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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.

Massive Maths

In Reception Class, we have a friend called The Number Gnome. He just loves numbers and can be a little bit sneaky and cheeky, setting challenges for us to do and making a fuss about various things. 

This week, The Number Gnome has gone bonkers for conkers, after lots of children brought them into school! Today, he was making a fuss about his number cards because they had been muddled up during busy time and he needed to check that they were all there. We worked as a whole team to order the numbers and check, then we broke off into smaller teams to match quantities of conkers to the numbers. We had a fabulous time and even noticed that The Number Gnome was wearing his happy beard by the end of the challenge!


Outdoor Learning

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.


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Getting to Know You (getting to know all about you)

What a wonderful start to the school year! 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!

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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. Here 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.


We have had lots of fun getting to know each other and doing lots of activities for our topic of All About Me.

We worked in teams to draw around each other and label our body parts. One of our favourite moments was when we decided to draw around Mrs Preston! The following photographs will show you how good we are at working in a team. Teamwork makes the dream work!