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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.

PE is Important

In EYFS, Physical Development is one of our prime areas of learning. We have to experiment with different ways of moving and negotiate space successfully. We are constantly consolidating our learning about the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet. On this particular day, we were lucky enough to have a session with our PE coach, Mr Bilcliffe. Mrs Baxter, one of our governors, also joined in. If you look carefully, you may see her doing graceful gymnastics on these photographs. By the end of the session, I'm not sure who was more tired - the children or the adults! Mrs Baxter praised Reception Class for their boundless energy and enthusiasm. It was hard to take pictures because they were moving so much!

Hunting for (more) 3D Shapes

Brian The Beetle sent us another note today! He challenged us to name the 3D shapes that we have been learning about, and then to find at least one of each shape, out in the school environment.

We love a challenge, so we immediately set to it. We made our own clipboard checklist and worked in small teams to find and name different shapes. We then ticked off each shape when we returned to class. Brian didn’t trick us today! We are well on our way to becoming 3D Shape Masters!


Children in Need


In Reception Class we have had an exciting day raising money for Children in Need. We came to school wearing spotty outfits and learned about why/how we raise money for other children. We did lots of fun Pudsey bear activities and had a whale of a time, showing off our spots! 


School dinners are cool dinners

After our new lunch-choosing system experienced some technical difficulties, a small group of children decided to make a lunch book and order food in the old fashioned way. Chicken nuggets and pizza were the most popular choices on the paper menu. The children told each other the options and then used their exciting writing skills to make a record. Well done, guys! If the system has any more problems, we will send you up to help Mrs Pollitt in the office!

Getting Into Shape

We couldn’t believe our eyes when a message from Brian (the beetle) popped up on Mrs Preston’s computer! He had been very cheeky and had hidden Number Gnome’s 3D shapes. First, we learned a groovy song about 3D shapes and then we set off on a hunt to find the rogue shapes. When we returned to class, we talked to each other and thought of different ways to sort the shapes. We made a class mind map of our ideas and then got to work, as a big team. We thought of lots of different places for the rainbow sphere, including matching it to colours and shapes. Some children even stayed in the area during busy time, to listen to the song and further investigate the 3D shapes.

Forever Friends

As part of Anti-Bullying week, we have been learning all about our differences and similarities. We read ‘Simon Sock’ by Sue Hendra and realised that it is OK to be different! Working as a team, we recorded our thoughts in a class mind-map. Even though we don’t all look the same, or like the same things, we are all good friends. And that’s what is important. To express our individuality, and celebrate friendship, we each decorated our own odd sock puppet. In a special assembly, we shared our work with the rest of the school.

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day is an important part of our culture, and w have been learning all about it in our EYFS unit. In Reception Class, the children accessed the Creative Craft materials and made their very own poppies. 

We also worked as a Foundation Stage  Team to create a wreath for the display outside school, which Miss Butterfield created to share with the community.

Whilst learning about the meaning of different coloured poppies, Nursery baked and decorated delicious buns, to look like these beautiful flowers. Imagine our delight here in Reception Class when we learned that Mrs Norbury and the team had baked enough for us, too! We found out that red poppies help us to remember soldiers and purple poppies are for animals, then we decorated the generously donated buns in these colours. Thank you, Nursery team!

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!

It must be slug, slug , slug!

Imagine our excitement when we found a real life SLUG on the construction crates. Some children thought that it was a snail so we discussed the differences between these amazing creatures, linking our knowledge to one of Nursery’s favourite books: Norman, the slug with the silly shell. We talked about the fact we need to be kind and careful with living creatures and decided to put BillyBob into the mud, where he would be happier. Lots of children then carefully observed BillyBob, noticing the similarities and differences between him and other creatures, including that fact that he travels very slowly! The children took pictures of the slug, and each other, using Mrs Preston’s ipad.

Library Time

Our school library is a wonderful place, where we can be transported to other worlds and dimensions. Here we are, enjoying a story and choosing our own books to take home.

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!