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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.

Outdoor Learning

In our Foundation Stage Unit, we like to take our learning outside. When we are outside, we can develop our skills and confidence, as well as having a lot of fun. When learning is fun, we feel like we can do anything!

Check out these fabulous photographs of our outdoor activities...




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!




When the frost was sparkling on a November morning, we decided to wrap up warm and investigate. We discovered sheets of ice on the outdoor writing desk so we started to chip away at it. Imagine our joy when we discovered different shapes in the icicles! 

Later, we wanted to know what would happen if the ice came inside. Predictions were made and the ice was brought inside for us to monitor. We had lots of fun checking the ice until it melted into water. 

Spider Excitement!

When Mrs Preston went to get the treasure books, the last thing she expected to see was a gigantic spider. What a surprise! The children were all eager to have a good look. We named him Elvis and decided to take him outside, to safety.  This was a super opportunity to talk about living things and how they should be treated with care and respect. Elvis is now alive and well, living in the outdoor area.

The Number Gnome

We have an extra member in our class, called The Number Gnome. He is cheeky and sneaky, and always sets challenges for us to complete! He recently challenged us to add numbers together...


Our new topic this half term is Winter Wonderland. In Reception, the children made a mind map to show what they would like to know about animals in colder climates. 

Our first Winter Wonderland story was 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. After reading our story, we became 'Drama Llamas' and acted out parts of the story. We enjoyed this activity so much that we took our drama into the hall and acted out the different parts, in the correct order. Check out the fabulous pictures of the children scooping snow, running, jumping, swimming and snuggling down in their caves, just like real polar bears!