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Welcome to Wagtail Class!

Two wagtail birds

We are class of children from FS2 (Reception). You will find us in the room known as the Nest. 

Classroom Locations Diagram

Our teachers are Mrs Wilson and Mrs Busson and our teaching assistants are Mrs Alexander and Miss Anderson. We may also work with Miss Howlin, the Robin class teacher as we share our classroom with Robin class. Mrs Fielding and Mrs Steadman will join us on Thursday mornings for PE or Forest Schools.  

If you have any queries you can email the teachers on


Mrs Laura Wilson, Assistant Head & Wagtail TeacherMrs Laura Wilson, Assistant Head & Wagtail Teacher Mrs Karen Busson, SENCo & Kingfisher Teacher Miss Liz Howlin, Robins Teacher


Mrs Sam Alexander, Teaching Assistant   Mrs Julie Fielding, Teaching Assistant IMG 3121

General Class Information

In Foundation we are taught through whole class sessions, such as Little Wandle Phonics and Numbersense Maths, and then practise, develop and extend our learning through high quality play experiences. Please come to our Fitz Playdates to learn more about your child's education in the Foundation Stage and discover how you can support your child's learning. Please see the link to the workshop presentations below for more details.

This page will continue to be updated throughout the course of the year. 

Our core aim as educators is to get your children reading and become confident writers and mathematicians. Please read to your children and with your children as often as possible. Regular practise with their phonic reading book is a key expectation of learning at home but it is also really important for you to read to your children - that bedtime story is growing their vocabulary and understanding!  Regular counting in ones will support their maths and opportunities to write at home are always beneficial. However remember they have had busy days at school - so if you can only fit on one thing before they are too tired, please read!

Reading books

We change reading books every Tuesday and Friday, this gives you opportunity to read and re-read your book three times. We also send home the read and share bags with your Reading for Pleasure texts; we ask that these are returned every Thursday please.


We reward your children using positive praise, marbles and tokens home. The marbles the children earn feed into a jar and when this is full we have a whole class treat- this is often things like extra playtime, extra time on the pirate ship play equipment or a dance session. 

Raising readers Read aloud Einstein


Week commencing 18th September message.

It has been so lovely to get to know you and your children over these last two weeks. Having these part-time weeks is really beneficial for the children as it gives them the chance to settle in and get used to school in a gentle way. We really appreciate all the extra effort in terms of childcare that this has required from you – thank you!

Reading Books

Your children have started to bring home books without any words. The idea of these books is to develop your children’s expressive language and storytelling skills. Please let them tell you a story about the pictures- try to encourage imaginative and exciting stories! We would like you to re-read each book that comes home three times. This is particularly important when the books begin to have words. We change books on Tuesdays and Fridays but we only change books that have been read three times and the link book has been filled in to show this. On a Friday children will also bring home a picture book, this book is intended for you to read TO your child to encourage a love of reading. Please bring them back by the following Thursday. 

Phonics books

On Fridays your child will bring home a little purple book. It will tell you the sounds that your child has learnt that week. Please practise saying the sound that each letter makes, and we have included sheets so that you can practice writing the letter too. Please bring them back in on the following Wednesday so we can stick the next letters in for you.

Fitz Playdates dates and timings. 

Week 4


Thursday 28th September

Fitz Family Playdate

Parent and Child Playdate 2:15pm

The Importance of Play

Meet Debbie Lewis Parent Support Advisor at our Play Workshop

Week 5


Thursday  5th October

Fitz Family Playdate

Parent and Child Playdate 2:15pm

The Joy of Reading

Meet our Reading Lead at our workshop about developing a love of reading

Week 6


Thursday 12th October

Fitz Family Playdate

Parent and Child Playdate 2:15pm

Introducing Little Wandle Phonics

Meet our Literacy Lead at our Workshop about teaching Phonics at Fitz


Term 2


Thursday 2nd November

Fitz Family Playdate

Parent and Child Playdate 2:15pm

Introducing the Reading Scheme Routine and Guided Reading

Term 2


Thursday 9th November

Fitz Family Playdate

Parent and Child Playdate 2:15pm

Maths in the Foundation Stage

Meet our Maths  Lead at our Workshop about teaching Maths at Fitz


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