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.
Our Early Years Vision is to:
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
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.
In respect of the 100 year anniversary of the vote for women, Foundation Stage got together to talk about what makes us special. We decided that everybody is unique and that this is a good thing. We then discussed equality and how it is important that we are all different but all equal. The children couldn’t believe that boys and girls have not always been equal, like we are today. In celebration of our wonderful world we decorated biscuits in the suffragette colours.
Sign Language Lessons
When Nursey Team were talking about how everyone is unique, we thought about people that cannot hear like we can. We used our ears to listen carefully and talked about how it might feel to be deaf.
As if by magic, one of our amazing mums, Mrs Kent, asked if we would like her to teach us some sign language so that we could communicate with someone that could not hear. We were very excited about this and said that we would love Mrs Kent to come into Nursery and teach us some sign language. So far we have learned how to sign things like hello, good morning, well done and I love you. We have also learned the signs for Baa Baa Black Sheep; It’s Raining, it’s Pouring and The sun has got his hat on. We are looking forward to learning lots more. Thank you Mrs Kent x
Children in Need!
What a fantastic fundraising day we have had! It all began with using the computer to research the reasons behind this special day. Foundation Team found out that Children in Need started 38 years ago and since then has raised millions and millions of pounds to help those not as fortunate as us.
We made a class mindmap to record all of the things that we thought children might need help with, for example, somewhere to help them if they are poorly, clothes, food and clean water.
We learned a totally awesome Children in Need dance and had a fantastic time using our creative craft skills to make our own Pudsey ears. Thank you for all your donations. We have really enjoyed supporting Children in Need 2018.
We are all unique!
For Anti-bullying Week, Nursery thought it was important to celebrate differences. We talked about how it might be boring if we were all exactly the same and how it makes it interesting and fun that we are all different.
We read Elmer by David McKee and thought carefully about the message in the story and talked about what it means to be unique. As we were creating our very own, individual elephants we talked about what makes us special and decided that being unique is awesome!
Whilst creating our elephants, we explored texture, colour, shape and pattern, as well as using our creative craft skills. We were so proud of our work that we decided to put it on display for everybody to see.
As part of our topic on Fantastic Festivals, we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Foundation Stage teamed up and used technology to research facts. These are some that we found:
* Diwali celebrates new beginnings;
* People call it The Festival of Light and make special diva lamps;
* There is a story about Rama and Sita, where diva lamps lit their way home;
* Hindus eat special food and wear special clothes;
* There might be fireworks to celebrate this special time.
One of our favourite facts was that during Diwali, people often do special dances. We learned a dance all about the five days of Diwali and how it is celebrated. After this, we went into the hall where we performed the dance and even practised some freestyle Diwali dance moves! Lots of children were confident enough to demonstrate their dances to the rest of Foundation Stage.
Foundation Stage had a spoooktacular Halloween Disco Day. We arrived at school in our fang-tastic costumes and started the day with a fashion parade. We read a spoooooky story and then got our dancing shoes on ready for the party. In the hall, there was singing, dancing, sliding on knees and party food! A big thank you to the PTFA for providing snacks and prizes. Congratulations to Alfie who won the scariest outfit in Foundation Stage and Eve who scooped the award of cutest costume.
Well our plan for this morning went out the window! Frankie brought in a Peppa Pig challenge from her house, for Nursery Team. There were a number of special activities that we needed to complete. Each one was linked to a job that we might want to do when we grow up. As a team, we decided it would be best if we went into the hall and had a go at some of the special activities.
We had a ball! We turned off all the lights and imagined we were astronauts in space and explorers in caves. We climbed the wall ladders and pretended we were firefighters. We marched like policeman and balanced like superheroes. Nursery Team even pretended to ride a horse like real cowboys and cowgirls.
After all these exciting challenges we had some time to reflect and think about what we wanted to be when we grow up. Some of the jobs we would like to have are: firefighters, nurses, teachers, doctors, police officers and witches! Thank you, Frankie for this unplanned, extraordinary morning.
Nursery Team to the Rescue!
As part of our maths work we have been counting carefully and beginning to form our numbers. When we went to do our maths challenge this morning, it was missing! In its place was a letter from the Evil Pea. He had taken our maths work and hidden it. Could Nursery Team find the maths work and complete our challenge?
We searched all around school, even up to Year Six. We couldn’t find our maths work anywhere. Then Alfie had a super idea, he said that we needed to check outside. There it was! Our maths counting challenge was spread all over the woodland area. We collected the numbers and counted the Evil Pea pictures carefully. As an extra challenge, we even matched the number to the correct quantity.
Nursery team to the Rescue!
Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables
What an exciting week we have had! We have tasted lots of different fruits and vegetables. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful families for the food donations you have given us. We used all of our senses to investigate the food first and then tasted them. Most of us really enjoyed the melon and pineapple but many of us didn’t like the lemon. We pulled some very funny faces as we tried it! We then tasted unicorn carrots. They were amazing! They were lots of different colours but all tasted like a carrot. It boggled our minds! We then used our thumbs to rate our favourite fruit and vegetables.
Supertato at Home
Following our work on Supertato the children came into Nursery full of beans! They had lots of tales to tell about what their Supertato had got up to at home.
Supertato had been in the car with Frankie and Sonny. He had jumped on Charlie’s hands at her house. When he went to Sophie’s house, Supertato started with a nap and then played with Sophie and her brother, Thomas. He landed on Willow’s dad’s dinner plate and bounced on Alfie’s bed. These were just some of the adventures Supertato got up to. It all sounded very exciting!
Thank you, grown-ups for all your support!
Supertato to the Rescue!
Nursery Team had a very special visit from a very special character this morning. When we had finished the register we noticed that there was an interesting looking potato in our fruit and vegetable basket, along with a book. It turns out that overnight, Supertato had been into Nursery and left us a number of challenges! We had a fantastic time reading the story and describing the characters. We especially enjoyed the challenge of turning some very normal potatoes into superheroes! Supertato to the rescue!
Nursery have really enjoyed reading the story of Oliver’s Vegetables. We have learned the names of different vegetables and how they grow. As part of our work on senses, we decided to taste different vegetables, just like Oliver.
We used our sense of smell, touch and sight to investigate vegetables and then taste them. We used technology to research them further and found out that a pepper and aubergine are not a vegetable, they are actually a fruit!
We worked as a team to create a pictogram to shows Nursery’s favourite fruit/ vegetable. It was a very exciting morning!
Can you see the picture of Willow and Sophie? They brought in some very interesting vegetables from home. Do you know what they are called?
As part of our topic we have been exploring our senses, starting with the sense of ‘touch’. We have enjoyed a Touch Challenge where we had to guess the mystery hidden items, using only our hands. We then made some totally awesome hand prints, whilst experimenting with colour mixing. We thought of words to describe how the paint felt, for example, cold, slimy and soft.
Nursery Team have gone crazy for conkers, after lots of children have brought them into school! We have been using our massive maths skills to say numbers in the correct order, as well as carefully counting conkers. For an extra challenge we have also had a go at recording our work.
Anything we can do inside, we can also do outside! The sunny autumn weather has given us plenty of opportunities to get stuck into some outdoor learning, including some practical maths and problem solving challenges.
Getting to Know You (getting to know all about you)
What a wonderful start to the school year 2018-2019! We have had lots of fun getting to know each other and settling into our new classrooms. We are having a great time exploring our environment and accessing the different areas. In Foundation Stage we are singers, dancers, actors, builders, artists, explorers and so many other things. Check out the pictures of us showing what we can do!
A new school year is here!
We are very excited for the new school year and can't wait to learn and grow together. We will use our class pages to keep you updated about your child's learning, experiences and achievements. Below are some of the wonderful moments that we had last year. We are looking forward to creating many more in the coming year. Best wishes, The Foundation Team.
Percy the Park Keeper
The Treasure Hunt
As part of our new topic, Creatures and Critters, we have started reading stories about Percy the Park Keeper and his friends. We really enjoyed listening to the story The Treasure Hunt. The animals followed Percy’s clues around the park to find the treasure. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found our very own clue from Percy, in the back of the book. We followed the clues that Percy gave us all around school. The clues finally led us to the garden area. When we got there we found a very special box filled with treasure. It was very exciting! We then sat on the grass and enjoyed our chocolate reward from Percy’s treasure hunt.
Following this, we had a letter from Percy asking us to create another treasure hunt for the animals. We accepted the challenge, thought about what treasure the animals might like, and made a route for them to follow. We had a fantastic time looking at the pictures of the animals on our treasure hunt, it really made us laugh!
A Real Royal Wedding
What a wonderful week we have had! Foundation Team have taken part in lots of wedding- related activities, in the build-up to our very own Royal Wedding. The children have enjoyed designing suits, wedding dresses and cakes for the big day as well as researching information about the Royal Family and what will happen at the special event.
On Friday we came dressed to impress, ready for our Royal Wedding day. We teamed up with Year One for the wedding ceremony in the hall. Stanley led the ceremony and the guests enjoyed taking photographs and throwing confetti. Following this, we had the party of a lifetime with some of the best dancing we have ever seen. Tommy taught us how to spin on our tummies and Matthew showed us how to slide on our knees! We then had a brilliant picnic outside with sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and the buns that we had made. It really was a Royal Wedding to remember.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Nursery have had a great time reading and working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been retelling the story using words form the book; discussing the characters and using our Massive Maths Muscles to help us complete our number work (there have been plenty of magic beans to count!)
Nursery have received different challenges from the Giant, which we have had to complete. We especially enjoyed the one where we had to find all the things, in our outside area, that had taken. We then drew the objects carefully (the hen was rather tricky) and even had a go at writing labels, using our phonics.
We have planted our own magic beans and are really enjoying watching them grow. We can name the parts of a plant and say what they need to grow. We have especially enjoyed learning about how important the roots of a plant are. Check out some of our wonderful work below.
Treasure Book Look
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our parents that could make it for our Treasure Book Look. The children (and grown-ups) were so proud and excited to share the wonderful work with you. Thank you also for your parent feedback slips - we will stick them in your child’s treasure book for safe keeping. Miss Martin and Mrs Askwith x
On a sunny April day, Nursery came to join the Reception Class on their carpet. We learned a super song about how seeds grow into fruit, vegetables and flowers,
Miss Martin and Mrs Preston had a special vegetable garden for us to plant together, as a team.
We read the instructions together. First, we had to mix water and soil with the special coconut fibre. When the mixture was ready, we had to cram it into the special tank. We decided to get messy and use our hands!
We had a good look at the carrot, radish and spring onion seeds. We talked about how something so tiny does such a big job and thought back to our special song to remember what they need to help them grow. Next, we used our fingers to make holes for the seeds. Finally, we added special labels so that we would know which seeds we had planted. We can’t wait for them to start growing!
Nursery team are really enjoying our PE sessions. We can listen carefully to instructions and are using our bodies in lots of different ways. We can complete PE challenges on our own and when working with a partner. One of our favourite parts of PE is balancing on benches and jumping off safely. After our PE sessions, we can talk about the effect that it has on our bodies and why it is important to exercise and stay healthy.
Happy Easter to all of our wonderful children and families. A huge well done and thank you for all of the Easter Egg Competition entries. It was a tricky decision for our kitchen staff to make but after much deliberation Ayda was crowned the competition winner. A big well done to everyone!
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon x
Nursery team have been having a ball getting to grips with music. We have been investigating the different sounds that we can make and the correct names to call different musical instruments. We have explored how we can play to a beat and go louder and quieter. As an extra challenge, we are now choosing instruments to add to our story of the week, The Gingerbread Man. We have thought about which sound the characters would make, for example, playing castanets and a wooden block for the clip clop of a horse. We are then adding these to make our story even more exciting!
We are enjoying exploring musical sounds and using them in our play.
WORLD BOOK DAY
In Nursery, we just love books! Story books, information books, funny books, pop-up books and exciting books. Imagine our delight and anticipation when we learned that we would be taking part in World Book Day.
Unfortunately, our first attempt to celebrate this special day was thwarted by The Beast from the East! The snow stopped us in our tracks but Mr Wright kindly rescheduled the fun and festivities for the following week, on Thursday the 8th of March.
The whole team (including teachers) came dressed as characters from books. We enjoyed a fashion show and talking about which characters we had come dressed as. We read lots of stories that we had brought in from home and made special book marks to help us with our reading.
Harry, Eli and Matthew won prizes for the best dressed. What a wonderful day we had! Check out some of amazing costumes below…
Police Who help Us
As part of our topic, People Who help Us, we had a very special visit from a REAL police officer called Martin. The investigation begun in the deep, dark wood by trying to work out who had eaten the porridge and broken Baby Bears’ chair. We used hair found at the scene to work out who had done it. You’ll never guess who we found in Baby Bears’ bed? It was just who we thought, Goldilocks!
Martin then shared with us some of his protective gear and uniform, like handcuffs, super strong Velcro, protective vests and hats. We counted Martin’s pockets in his police vest, including the secret ones! Trey said that Martin needs his torch to ‘shine it in the night to see’. As a special treat, Martin showed us his baton and even let us have a go at testing his protective leg pads. Leighton thought it was ‘big awesome!’
Martin then talked about stranger danger and what police officers do to help children, grown-ups and animals. We even had the opportunity to ask questions and talk about our own experiences. It was a very special day which we will remember forever. Thank you, Martin.