Foundation Stage

Welcome to Foundation Stage of John Randall!


Do come along and meet our experienced EYFS staff –

Miss M Keyworth – Reception Teacher

Miss N Barnett – Early Years Educator

Miss J Skeates – EYFS Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Downes – EYFS Teaching Assistant


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 approach to learning is underpinned by developing early reading, communication, and literacy skills using quality core texts as well as excellent opportunities for speaking and listening.

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.

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 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.

Keeping Safe Online

Reception recently started their computing topic of ‘Keeping Safe Online.’ Children explored what being online meant and we discussed the various devices that children have in their homes. The children then talked about their feelings and emotions towards different parts of the internet – funny videos make us happy and make us laugh but if we something scary it may make us sad and worried. We then talked about what to do if we are ever made to feel sad or worried on the internet – we all spoke about our trusted grown-ups and how they can help us online. 



Chinese Drums

We made ‘rattle drums’ in celebration of Chinese/Lunar New Year.


Nursery had a lovely time writing last week.

Building and shape

To support our learning about building and shapes, looked at the work of Paul Klee and his use of geometric shapes to create ‘City Scapes’. We created our own representations of his work, using blocks and paint.



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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!