Welcome to Foundation 1 (Nursery)

“Children’s learning is so complex, so rich, so fascinating, so varied, so surprising and so full of enthusiasm that to see it taking place every day before one’s very eyes is one of the greatest privileges of any early childhood practitioner.” –  Cathy Nutbrown

Miss Hutchinson

Miss Hutchinson

FS1 Class Teacher, PSHE Lead, Emotional Literacy Lead, School Council, Paediatric First Aider.

Mrs Gray

Mrs Gray

Nursery Nurse, Paediatric First Aider

Mrs Sperke

Mrs Sperke

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

FS1 Curriculum Newsletters


FS1 Newsletter Autumn 1 FS1 Newsletter Autumn 2 FS1 Newsletter Spring 1








At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.


Homework Policy 2022-24


Spring Term 1


Please find below some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for your child to complete. We cannot wait to see your child’s learning!



FS1 Spring 1 Homework Grid


Activity 1

To find and order numerals 1-5, then place the correct amount of objects on top of each numeral. Your child could then do this with numerals 6-10.


Numerals 1-10


Please print out the numerals above or create them yourself. Your child may want to cut them out. They can then be hidden around the room for your child to collect and place in the correct order. You could ask them to point to a number that is one more or one less than a particular number.

Using resources from around the home, such as buttons, pebbles or coins, could your child then place the correct amount of objects next to each numeral?



Here is a video that can support your child at home.



Activity 2

To read and write their name in pre-cursive text.


Please write the letters from your child’s name across different pieces of paper and hide them around the room. Your child can then be encouraged to find them, order them and then copy their name. For support with pre-cursive letters, please see the links below.


Oxford Owl Phonics- How to pronounce pure sounds Letter Formation


Before completing the following activities with your child at home, please share The Three Little Pigs story if you have access to it or encourage your child to watch the video below.



Activity 3

To make some dough and then create three little pigs.


The images are from ahappyhippymom.com and rosieposieadventures.wordpress.com


Dough can be created with 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water. A bit of food colouring or paint could be added to colour the dough.

Can your child then roll spheres to create their pigs, using buttons, sticks or other items from around the home to decorate them? How do they think they can make them even better?


Activity 4

To make the three little pigs a new home.


The images are from dltk-teach.com, science-sparks.com and mamasmiles.com.


Your child could use blocks, Duplo or junk box modelling to create their house, they may even want to use play dough, sticks or straw.

To challenge your child further, can they make something that is waterproof? Can they design it on paper first? Can they make multiple houses and then carry out some experiments to find out which one is the strongest?


Activity 5

To create puppets of the characters and then act out the story of the three little pigs.


The image is from 99worksheets.com.


Please feel free to use the template below or encourage your child to create their own puppets. Can your child remember the well know phrases from the story? Can they talk about the characters and the setting? Can they come up with a different ending?


Three Little Pigs Puppets


Activity 6

To make a den to hide from the wolf.


The image is from justfamilyfun.com.


The den could be created inside or outside, using things from around the home. Can your child work out how to attach items together? Can they create a structure for the roof? This could also become a reading den where you could share your child’s favourite books with them.

Autumn Term 2


Please find below some optional homework tasks and resources for your child to complete this half term.


Autumn 2 Homework


Activity 1

To find objects from around the house that start with a ‘s’ sound.

To start this activity you could share some objects that begin with a ‘s’ sound with your child, such as sand, scissors or salt and emphasise the ‘s’ sound by saying ‘sssand’ for example. You could then encourage your child to look at a group of objects, some of which should begin with a ‘s’ sound and ask them to find all of the objects that start with a ‘s’. They could do this by saying the word and listening for the initial sound. Once your child is confident in identifying the initial sound in a word, you can change the sound or ask your child to look for objects in a larger area, such as in a room or in the garden.


Activity 2

To go on an autumn scavenger hunt.

How many objects off the list below can your child find in the local area? Can they draw some of the things that they find too?

Autumn Scavenger Hunt


Activity 3

To explore water and ice.



We would like your child to explore how water can be turned into ice and how ice can turn into water. This can be done in a number ways, such as by leaving a bucket of water outside on a cold winters night or by pouring water into a balloon, plastic glove or ice tray and placing it in the freezer. You could even ask your child to add some small toys to the water. Can your child predict what might happen? Can they describe how the ice feels? Can they work out how to turn it back into water? Your child could explore different ways of doing this, such as placing the ice near a radiator or breaking it up into smaller pieces.


Activity 4

To order three objects by size.



To start this activity, your child should find three objects independently. They should then be encouraged to order them by size, using vocabulary such as tallest, medium and shortest to describe the height of the toys.


Activity 5

To draw an animal.



Can your child draw their favourite animal? Can they select the correct colours to represent the animal? Can they tell you what sound their favourite animal makes?


Activity 6

To dance to music.



We love to dance in Foundation Stage 1 and it has some great benefits for learning too. We have attached some dance videos for your child below, however they may just want to create their own dance to their favourite song. Dancing with ribbons or material is great fun too!




Autumn Term 1


To help you with your learning this term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for your child to complete. We cannot wait to see your child’s learning!



FS1 Autumn 1 Homework Grid


Activity 1

To play a board game together. 



This is a great activity for taking turns, touch counting and recognising the numerals and patterns on a dice.

If you do not have any board games at home, you could work together to draw your own.



Activity 2

To play a game of catch or pass. 



There are lots of different ways to complete this activity, such as by throwing and catching a ball or kicking a football. It can also be played with the whole family.

To extend this further, you could encourage your child to count how many times you can both catch the ball without dropping it.



Activity 3

To build a house together.



You can build your home together from a variety of different media and materials, such as Lego, wooden blocks or cardboard boxes.

Your child could then make their own puppets based on their family.



Activity 4

To share a story and come up with a different ending. 



After reading your child’s favourite story with them, can you work together to come up with an alternative ending? Can your child tell you about their favourite character in the story or their favourite part?

Where is the most unusual place that you can share a book together? Perhaps in some woodland or in a den in the garden. We would love to see some photographs of your unusual places!



Activity 5

To draw a self-portrait.


Please encourage your child to look in a mirror and discuss the facial features, shapes and colours that they can see before then creating their own self-portrait. Your child could then attempt to write their name on their work.


Activity 6

To sing your favourite nursery rhymes.


We would like you to sing some nursery rhymes together with all of the different actions. Please find some traditional rhymes above for you to start with.