Foundation

Welcome to our Foundation Class Page!

We can’t wait to welcome back our new Foundation 2 children, along with a few new faces, as well as meeting our brand new Foundation 1 class.

Your child will be taught by Mrs Levesley and Mrs Wilbourne, with Mrs Pickering providing some support. As a team, we’ve already been together for a year, so we are all very excited to be working together again. The school day starts at 8:45 am with our ‘stay and play’ time. We like to ease the children into the day, so activities are set up where you can play alongside your child for the first ten minutes.

This also gives a chance for you to chat with staff about any concerns or celebrate any special achievements at home. We ask that you say your goodbyes and go just before nine so that we can gather the children on the carpet for the register. The children really benefit from this time with you, so please try to arrive on time.

Foundation 1 morning children need to be collected at 11:50 am and the afternoon session children should arrive at 12:00 noon. Our finish times are staggered to allow for the collection of children from different year groups. Foundation children should be collected first at 3:00 pm.

We ask that parents wait in the bottom yard until we open the wooden gate. We operate a one-way system to collect the children. Please do not let your children play on the outdoor equipment after school.

Meet your Teachers

Hello everyone! I’m Mrs Levesley.

This will be my third year here at Thrybergh, but I’ve been teaching for 22 years. I love teaching in the Foundation Stage because every day is different. It’s an absolute privilege to watch our smallest children grow and learn every day, especially the magic moments when you grasp a new skill or say something incredible, which shows me what you have learned.

As well as being the foundation teacher, I am also the school’s SENDCo, which means I coordinate the support for children with special educational needs. When I’m not at school, I’m a mum to two teenage boys. My family love to be outdoors and we go for long walks in the Peak District. Reading is my other favourite hobby, and you can usually find me with my nose in a book on a Sunday morning, in the garden if it’s warm enough. I have loved stories since I was little and my hope is to inspire you all to love reading as much as I do. I can’t wait to see you all soon!

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Mrs Levesley
Foundation Stage Teacher

I have worked at Thrybergh Primary School for 22 years. I absolutely love my job and as my role of HLTA; I am lucky enough to teach most of the children throughout school. I love watching T.V and reading. I thoroughly enjoy reading Roald Dahl books to the children.

I have three children of my own who are all grown up now. I love spending time with my family especially at Christmas time when we all get together for the day. I enjoy going shopping with my daughter and going out for lunch. I can’t wait for September to see you all again and to meet our new children.

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Mrs Platts
HLTA

Hi! I’m Mrs Wilbourne and I’ve worked at Thrybergh for about 13 years. My favourite place to be is our Foundation Unit. I love to watch the new children arrive and then see how they grow and change over their very first year of school. It’s amazing! I like to share stories and my favourite book is ‘Barry, the Fish with Fingers’. I’m sure I’ll get the chance to read it to you this year. When I’m not at school, I love to walk or watch films. I also love to garden. I have some beautiful pink flowers in my garden that I think are magic. They open when it’s sunny and close up when it rains! I’m really looking forward to meeting you and getting to know all about you.

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Mrs Wilbourne
Teaching Assistant

Hi boys and girls! I’m Mrs Pickering and I’ve worked at Thrybergh for 22 years. I love everything about my job, especially helping children learn. I love playing with my little grandson and watching him learn new things every day. I like to read stories with him too. Together, we love to take my dog, Buddy, for walks. I love reading when I have time. My new hobby is gardening and this spring and summer I have loved redesigning my garden and watching everything grow. I can’t wait to welcome back the children I got to know in F1 last year, as well as welcoming some new faces!

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Mrs Pickering
Teaching Assistant

Our New Learning

Foundation aged children are constantly learning, by exploring their world, asking questions and most importantly, playing. Our ‘Success For All’ curriculum develops learning in a playful, varied and exciting way. In F1, we have a weekly theme, where we learn about the world, practise our counting and other maths skills and begin to develop good speaking and listening. In F2, themes tend to last for two weeks and build up challenge over time.

We cover a huge range of learning, from finding out about our senses, learning about communication and experiencing different kinds of music, through to learning about animals and plants and taking care of our world. We set up parts of the classrooms for different areas of learning, called ‘labs’. Children spend time in the labs every day, learning and playing together. We read great stories every day in our ‘Story Tree’ time. We also have daily teacher-led sessions for phonics, writing and maths. This year, we have a brand new outdoor learning zone and we can’t wait to let the children play and explore out there!