Welcome to Swallowfield Foundation

Garden FoundationOur ‘Foundation’ classes are for our children who are in their Reception year, from when they start school until they enter Year 1 in the September after they are 5.
The early years of a child’s life are an important stage when the foundations for future development are established. At school, in the foundation stage, we foster the child’s own interests and offer activities that extend, enrich and develop potential. Activities and first hand experiences are the key to learning and lay the foundations for their further education.

Young children learn as they play. Attitudes, skills and knowledge are acquired as the child strives to understand his world.


Meet the team

YFP                                                                 YFD

Teacher – Miss Papworth                                          Teacher – Miss Davison

LSAs – Mrs Ditty, Ms Brindle and Mrs Warwick         LSAs – Mrs Kenny, Ms Brindle and Mrs Warwick


Mrs Garratt and Mrs Thomas teach in both classes throughout the week.


For your information

Click the links below to see what we will be doing over this academic year.



 Thank you to those who attended the parent welcome meeting. Here is the PowerPoint that supported our presentation:



Autumn 2 Planning Overview


Spring 1 Planning Overview 2017

Spring 2 overview

Foundation News

Foundation Science Week – Tuesday

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our first challenge today was to find out what had happened to our Gummy Bears that had been soaking in water over night. We carefully took our bears out of the water and compared it with a bear that had not been in any water to see if it had changed. We discovered that it …

  • smelt nice
  • was slippery
  • was bigger
  • felt like jelly
  • was squishy

Our experiment was a success! We discovered that the gummy bear absorbed some of the water and that made it grow bigger.


Our Scientist gave us another exciting experiment today. He asked us to help him free some dinosaurs that have been frozen in ice! We came up with different ideas on how to do this; placing the ice in warm water, heating it up with warm air, breaking the ice and using our body heat (hands) to melt it.


Foundation Science Week – Monday

Monday, March 12, 2018

Well – what an exciting day! Throughout the day we have received emails from a special scientist who is asking us to explore these themes:

-He introduced us to Science week and asked whether we were ready to help him out. Of course we said YES!

He told us the main 4 steps we needed to take out throughout the week were:

  1. Think
  2. Predict
  3. Test
  4. Results

-He then said he wanted to go for a picnic but was undecided which would be the best to take so that he didn’t get in a melted mess!

We explored as a whole year group using 4 different chocolate bars: aero, dairy milk, milkybar buttons and a flake.

How does this Science Work?

It is very difficult to melt a flake. We can’t say impossible, as everything will melt if you have a high enough temperature. However, under classroom or picnic conditions a flake won’t melt

We were confused about this so did some research. The research stated that to make the chocolate thin enough and flakey enough it is repeatedly tempered, heated and cooled, until it can’t be changed anymore. Flakes were first developed in 1920 and was founded by an employee of Cadbury’s. When the excess from the moulds was drained off, it fell off in a stream and created folded chocolate with flaking properties.


-Our final email of the day told us that the Scientist wanted to share sweets with his friend but he hadn’t got enough. He wanted a way to make the sweets bigger so there was more to share. We decided that plants need water to grow – so why not sweets! The gummy bears were put into their little bath and we shall see what happens to them tomorrow.

Foundation Magical Monday – A Special Delivery!

Monday, March 5, 2018

We had an exciting delivery at lunchtime today!

A huge pot, watering can and envelope arrived. We worked out that inside the envelope was some magic beans and the best thing we could do them is plant them into the magic soil and water them with magic water and see what happens!

To be continued …..

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