The Foundation Stage is what we call the early years of education; the time spent in a Nursery and in the Reception class. It is exactly what it says, a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it won’t feel like learning, the children see it as fun and an extension of their play. There are seven broad areas of learning  in the Foundation Stage. These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’. The areas also give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Foundation Stage leader – Miss Ketley

Class RH
Teacher – Miss Holmes
Support – Mrs Eley/ Miss Ruff/ Miss Grisley

Class RM
Teacher – Mr Miller
Support – Mrs Eley/ Miss Ruff/ Miss Grisley

Supporting both classes
Mrs Murphy – SEN
Mrs Rees – PSHE
Mrs Grisley – Pastoral Care

Class times
Doors open: 8:50am
Doors close: 9:00am (after 9am – please sign in at the office)
Finish: 3:05pm

Our work and projects
Teaching in Reception is based on the 7 areas of learning:
The prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Our specific areas are Maths, Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding and Expressive Arts and Design. The curriculum also covers RE, music and computing. See Curriculum for more details.

Reception Maths
A lot of fun comes from playing games and a lot of maths learning can take place at the same time. It is important that young children are aware of numbers from an early age and that they have fun with numbers in a relaxed atmosphere. See more in the maths workshop pdf above. In Reception you could try:

  • Finding the maths in a game of Snakes and Ladders
  • Recognising number patterns on a dice
  • Encouraging 1 to 1 correspondence – count the jumps
  • Recognising numbers to 100
  • Understanding place value – hundreds, tens and units
  • Comparing numbers – more, less, higher, lower
  • Directional vocabulary – left, right, up, down
  • Size vocabulary – big, long, small, longer, shorter
  • Addition – counting on number on dice from number where counter is
  • Difference between 2 numbers – how much further ahead is one player from another
  • Ordinal vocabulary – who has come first, second, third etc.

Regular activities
The children do a focused activity each day called ‘Fidgety Fingers’ linked to the Reception areas of learning. They either work independently or with an adult. They also do CIL (“CHIL” – Child Initiated Learning) on a daily basis, where they choose structured activities linked to their learning.
Forest school – in Reception, children do forest school once every half-term. You will be advised of dates in advance.
For more information about our day, please see the Reception Welcome Letter and the Reception Calendar above.