Charlbury Primary School

Foundation Stage

A warm welcome from everyone at Charlbury Primary School

Starting school for the first time is an exciting but sometimes daunting experience for both parents and children. We are keen to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Staffing in Foundation Stage

Mrs Grierson is the Foundation Stage class teacher who plans for and organises the teaching and assessment, she is with the class every morning.  Mrs Senior works with the children at Forest School and most afternoons. They are supported by Mrs Slater (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Harris (Teaching Assistant). All four are responsible for the children's social and emotional welfare and for making daily observations on their children's abilities and progress. Any information about your child's interests, likes/dislikes, abilities or needs can be shared with them so that the teaching can be tailored more individually. Please keep in close touch with them as children's progress greatly benefits from this approach.

Mrs Morris is Deputy Head and SENCO, responsible for special educational needs across the school and is available after school every day should you have any concerns.


When your child starts school he or she will be given a book to take home every day. Initially, these may not contain any words, so please do not be surprised by this! Picture books help develop good language skills which are an essential precursor to good reading and writing. Your role is to share the book with your child, encouraging discussion about the pictures and the what seems to be happening in the story. When your child is ready, he or she will be given a Reading Scheme book which has vocabulary that increases in complexity across a number of finely graded levels. This allows your child to develop the necessary reading skills and confidence in a structured and highly scaffolded way. We ask that parents hear their children read daily for 5 to 10 minutes. At some point, your child will be given a number of high frequency words to learn by sight. These words usually cannot be sounded out and are very common in the English language. It is essential that they are learned daily and can be read fluently for your child's reading skills to progress. If you have any queries regarding supporting your child's reading, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff for advice.

Equipment and clothing

In addition to school uniform, your child will require a pair of black plimsoles as indoor shoes. On Forest School days children can wear old clothing and bring school uniform to change into afterwards. Book bags can be bought from the school office and will be needed daily for transporting reading books, homework, letters etc. We encourage children to drink water throughout the day and ask that drinking bottles only contain water and have a sports cap to reduce spillage.

Fruit Scheme

As part of Charlbury's Healthy Schools programme your child will be offered fruit or vegetables mid-morning just before break. A wide variety is offered through the term and children are encouraged to try new or unusual fruit or vegetables.

Forest School

Charlbury School is fortunate to be able to offer Forest School to all Foundation Stage and Year 1 children. Read more about the benefits of Forest School.


PE is on Wednesdays. The children usually get changed into their PE kit on Wednesday for activities. On Mondays they do other forms of physical development such as parachute games and outdoor games, but do not usually get changed.


Cookery is an important activity that supports learning in a variety of curriculum areas such as maths and science. We ask for a contribution towards these activities of £12 per annum per child.


Class information is posted on the class noticeboard, in the classroom window and on the school website, this includes a timetable and termly topic plans.

Weekly school newsletters are available on the newsletters page of this website.

If there is anything you are unsure about PLEASE ASK. We have an open door policy at Charlbury School.

Feedback on progress

We hold two Parent Consultation evenings in November and March where you will receive detailed feedback about your child's progress and can discuss any concerns you may have. In July parents receive a full school report.

Open Classroom

At the beginning of terms 1, 3 & 5 every class opens its classroom between 3pm and 4pm for parents and carers to come into school to talk to the class teacher and visit the classroom. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and pass on any information to the class teacher. Meeting dates and times will be notified through the school newsletter nearer the time.

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School Health Team

Download a Starting School Information Booklet from the Primary School Health NursesTeam 

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