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Welcome to Foundation Stage 1

Welcome to Foundation Stage 1 

In Foundation Stage 1 we have a morning class and an afternoon class, each holding 26 nursery places. 

Our class teachers are Mrs Murphy in the AM and Mrs Chidzey in the PM  and we have 2 teaching assistants working with us, Mrs Harrison and Miss O’Connor.  We also haveMrs Helm who focuses on speech and language throughout the Foundation Stage.  
All nursery staff help us to learn and develop through both adult led and child led inputs as well as lots of time to play, learn and explore with continuous provision. 



Children in Foundation Stage 1 also have the opportunity to participate in P.E lessons and attend forest learning on a regular basis. 

We will have lots of trips and visits planned throughout the year some of which include: 

  • Visits from our local Reverend, Police Community Support Officers and other people who help us within the community.  

  • A sponsored charity walk 

  • Trips to Church, Santa’s grotto and Padgate Library. 

  • A trip to Acorn Farm


  • Parents will also have the opportunity to stay and play and join in with class events throughout the year. 





Prime Areas of Learning

Physical Development
As part of our continuous provision the children have access to the outdoor area at all times. We provide our children with wellies and waterproofs so that we can learn outdoors whatever the weather! We also enjoy our regular ‘Dough Disco’. This supports children in developing their fine motor skills.

Communication and Language Development
Communication and Language is developed through a range of activities. We play lots of speaking and listening games. Miss Kavanagh always reminds us to use our listening ears to identify what we can hear. We also develop our communication and language skills in play by working together as part of a team.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Each child is unique and therefore the curriculum is tailored to the children’s needs. We consider a range of social and emotional situations through our SEAL theme and lots of stories and rhymes. This will support the children in becoming well rounded citizens.


Specific Areas of Learning

Key mathematical skills will be taught through number rhyme, songs and small group teaching. We practice our counting every day and are learning to spot shapes in the environment.

Literacy Development
We have a keen interest in books in Foundation Stage 1. We will develop your child’s love of reading using stories, puppets and props to engage, motivate and inspire them to achieve their full potential.

Understanding the World
We will learn about the world around us through active experiences. We have been using our school forest area to identify the change in season and look for autumn objects. This is something that the children are keen to participate in and brings learning to life!

Expressive Art and Design
The children will have daily access to a range of materials which they can use to create paintings, drawings and 3D models. Their imagination will be exercised through role play, storytelling, dance and art.

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