Welcome to the Foundation Stage

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, based on the 7 areas of learning.  The 3 prime areas of learning are:

- Communication and Language

- Physical Development

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The 4 specific areas of learning are:

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding the world

- Expressive arts and design

Teaching and learning is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.  Outdoor education forms an integral part of the curriculum and the children spend time exploring and investigating the outdoor environment.

The Foundation Stage follow a carefully planned timetable to allow both Nursery and Reception children time to learn, play, explore and investigate together and in separate age groups.  The curriculum is topic based.


Nursery topics will be:

Autumn Term 1      Me and My New World

Autumn Term 2      Autumn Festivals from around the world 

Spring Term 1         Space, Chinese New Year and Valentines day

Spring Term 2         Dinosaurs, Mother's day and Easter

Summer Term 1      Story time

Nursery children will partake in 'Welly walk' on a Wednesday morning, this enables children to learn in the outdoor environment and includes activities such as bug hunts, shape walks and using natural materials to collect and build with. Please provide a named pair of wellington boots for your child that can be kept at school.


This academic year Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 are following the same topics.  This will enable us to share our planning, resources and to arrange joint visits and visitors to complement our work.  Although we plan a general overview of the topics, each class does work at a differentiated level.   

Autumn term-    Light and Dark

                          Autumn Festivals

Spring term -     Houses and Homes

                          Who's the King of the Castle?

Summer term - I do like to be beside the Sea-side

In Reception the children are given homework.  This is mainly in the form of learning their phonic sounds, keywords and reading.  Your support and guidance at home is an important part of your child's learning.