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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.

Mystery Box

When we came into class today we spotted a gigantic, mysterious ‘Super Box’ in the reading corner. Our owl friend, Clive, didn’t know what was going on so he needed our help to solve the mystery. There was lots of excitement as we discussed the box and decided what it may be, and what we might do with it. In the end, the team decided that it must be a super hero box that would give us super powers and take us to destinations far away. The children worked as a team to decorate the box and they used their imaginations to then make up super hero games and stories. When the SuperBox was complete, we even used our super powers of tidying up to remove all the sequins and paper from the floor. If you look closely at these photographs, you may even spot our caretaker, Mr Smith (or Mr Crag, as the children like to call him), donning a cape and flying to a different realm with the SuperBox!

We need a hero... We're holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night!

In Reception Class this week, we have been investigating our topic of People Are Important! The children became fascinated by superheroes, so we learned some songs and stories about super people with super powers. We also decided that not all heroes wear capes, and that a superhero may have the power of kindness or happiness or helpfulness. We talked about what our own superpower could be and made our very own superheroes to take home and keep. Lots of the heroes then had adventures at home, which they came back and shared with the class. 

We've got to be strong, and we've got to be tough and we've got to be larger than life!

Order, Order!

The Number Gnome is a cheeky fellow who loves numbers, shapes and patterns. Every day, he makes a fuss because he likes to count the children after our register. But today….HE WAS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN! We decided to keep calm and look for clues. The children wanted to see if he was in the number tile box but when they checked there was just an empty box, with a clue stuck to it. We soon figured out that Brian (a fan of numbers and practical jokes) had played a trick, hiding the numbers outside so that Number Gnome would have to go and find them. We set off like a team of spies, ready to investigate the situation. Imagine our surprise and delight when we found numbers all over the playground, plus a very grumpy Number Gnome! We worked as a team to round up the numbers, before putting them in order from one to twenty because nobody wanted the Number Gnome to be wearing his grumpy beard all day. We are well on our way to becoming Massive Maths Masters!

Froggy Phonics

In Reception Class, we have been learning how to feed Fred’s Froggy Friends. The children worked as a whole class team to identify the sounds on each frog’s tummy. We then had lots of fun, looking at the hilarious pictures and deciding which frog to feed them to. We sorted the following sounds into the frogs’ tummies: m, s, d, p and t. Some children then accessed the phonics area with their friends, to continue their learning. We had a bit of a laugh about the fact that Simon Cowell went into the S frog's tummy. We don't think he will be letting us through to the next round of Britain's Got talent!

Worms Away!

Imagine our sense of surprise and wonder when we realised that actual real worms are living in our outdoor area! We talked about the fact that worms are living things, just like us, and that we should be very gentle with them. The children were really careful, taking turns to observe the worms and discussing them. We are now waiting for a rainy day, because we learned that worms love rain!

First Week Fun!

During our first week in Reception Class, we had lots of fun getting to know each other and exploring all the different activities on offer. Check out this selection of pictures, where you can see us choosing our own resources and doing things our own way. What a wonderful start to the school year!