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Shay Lane Primary School


A very warm welcome!


This web page is the place where we will keep you updated on our school experience, learning and other exciting developments.


At Shay Lane Primary School, our Foundation Stage Unit is made up of Nursery and Reception Class.

The Foundation Stage is important in its own right; the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage is designed to meet the diverse needs of all children, enabling most to achieve the Early Learning Goals and, where appropriate, go beyond.  Children aged three to five constantly encounter new experiences and seek to understand them, extending their skills, developing confidence and building on what they already know.  Children deepen their understanding through playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting, and responding to adults and to each other. Structured and well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to learning with enjoyment and challenge. At Shay Lane we strive to provide the best possible start to your child’s school life. 


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is arranged in seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas

Personal social and emotional development

Communication and language

Physical Development

Four specific areas



Understanding the world

Expressive art and design


We also teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phases and the Read, Write, Inc scheme by Ruth Miskin.



A Teddy Bears’ Picnic

As a celebration for the end of our work on bears, we decided to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The children found out which ingredients we needed, and how much, using their massive Maths skills. Miss Martin then went to the supermarket to collect it, along with the sweets, crisps, biscuits and juice that the children requested!  We then made our own sandwiches for the picnic and put on our coats, hats, gloves and scarves to brave the outdoors. It was freezing! We investigated the woodland area and checked how much the spring flowers had grown then started the picnic. Before long, we were all so cold that we decided to eat the rest of it inside! This made us laugh. It was a Teddy Bears’ Picnic to remember.

Shrove Tuesday

Nursery teamed up with Reception for a very special day. We started by learning about Shrove Tuesday and why people eat pancakes on this day. We found out that Christians believe that Pancake Day is the start of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and at the end of Lent it is Easter. People might give up chocolate or something they really like during Lent. This helps them to think about Jesus.

The children (and adults) enjoyed learning about the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and making pancakes. We tried pancakes with sugar, lemon, jam and chocolate, and then had to decide which was our favourite. It was an exciting and sticky challenge!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

What a couple of weeks we have had! Maisy found the book of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and wanted to do some work around it. We started by reading the story and talking about the setting and the characters.  After that, we went on our very own woodland adventure. We thought about what we might see, hear and feel if we went into the woods with Goldilocks. Then we recorded our ideas. The outside woodland area really helped us to use our imaginations.

Following this, we enjoyed some creative crafts to show our skills, and develop our new display.

Who’s been eating my porridge?

As part of our Massive Maths work, we tasted three types of porridge: one with sugar, one with raisins and one with strawberry jam. We then had the really tricky job of deciding which one was our favourite. After that, we used our bowls to make a graph of the children’s favourite porridge. We found that jam was the most popular and raisins were the least popular. We then used our skills to create a class pictogram and even had a go at making one independently!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

A very warm welcome to our wonderful new children. Our Nursery new starters are settling in very well, beginning to understand our routines and making lots of new friends.

 Our topic this half term is Winter Wonderland. Our first winter story is Big Bear, Little Bear. This lovely book inspired the children to learn more about polar bears so we found video clips and information on the internet. We have enjoyed getting busy in the Winter Wonderland role play areas, where we have been acting out parts of the story and applying our maths problem solving skills.

Massive Maths

The Nursery team are having a great time in our maths sessions. We are learning lots about number and using our counting in our work and in our play. We have even used our number knowledge to solve problems.

Nursery went spotty for Children in Need

Nursery had a super time raising money for Children in Need. We got dressed up in spots and took part in some special Children in Need activities. There were even some prizes from Mr Wright for our best dressed children! 

Fantastic Phonics

In Nursery we are really enjoying our phonic sessions. We are learning new letter sounds, finding the letters in words and even having a go at writing them! We are also learning the letters in our names and how to form them correctly.  Please pop into class and ask if you would like any letter formation sheets to work on at home.

Shape and Pattern 

As part of part of our Maths work, we have been investigating different shapes and patterns. We went on a shape hunt around school and in our outside environment. We could find lots of rectangles but found it tricky to spot triangles. The Nursery team can name different shapes and use them to create a repeating pattern. Check out some of our shape and pattern work…

Our Outdoor Learning

We have really settled into our wonderful Nursery class. We are enjoying our learning inside and outside the classroom. Check out some pictures of us in our outdoor environment.


Our Gruffalo Hunt

The children in Nursery have enjoyed reading the story of The Gruffalo. We have sequenced the story and talked about the characters. We even had a visit from the Little Brown Mouse who took us on a Gruffalo Hunt!


This half term we have been learning all about ourselves. We have been getting to know each other and talking about what makes us special. We have also been learning about different body parts and we had lots of fun drawing around our friends and adding labels.