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FOUNDATION STAGE OPEN WEEK 20th - 24th Nov between 9.30 - 11.00 + 1.00 - 2.30

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Nursery places are currently available for our fantastic provision.

This is managed by fully qualified teacher, Mrs Holmes, (MEd) and taught by fully qualified teacher Miss Brennan (BA with QTS) and two highly experienced NNEBS, one of whom has a foundation degree in Early Years. 

Children may join us from their 3rd birthday. 

We offer 15 and 30 hour funding for 3 and 4 year olds and additional paid places if required.

Please come and visit our fantastic Foundation Stage environment during our open week between 9.30 - 11.00 and 1.00 - 2.30. We would love to see you! 

September 2023...a very warm welcome to Burnley Road Academy Foundation Stage!


Autumn 1 2023 - Look at me!

Our favourite topic to get to know each other! We have had a great time settling in and learning our rules and routines. We have learnt about ourselves, our bodies, our features, our likes and dislikes and our families. We love exploring our provision inside and outside and we are making lots of friends. We have also learnt all about Autumn and the changes that occur during this time. Our favourite story is 'The leaf thief'.
We have enjoyed a visit from Dave at Skip2bit to practise our dance and skipping skills. We have also had Laura (pupil parent) in to teach us a fantastic dance based on animals in the jungle. 
Our forest school sessions have been fun and we love exploring our fantastic woodland areas. 
At the end of the half term we enjoyed celebrating Halloween and definitely had a spooctacular time!
Have a look at the pictures below of us playing, learning and growing together, at Burnley Road!

A visit from Ian's Mobile Farm May 2023

What a 'farmtastic' day we had! The children loved meeting all the animals and were so excited! Ian told them lots of information about them and how to care for them. Meg the sheepdog was a special favourite!
In the afternoon, the children took part in a carousel of 6 activities around the farm theme. They made sheep biscuits, collected eggs from the chicken coop, made their own chicken paper plates, 'milked' cows, took part in welly wanging and apple bobbing and hunted for vegetables on the grass. 
The children enjoyed eating their lunch outside like a picnic and finished the day with an ice cream treat from the ice cream van! 

Spring 2 2023 - Under the sea!

Look at our wonderful under the sea display! We have loved learning about the layers of the ocean and lots of facts about the different sea creatures. We have read lots of fiction and non-fiction books and particularly enjoyed learning how to keep our oceans clean and safe by recycling and getting rid of our rubbish properly. 

Autumn 1 2022 - I am special, I am me!

Autumn 1!
This half term is always busy! We are settling in well and learning all the rules and routines of our wonderful classroom. The children are practising lots of skills such as listening, tidying up, sharing and turn-taking. 
Our topic is 'I am special, I am me!'
We have painted self-portraits, looking carefully at what makes us unique such as our eye colour and hair colour. We have also made some lovely family pictures and enjoyed talking with our friends about who is in our family. 
We are also learning all about autumn and the changes that occur during this season. We are enjoying collecting yellow, brown, red and orange leaves and finding conkers and acorns. We are learning about what some of the animals do in the autumn such as squirrels, hedgehogs and geese. We are reading autumn stories and learning some lovely autumn songs. Take a look at our lovely autumn displays in the pictures.  

Autumn 2 2023 - Let's celebrate!

A very exciting time of year! 
We have enjoyed celebrating bonfire night by talking about our experiences, creating art work of bonfires and fireworks and listening to stories. 
We also marked Remembrance Day by making our own poppies to wear and watching this beautiful animation to support our understanding of the wars https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/poppies 

We have celebrated the Hindu festival Diwali which we know is the festival of light. We made beautiful Diva lamps, firework pictures and Rangoli patterns. This episode from JoJo and Gran gran was very helpful https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001dhdl/jojo-gran-gran-series-2-autumn-1-its-time-to-celebrate-diwali

We are enjoying practicing our Christmas play 'Shine star, shine!'

Summer 2 2023 - Once upon a time...

Traditional tales! The children learntsome very popular traditional tales, retelold the stories, performed puppet shows, made story maps, attended Burnley Road theatre and they created some wonderful art work. 

Summer 1 2023 - Everybody out!

Spring time, Easter, life cycles of animals and plants, exploring the natural world, minibeasts, planting and caring for our outdoor area.
We also celebrated the Coronation of King Charles!

 Take a look at some of the fun we had below!

Spring 1 2023 - Happy and healthy!

This half term our topic is 'Happy and Healthy'. We will be looking at lots of different things that we can do to keep ourselves healthy including our diet, personal hygiene nad exercise. We will use some brilliant 'mixed up fairytales' to support our understanding. These include 'Eat your greens, Goldilocks', 'Give us a smile, Cinderella', 'Stinky Jack and the beanstalk', 'Keep running Gingerbread Man', 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, wash your hair!' and 'Blow your nose, Big Bad Wolf.' We will also be thinking about how we can keep ourselves and others around us happy.
We are celebrating Chinese New Year too! This year it is the year of the rabbit! We will make our own rabbit hand puppets, Chinese lanterns and practise some Chinese writing. We will also taste some Chinese food and enjoy learning all about the celebrations, including the dragon parade!

Autumn 2 2022 - What a wonderful world!

This is one of our favourite topics! This half term we will look at a globe and explore different parts of our wonderful world! We will begin with England and then move onto hot, dry, cold and wet climates e.g. deserts, rainforests and Arctic/Antarctica. During this topic we will look at similarities and differences in weather, homes, animals and much more. 

We loved exploring the changes that occur during Autumn and made a lovely display with 'leaf owls', Autumn trees, squirrels and hedgehogs.

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Summer 1 2022 - In my imagination

This topic was definitely a favourite! We looked at all things adventure and fantasy and had lots of fun letting our our imaginations run wild!
Our focuses were magic (wizards and witches), turrets and tiaras (kinghts, dragons, princes and princesses), superheroes, and aliens and monsters!
We have also had a brilliant trip to the fire station in Mytholmroyd. We had a tour of the station and the fire engine and we looked at their uniform and the different equipment they use. We even got chance to have a go at using the hose pipe! 

Spring 2 2022 - Down on the farm

We have absolutely loved our topic 'Down on the farm'. We learnt about farm animals including their characteristics, their different names, what they like to eat, their young and the produce we can get from them such as eggs, milk and wool. We have looked at the job of a farmer and the vehichles and equipment they use. They have so much to do and work very hard! We created some fabulous art work which is on display in our classroom and we learnt some new songs. We have also looked at life cycles and been very lucky to have our own chick eggs, caterpillars and frog spwan. We have planted our own beans to take home and care for and planted sunflowers during forest school. Have a look at a few photos from all the fun below! 

Spring 1 2022 - People who help us

We are very excited about our topic this half term. We started by having a talk about all the different types of people we know who help us. We had some great ideas such as police, shop assisstants, our parents, teachers, doctors, bus drivers and dinner ladies. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about fire fighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, dentists and police so far and have been lucky enough to have some fabulous visitors to tell us all about their jobs and how they help people. 
We had a fantastic week celebrating Chinese New Year and the year of the tiger. We now know all about how it is celebrated! We have made lanterns, had a go at Chinese writing, made tigers, role played in our Chinese restaurant, tasted Chinese food and learnt and retold the story of the Zodiac. 

Fine motor Monday and Friday!

We have introduced fine motor Monday and Friday to our timetable. We provide the children with exciting, well-planned  activities to develop their fine motor strength and pencil grip to prepare them for writing. 

Power of Reading - The Naughty Bus


Just when you thought one would never come along...
The children thoroughly enjoyed this story and the naughty bus even paid us a visit! We took the bus on lots of adventures, drew maps, role played, retold the story and even created our own buses at the modelling area. 

Maths Week 2021

On Friday 12th November we celebrated Maths Week! Our children made a fantastic effort dressing up as something Maths related and engaged in lots of Maths based activities. We are huge fans of the Numberblocks, do you think we could pass as them!?


Remembrance Day

The children made poppies to remember the fallen soldiers and held a minute silence. This beautiful animation sees war as experiences by animals in a WW1 battlefield and really helped with their understanding and empathy

Summer 2 2022 - Our last half term!

This half term we are enjoying our last weeks together and making sure we are prepared for the transitions to our new classes. We are very excited! We are also enjoying lots of fantastic stories which are providing many fun activities. We had a super sports day where ALL the children tried their best, cheered their friends on, joined in and most importantly, had fun! 

Science week!

What a fantastic week we had! The children were turned into Scientists and took part in numerous experiments throughout the week including floating and sinking, 'shaving foam rainbow rain clouds', 'jumping cereal' and 'dancing, colour changing milk.' We also took part in our whole school experiment 'can larger hands pick up more sweets?' 

Pancake Day!

We learnt all about Pancake Day and how it is also known as Shrove Tuesday. We know the ingredients needed to make pancakes and absolutely loved the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes'. We made paper pancake faces and pretended to make our own in the playdough. The best part was of course eating our own with a yummy topping!

We are also really looking forward to our forest school activities this half term. We will start each session with breathing and stretching and then our focus will be 'imaginative play in forest activities'. We will do lots of exploring of our wonderful woodland areas, developing our confidence and independence. We are going to take our teddies on a journey through the woodland. What adventures will they have? We will also use ingredients and follow instructions to make our own natural playdough which we will use to make woodland creatures that live in the forest! 


Autumn 2 2021 - Let's celebrate!

This half term our topic is 'Let's celebrate!' 
We will start by talking about Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night, using videos, poems, stories and pictures to find out key facts and how these special events are celebrated. We will then learn and talk about other celebrations such as birthdays, weddings and of course Christmas! 

Halloween 2021

We had a fantastic time celebrating Halloween early at the end of last half term. The classroom was very spooky and the children enjoyed making potions, spiders and yummy chocolate apples! They also practised their fine motor skills by hammering nails into pumpkins and used playdough to make Halloween shapes. We all dressed up and had a spooktacular day! 


We love our woodland area and Forest School sessions. How lucky are we to have the canal on our doorstep!


Christmas 2021!

We are busy practising for our Christmas show...'Our first Christmas play'. We cannot wait to perform it! We are also looking forward to our Christmas party and hopefully a special visitor! The children are busy making lots of lovely Christmas crafts and have been helping to make our classoom feel festive in our special Christmas area. 


September 2021. Marvellous me!

This half term it's all about the children settling in and adapting to the routines and class rules. We will be focusing on independence skills and developing confidence. We will spend time talking about ourselves and how we are all different to each other. We will also talk about our families, our interests and our likes and dislikes.

Summer 2 2021 - Everybody out!

Our final topic of the school year! We will be taking a closer look at our environment, exploring living things, looking at life cycles, learning new facts, looking at growth and decay and how to care for plants. Of course we will be getting up close and personal with minibeasts too! The children will be planting their own seeds and will help to look after our outdoor area. They will be introduced to new vocabulary and books, including fiction and non-fiction. We have already planted sunflower seeds and we love caring for them and checking for any changes! 



Summer 1 2021 - Once upon a time...

Prepare for lots of stories with this opener! 
The children will be focusing mainly on traditional tales such as The gingerbread man, The three little Pigs, Goldilocks and the three bears etc. They will look at how these stories are structured, the characters, settings and plot. They will be able to join in with repeated parts of the story and retell the stories using puppets and story maps/mountains. 

Autumn 2 2020 - What a wonderful world!

This is one of our favourite topics! This half term we will look at a globe and explore different parts of our wonderful world! We will begin with England and then move onto hot, dry, cold and wet climates e.g. deserts, rainforests and Arctic/Antarctica. During this topic we will look at similarities and differences in weather, homes, animals and much more!

Our wonderful Rainforest display is below!


Our cheeky 'Elf on the shelf' Christmas decorations and the wonderful ice post box which we were very lucky to have at school! We enjoyed writing letters to Santa and posting them in here. We even had a dance with some elves!


The last half term...

The final push! For the children in Reception it will be their last half term in our Foundation Stage Unit and we will be preparing for the transition to Year 1. Our Nursery children will also be preparing for the transition to Reception. How exciting!
We will spend lots of time this half term making sure children are prepared and confident for their next step. More importantly, we will have lots of fun! We will continue to embed lots of skills we have learned this past year such as sharing, turn taking, solving problems and conflict, listening, answering questions, following instructions and being super independent!

Spring 2 2021 - Under the sea!

This half term we are diving into the depths of the ocean and learning about all things under the sea! We will explore the different layers of the ocean and learn facts about various sea creatures. (Check out our wonderful display >!) We will also spend lots of time learning the importance of recycling and caring for our environment and wildlife. We recommend the story 'Somebody swallowed Stanley' by Sarah Roberts.  The children will be learning lots of new vocabulary surrounding this topic and we hope they will share it with you too! 

Nursery children are working really hard during Phonics sessions. We are focusing on alliteration and initial sounds through lots of exciting games and activities. We are also continuing to practise their super listening skills during carpet sessions and remembering to put their hand up. The children will also be developing their counting skills by matching numeral and quantity, counting out a given number and working with 2D shapes. 

We are welcoming majority of the Reception children back into the classroom who have been working incredibly hard at home. We have learnt all of the Phase 3 sounds and now we are going to continue to practice using those sounds in words to read and for writing. There are lots of games and activities that you can use to practice this. There are some good websites that you can explore to develop their phonic skills. www.phonicsplay.co.uk , www.lettersandsounds.co.uk , www.twinkl.co.uk. In Maths we are continuing to learn a range of skills such as doubling, counting on, measuring, time, money and problem solving. 

somebody swallowed stanley

Lots of outdoor learning fun to be had too, rain or shine!

Spring 1 2021 - Happy and healthy!

This half term our topic is 'Happy and Healthy'. We will be looking at lots of different things that we can do to keep ourselves healthy including exercise and our diet. We will explore different food groups and what the foods do to our bodies. We will also be thinking about how we can keep ourselves and others around us happy. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year! We will make sure all our activities are available to do at home via Seesaw. 

Autumn 1 2020 - Look at us!

Welcome all our September starters to Burnley Road Foundation Stage Unit! Let the adventures begin!

Mrs Holmes, Miss Brennan, Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Geoghegan and Ms Harrison are thrilled to have you all in our unit.

The children are settling in very well adapting to the routines and class rules. During this half term, we are focusing on independence skills and developing confidence. We will spend time talking about ourselves and how we are all different to each other. We will also talk about our families, our interests and our likes and dislikes.

The children made some lovely pictures of their families which are on display. Take a look > 

Useful Websites

https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/ - Talking prompts

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub - daily schedule and activities to support

https://app.gonoodle.com/ - Dancing/Wake up shake up!

Playdough recipe
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw/ Live dough disco 9.30am and 1pm

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html - Daily stories and activities

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-nursery-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549365 - Create a free account for resources and games on Twinkl

https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/product/100-things-to-do-indoors/ - 100 things to do indoors – free download

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - Children’s yoga - they LOVE this!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ - Joe Wicks live exercise sessions

https://www.vooks.com/ - Video stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio - Cbeebies radio

https://theimaginationtree.com/stay-at-home-survival-guide/ - Planning, play and learning ideas

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - Useful ideas and links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games - Cbeebies games

www.discoveryeducation.co.uk  – Log in to Espresso using Username
student31016 Password brs2010 and follow the foundation tab

https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/ - Non-cook playdough recipe

https://domesticsuperhero.com/best-homemade-playdough-recipe/ - Cook playdough recipe


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