. Children love a routine, whilst reading daily is ideal, try to choose a time when your child isn't tired. Please keep books and red reading records in bookbags and bring bookbags to school every day. Children will be encouraged to bring home a picture book of their choice to share with you at bedtime. Please don't worry if they choose the same book frequently as young children often enjoy hearing their favourite story again and again!

This term we will continue daily phonics lessons - click the video link below to see and hear correct articulation of the phonemes we're learning.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Activities outside the classroom


Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE activities weekly on a Tuesday and Friday if we are not in the woods.
  • We can store wellington boots in the classroom if you would prefer your child to wear these outside.
  • Wild Wood Fridays - see above.


Classroom activities


We will continue Friday Show and Tell this term. The children of one house (Dahl, Yousafzai, Shakespeare or Curie) are asked to bring in something that they can individually show and talk about to the class. The other children are then invited to ask questions. The 'talk' and questions last about two minutes. This is a very valuable part of the curriculum which helps the children to develop speaking and listening skills. The house whose turn it is that week will be displayed on the communication board outside the classroom. Please help your child to remember to bring something to show and tell. It is also very helpful to your child if they can discuss what they might say at home.