Foundation Stage

Miss Keyworth

Miss Keyworth

Reception Teacher

Miss N Barnett

Miss N Barnett

Early Years Educator

Miss J Skeates

Miss J Skeates

Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Downes

Mrs A Downes

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Foundation Stage!

In the EYFS at John Randall, we put children at the very heart of all that we do. Our building blocks for learning are built upon positive, authentic relationships with our children and families which enables our learners to thrive and to become life-long learners.

Our progressive approach to learning is underpinned by developing early reading, communication, and literacy skills using quality core texts as well as excellent opportunities for talk and is also inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning by enabling children to communicate and express themselves through their own artistic ‘languages’.

We aim to enable young children to be ‘ready, respectful and safe’ in all that they do so that they are prepared and armed with the resources that they need to succeed and flourish during their school years and beyond.


If your emotions feel all mixed up or you often have feelings that make you feel bad, talk to a trusted adult – they can help you find the right support. If your worried childline is there to listen:

Please click on the link below to see our Nursery Prospectus and the Registration form that you will need to complete to apply for a place.

Nursery Prospectus

Nursery Registration Form

Roald Dahl Day

In Nursery children shared ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ for our Roald Dahl day. Everyone made crocodiles with dough and loose parts and we wrote character descriptions about the crocodile.


Reception have really begun to settle into their new school life. We have particularly enjoyed the music assembly last week where lots of us couldn’t help but dance!


Remembrance Sunday

As part of Remembrance Day Nursery made soldiers using wooden pegs.


Beautiful collaboration using loose parts, part of our current learning g about Diwali.

Autumn delights

As part of our focus on Autumn, we went on a woodland walk, found woodlice and collected Autumn treasure to sort at nursery.


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Tree Project

Across different points in the year, children have been observing the trees around us in school. We began the year by asking the children what they knew about trees and then asking us to draw a tree. Most of the original pictures showed some simple lines without much detail.

Over the previous half term, we began to look at different types of trees and using watercolours and pencils, children represented the trees that they were interested in. Below are some examples of the beautiful works of art that the children have created.

More recently, we have taken children to visit two of the larger trees on our playground to learn more about them. Children had the chance to take a close-up look at the texture of the bark on the tree’s and have a go at recording what this looked like.

 Vocabulary: trunk, branches, roots, buds, bark, texture.

 Creative question’s for home:

-Why do you think a tree trunk is so thick?

-Why do the leaves fall off trees? How do they grow back again?

-Tell me what you notice about this tree?

-Does a tree have feelings?

-How does a tree grow?

-Why do trees grow where they are?

Please find some of the beautiful artwork from our recent ‘Eye Project’.

We had been focussing on observational drawings and representing what we can see. We looked in close detail at some photographs of eyes and recorded what we noticed using watercolour paints. The children were all excellent at clearly explaining their thoughts, ideas and opinions about why eyes are different and what the different parts of the eye are for.

Well done, Reception!

Sports Day

Please take a look at our Sports Day video, we have put a selection of pictures up from the day for you to enjoy.

The children worked so hard and were having lots of fun too, we hope you enjoy them. Click Here