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Foundation Stage New Starter Booklet

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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.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We have really enjoyed reading all about Goldilocks. We have produced some amazing work that has gone into our treasure books. We have written a sorry letter to the bears, we invited them to a teddy bears picnic and made jam sandwiches. We even enjoyed some porridge! 

Enjoy looking at some lovely pictures!


Massive Maths!

We have been looking at doubling in Maths, we have learnt the best way to double is by using ladybirds because ladybirds have the same number of spots on each side of their body (fun fact!)

We have done some amazing work in our Maths books but also on an afternoon we enjoy our carousel time, which is a time where we can enjoy different activities independently which Miss Rogers has taught us that week. 



Chinese New Year 

We enjoyed lots of lovely food when it was Chinese New Year, we tasted egg fried rice, prawn crackers and vegetable spring rolls. We like the prawn crackers the best. 

We watched a video on the Chinese dragon dance, this inspired us to make our own dragon masks and try to practice our dancing too!

 Shay Lake arrived AGAIN!


We have had lots of horrible weather recently! We have had to enjoy lots of inside busy time as we could not get outside as the playground had flooded. 


Some of us did enjoy a little run around in the HUGE puddle! 



A big thank you to Miss Whipp in Year 2 for organising an AMAZING pancake making event! 

Miss Rogers helped us measure out the ingredients that we needed to make the pancake batter. Some of us then helped to whisk the mixture together. When it was time to make the pancakes Mrs Asquith moved a table in front of the oven to keep us safe. We listened carefully to the sizzle of the pancakes when they went into the really hot pan. We enjoyed lemon and sugar, honey and jam on our pancakes. 

Our favourite topping was jam!

Our Wonderful World

As part of our new topic, we have been looking at the jobs grown ups do. One of the dads from nursery was kind enough to come into school and show us the job he does. 

It is a special job because he needs a dog to help him, he is a dog handler and he catches baddies. We learnt about how he rescues dogs from places and finds bad guys in the night. 


He has a dog called Night but he was sleeping that day because he works at night time so he brought Griffin into school to see us. 

We were very brave when Griffin came into the hall and some of us even stroked him.  

World Book Day 2020


What an amazing day! We all came to school dressed as our favourite character from a book. We were so excited to show our friends. 

We enjoyed lots of activities from drawing our favourite character to designing a book mark to use when we are reading at home. 


In Reception, we are using our phonics to help us read, we LOVE reading! 

The more we read, the more words we learn, the more interesting sentences we can write!