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Fairfield Community Primary School

Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7SD

0161 764 1559

The North Pole

Foundation Stage Booklet

Welcome to the North Pole's page. On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the Foundation Stage Curriculum can also be found on this page. 

Teachers: Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Longworth

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Leith and Mrs Oddie.


In the Foundation Stage we acknowledge the importance of celebrating the children's individual birthdays. Every child bakes and decorates their own cake with a group of friends. We collect fresh eggs from our school chickens. This is then shared and enjoyed with the class.

Early Writing In Foundation Stage

In the foundation stage the children work on their early writing skills within the continuous provision with support from the staff. Early writing comes in many forms e.g. painting, whiteboards, pattern making, story scribing, threading and making marks in sand. 

We Love to Learn Outdoors 

Outdoors we can run, jump, balance, explore and use our imagination in role play situations. We also learn how to problem solve and to be persistent when a challenge occurs.

The Life Education Bus

We had a visit from the Life Education Bus this week. The children learnt all about their bodies, staying healthy and safe and how to exercise their hearts to keep them healthy. The children also got to meet Harold the Giraffe. They helped him get ready for his busy day at nursery by brushing his hair, brushing his teeth and helping him have a wash. It was such a fun experience and the children had a great time. 

The day the horses came to visit

Today we had a special visit from three horses, Misty, Rainbow and Cody. The children helped groom them with their special brushes and then gave them some of their favourite foods, carrots and apple. The children asked some really interesting questions such as

Why do the horses have long tails? 

Have they got their shoes on?

What else do they eat?

We found out that the horses love to eat grass and hay and even a burger!! The children were also surprised to discover that the horses did not have shoes on their feet. Arctic Foxes said that all horses wear shoes! It was explained to them that the horses had really strong feet and that is why they did not need shoes. 

Thank you to Caden and Edie Blundell’s Mum for bringing them into school. 

We love numbers!

In Early Years we love counting and singing number rhymes whilst we are playing. 

We had a special visitor when we had our Christmas party. 


Spring topics

This half term we will be learning about:

Winter: The children have been thinking about the type of clothing they wear when it is cold outside and what these are made of. They have also looked at where wool comes from and how it is made.  

Bears: real and fiction bears with lots of stories. The children have been learning about the different types of bears including the brown bear, the sun bear and the polar bear. They have also looked at where these bears live. 

Space: The children will be reading lots of stories about space and aliens including Aliens Love Underpants and Whatever Next. 

Here is a snapshot of our learning so far......




In nursery we have been learning about outer space.

We read some really exciting stories such as Whatever Next! and Aliens Love Underpants but our favourite was Aliens Love Underpants Save the World.

We acted out the story of Whatever Next and we pretended to have a picnic on the moon. We also made a huge pair of underpants by sticking together lots of small pairs.  We then counted how many pairs we had altogether. It was 24!

In science we made planets using milk. It was just like magic when the colour started to move about on the surface when we put the soap in. We also made aliens using the playdough and then gave them silly names. 

In Letters and Sounds we made some rhyme rockets. We decorated a bottle and then we chose three pictures that rhymed to stick onto them. 


Making Planets with Milk

Whatever Next!

Making Rhyme Rockets

Our Huge Underpants

Welly Bobs Farm trip

We visited the farm as part of our topic for growing and farms. Although the weather was really cold we had a fantastic time. We fed the animals, rode a pony, held small animals and learnt about the animals from the farmer. After a long day we had a play in the play barn after lunch. 

As part of our topic for growing and farms we made vegetable soup. We prepared the vegetables by chopping them up and then after we cooked the soup we ate it with crusty bread. It was delicious!!

Early Numbers and Measuring

The children in Arctic Bears love to use blocks during their play. We have used them to measure the beanstalks. We counted how many blocks were as tall as the beanstalk. We even measured our friends with them. 

Fairfield Chickens

After hatching our chicken eggs we now have to look after them in our school chicken coop. The children love visiting them everyday to feed them and top up their water. The chickens are really friendly and love to have special treats like lettuce, cucumber, apples and sweetcorn.  

To see a video of the chickens hatching visit the School Events

Special Visitors in Foundation Stage

A big thank you to Roddy's Mum who brought in six kittens to show the children. They are only five weeks old. You can see how much the children loved this experience by the huge smiles on their faces.