Foundation Stage

Miss C Meakin

Miss C Meakin

Reception Teacher

Miss N Barnett

Miss N Barnett

Early Years Educator

Mrs L Aguayo

Mrs L Aguayo

Nursery Teacher

Miss J Gibbs

Miss J Gibbs

Cover Supervisor

Miss J Bates

Miss J Bates

Teaching Assistant

Home Learning for Foundation Stage

Summer Term

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe!

It has been so lovely to hear from so many of you on Tapestry. You are all doing such a great job with home learning and it has been wonderful to be a part of your amazing experiences at home by seeing photographs and videos. Please keep sharing your wonderful learning at home! Tapestry has been a great way to keep in touch with you all.

Lots of you have been doing the ideas and activities that we have suggested and lots of you have been creating your own too, which is fantastic! We have had nature walks, plank challenges, taste test challenges, sound feeding monsters, robot challenges, cooking challenges and more! It has been great to share the learning that you have done with other families (with your permission), so please keep sharing your fantastic ideas!

We will continue to use Tapestry to share further ideas and activities for your children at home, so please keep checking. There is a new scheduling feature, which means all of our videos and activities will be available everyday at 9 a.m. You can watch and do these as often as you would like! There may be extra ideas throughout the day too.


The DfE are doing daily letters and sounds videos for Reception children. There are three types of videos to support children depending on what phase they are working at. If children are working at phase 2, there are ‘learning to blend’ videos. For children working at phase 3 and phase 4, there are ‘Reception’ videos. For those children working at phase 5, you will find videos in year one. The YouTube link is below:


We will continue to share our own letters and sounds videos on Tapestry. I hope you have enjoyed our interactive sessions!


If you have forgotten your login details, need further support with uploading photographs or videos on Tapestry, or would like advice or to ask me anything else, please contact me via email.


Please stay safe and take care.

Christina Meakin

Welcome to Foundation Stage

Welcome to foundation stage, a nurturing environment where children can learn and reach their full potential.  Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s learning so that together we can provide a solid foundation and achieve the best possible outcomes.

The children are engaged in enquiry based, project style learning which will evolve as they initiate ideas and ask questions of others. The children will be using lots of natural resources to support their projects.

The areas are the Piazza, where we gather to talk with our friends, the Block Area, the Workshop Outside Area which we use all year round.

odule Advanced settings.

On entry to Foundation Stage children will start in Busy Bees group and as they make progress they will move on to Butterflies and ultimately Ladybirds. The Early Years Foundation Stage Development matters document (2012) states, ‘childrenare born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process’. At John Randall, we believe that this is key to recognising the uniqueness of your child and their individual learning journey and therefore children progress through our Foundation Stage at their own pace.

Recently we have had an author visit which the children enjoyed very much.

You can find the nursery prospectus and registration form in the documents below. Or alternatively, please contact the school office if you would like further information or to arrange a visit. We look forward to seeing you and your child. 

We run a Parent and Toddler group every Wednesday morning from 9.10-10.10. Babies and toddlers are welcome to come along to play, meet other children and get to used to being in a nursery environment. There are always lots of lovely activities available and Nikki, our experienced nursery nurse is always on hand to support parents and children. The sessions are free and there is no need to book a place, just turn up! When you arrive go through the green gate, onto the playground and across to the foundation stage building. Alternatively pop into the school office and they will be happy to show you where to go. We look forward to seeing you!


Tidying up is Fun!

When we are tidying up we like to sing the tidy up rumba song. You might like to try it at home.


Letters and Sounds!

We love to sing! It even helps us to learn to read! Click here to join in with the songs that help us to remember the letters and sounds of the alphabet.


Computer Skills!

Here are some games to play using the space bar or arrow keys:
Planting and Growing 1
Planting and Growing 2
Planting and Growing 3
Planting and Growing 4


Ladybirds Love Reading!

Try to encourage your child to read at home on a regular basis.The children can change their books as often as they like. We would be grateful if you could write a short comment in their reading record book about whether or not they enjoyed the book and how independent they were at reading it. This way we are able to provide books that are of interest to your child and books that will continue to challenge children with new words and sounds. The children will then be asked to come and choose a new book with Mrs Hodson.
Your child will be rewarded for reading at home and presented with a reward in our celebration assembly on a Friday.


Word Tins

Ladybirds have word tins alongside their reading book in their book bag. Inside the word tins are the ‘high frequency’ words that children will come across frequently when reading and writing. We would be grateful if you could learn these high frequency words with the children. Children are encouraged to learn these words by sight, flash cards are helpful in learning these words in short ten minute sessions. Children will be given five high frequency words at a time to learn. When you are happy that your child knows their high frequency words, please let us know and we can provide them with the next set of words.

Reading at Home

Please encourage your child to read as often as possible at home.

Your child should aim to change their book at least once a week.

Children often like to read their favourite book from home and this can also be recorded in the home reading record.

Here are some suggestions of how you can help you child with their reading.


John Randall Primary School

Queen Street, Madeley
Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4DS

01952 388390