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Foundation Stage New Starter Booklet


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

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.



Hi Nursery Team.

While most children are not in school, I will be uploading a weekly timetable and activities that you can follow, if you would like.  This can be found in the 'Parents' tab then scroll down to 'Home Learning'. Nursery have their own page in there for you all to access.  I hope it helps during this difficult time. Please stay safe. I'm thinking of you.

Love, Mrs Norbury xx

Hi Nursery Team. 

After the sad news that school will have to close for some children this Friday, here are some links that you might find useful over the coming weeks.


These are free EYFS home learning packs (although they will need to be printed off):


There are also:

This has all the early phonics sounds on and some games and resources too. Nursery Team are working within Phase 1-3.

This has a range of interactive games that are tailored to Early Years, and it’s free!


The 'links' page on our school website also includes quite a few Foundation Stage things and the Hungry Minds link gives lots of extra ideas. 


I am thinking of you and missing you.

Love, Mrs Norbury x

Our Wonderful World – Mrs Neill

Mrs Neill (Heath’s mummy) very kindly came into school and taught us all about cake decorating. She showed us some of the special tools that she uses to decorate the cakes and showed us how to make some of things to put on cakes, for example, a rose, butterfly and dinosaur. Mrs Neill even let us have a go at making our own cake decoration!  We really enjoyed listening and learning new skills. Thank you for your inspiration, Mrs Neill.

Our Wonderful World - Phil

Phil (Jack P’s daddy) came in to tell us all about his job. Phil showed us his special high visibility vest and we had to guess what he did as a job. He showed us his radio, camera and torch to give us more of a clue. Phil is a PCSO and works very hard to keep us all safe. He explained about different police animals and police vehicles. We were very impressed that Jack’s daddy drives a police car! Some of Nursery Team have decided that they would like to be just like Jack’s daddy when they grow up. Thank you for your inspiration, Phil.

World Book Day 2020

Our Wonderful World - Gemma

Gemma (Harper’s mummy) came in to tell us all about her job. Gemma explained all the things that she does to look after the residents in a nursing home. Gemma told us about how she gives the residents their meals and medication. She also told us about some of the things they do to keep the residents busy, for example, having therapy dogs in, children to sing and special themed days. The oldest person that Gemma cares for is 101! The children loved listening to Gemma and some think that they might like to work in a nursing home when they grow up. Thank you for your inspiration, Gemma.

Our Wonderful World - Jason

As part of our topic, Our Wonderful World, we had another very special visitor. Jason (Ellie’s Daddy) came into school and taught us all about being a dog handler. He showed us his protective vest, handcuffs and special spray to protect him. He also taught us about his dogs and how they help to keep people safe. Jason then brought in his dog, Griffin to meet us all. Griffin showed us some of the tricks that he can do and we could give him a gentle stroke. Some children said that they would like to be a dog handler when they grow up. Thank you for your inspiration, Jason.

Our Wonderful World - Bianca

As part of our topic, Our Wonderful World, we have had another very special visitor. Bianca (Rosie-Lilly’s Mummy) came in to tell us all about her job. She told us how she uses a computer and a telephone to help people in need. If there is something broken in a school, Bianca will find out the problem and send the right people in to fix it. Our very own Mrs Pollitt has had to ring Bianca before, when something has broken at Shay Lane. The children listened beautifully and have decided that some of them might like to do that job when they grow up. Thank you for your inspiration, Bianca.

Our Wonderful World - Mrs Kent

As part of our topic, Our Wonderful World, we have had a very special visitor. Mrs Kent (Marissa’s Mummy) came in to tell us all about when she used to work as a dancer on a cruise ship. She showed us some photographs of her costumes and taught us some of her dance moves! Mrs Kent had to work very hard, for a long time, to become a professional dancer. Some children in Nursery would like to be a dancer when they grow up. Thank you for your inspiration, Mrs Kent.

A Teddy Bears' Picnic

As part of our topic, Brilliant Bears, we decided to have our very own Teddy Bears’ Picnic. We used tools carefully to make a cheese or honey sandwich and brought our own teddies in from home. The plan was to have our picnic outside but due to the storm we thought it was best to eat it inside instead! We enjoyed talking to our friends and sharing our food with our teddies.

Magical Music

Nursery Team had a wonderful time investigating different musical instruments. We have learned the names of the instruments, how to play them correctly and listened to the different sounds that they make.

After that, we thought about our story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and which instruments would fit to the different parts of the story. We got into teams and added instruments to our book, for example, we used maracas for the swishy swashy grass and wooden blocks for the sound of the forest.

Chinese New Year

Nursery Team investigated what Chinese New Year was about. We watched a clip about it and named all of the things that we saw, for example, special food, fireworks, dragons, lanterns and animals. We discussed that Chinese New Year is a special celebration for Chinese people and looked at some of the things that they do to celebrate it. We also watched an interesting story called The Great Race. This showed us which animals were chosen to represent the different years of the Chinese calendar. 

After that, we tasted some special Chinese rice, spring rolls and prawn crackers. We especially enjoyed the prawn crackers!

Do bears like honey?

Nursery Team were given the question, do bears like honey? Some of us thought they do like honey and some of us though that bears do not like honey. We used the internet to find the answer to our question and… YES! Bears really do like honey. We then watched a clip of a bear trying to take the honey from a bee hive. The bear got stung by the bees but managed to eat the honey and some of the bees!

We then asked the question… do Nursery Team like honey? We made honey sandwiches and tasted them. Most of us really enjoyed the honey but some of us didn’t like it at all!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Nursery Team have been using words from the story to describe the bear:

One shiny wet nose!

Two big furry ears!

Two big goggly eyes!

We then used our feet to paint our very own bear!

Bear Paw Biscuits

As part of our topic, Brilliant Bears we created our very own bear paws using biscuits. We used tools to spread the icing and carefully counted the chocolate chips to create the paw prints. We really enjoyed it, especially eating them!

Happy New Year!

What a wonderful start to the new year, Nursery Team are having! We are very excited to welcome our new starters and have been getting stuck into lots of challenges both inside and outside the classroom.

Norman the Slug who Saved Christmas!

Nursery Team enjoyed our story about Norman so much that we ordered the Christmas version online. It arrived at school and we listened carefully to the story and joined in with the words that we know. We have even created our own Norman bauble to take home and hang on our Christmas tree!

A Magical Christmas Journey

Nursery team worked extremely hard to learn all the songs for our Nativity, A Magical Christmas Journey. We really enjoyed working with Reception and KS1 to put on a great show. We especially liked performing it to our grown-ups!

Glorious stores and Riveting Reads

Nursery team have had a super day sharing stories on our special reading day. Did you know that some books have more than one story in, some books make noises and some books are shaped like a bag?!

A very special visitor

Today, Reverend Louise came in to meet the Foundation Stage children. Our topic is Special Days and we have been talking about different times that are special and how we might celebrate them. Reverend Louise came in to teach us all about Christenings. She showed us how a Christening works and the special oil she uses. She showed us how to bless the Holy Water and pour it on the person’s head with a special shell. Reverend Louise showed us the special robes that she wears and the christening register (it has all the people’s names in that have been christened at Crofton Church). We learned a lot from Reverend Louise and even got a special sticker for listening so well, thank you.

Children in Need 2019

Nursery Team have had an exciting day raising money for Children in Need. We all came to school wearing spotty outfits and learned about why we are raising money for other children. We enjoyed different Pudsey Bear activities and showing off our spots!

Odd Socks Day 2019

As part of Anti-bullying week, Nursery Team have really enjoyed celebrating Odd Socks Day. We all came to school wearing odd socks and talked about what makes us special. We read the story, Simon Sock and talked about what we can do to be a good friend. After that, we created our very own odd sock just like in the story!

Shay Lake

Recently, we have had lots of discussions about the weather and what clothes are suitable to wear in the winter. As you know, we’ve had rather a lot of rainfall in the last couple of weeks (most of which still seems to be in our outside area!) We had a safety talk about how to take care around water and what clothes and shoes it would be best to wear in the wet weather. It turns out that even with wellies on, we still manged to get our socks wet!

Remembrance Day

Nursery Team have really enjoyed learning all about the meaning of Remembrance Day. We followed instructions to bake some special Poppy Day Buns. After that, we decorated them in a red poppy – to represent the people that were hurt or died in the war or purple – to represent the animals that were hurt or died in the war.


We started by watching some clips about fireworks and looking closely at some pictures. We discussed the shapes and colours that we saw and then created our own.

Foundation Stage’s Poppy Wreath

Nursery and Reception have been working hard to create a poppy wreath for Remembrance Day. We have handed it over to Miss Butterfield who is going to display it outside of the school for the whole community to see.

Halloween Disco 2019

A Vegetable Challenge

Yesterday, Nursery Team received a very special challenge from Supertato. We had to taste some of his vegetable friends and then show him which our favourite was, using pictures. We created a class pictogram and talked about which was Nursery’s most and least favourite vegetables. The onions didn’t go down very well!

Supertato Paintings

Today we have really enjoyed painting our very own Supertato. As we painted, we used words to describe him and talked about the things that he did in the story. Some of our ideas were: he is a goodie; he is super strong and super speedy; he saves all the vegetables and wears a red cape.

Supertato to the Rescue!

Nursery Team enjoyed reading Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell so much that we decided to read another book by the same author, Sue Hendra. We started by listening carefully and joining in with the story. We then went outside and pretended we were in the story, using words and phrases from the book.

Harvest Time

In preparation for the Harvest Festival, we have had a wonderful time learning all about Harvest. We have been using our careful counting skills to count harvest fruit and vegetables. We have been reading stories and singing songs (Our favourite is Big Red Combine Harvester!) and have created some beautiful observational drawings of harvest food.

Norman’s Doughnut Decorations

Nursery Team have been working extremely hard on their book, Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell. We have been creating repeating patterns in paint and sequencing the story using pictures. As a special treat we decided to decorate doughnuts, just like Norman’s shell. They were delicious!

Slithery, Slippery Slime!

We are enjoying our book, Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell ssooooo much that we decided to make slime! In the story, Norman uses slime to escape from the claws of a bird. We followed instructions carefully to create our own slime. It was a bit messy but we loved it!

Some slippery, slimy visitors!

Nursery Team have be reading Norman The Slug With The Silly Shell by Sue Hendra. We have had a great time drawing and painting snails and using words from the story. As a special treat, Mrs Bury brought in her African Snails from home. She told us that they like to eat cucumber, courgette and pepper but do not like watermelon! Mrs bury even let us touch them gently. We used words like slimy, slow and slithery to describe them.

A super start to Nursery

Wow! What a wonderful first couple of weeks we are having! The children are settling in really well and getting used to the new rules and routines. We are having so much fun in the different areas of provision and are really enjoying our singing and story times. Well done, Nursery Team. We are super proud of you x