Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We love learning in Early Years! In both Nursery and Reception we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. There are 7 areas of learning which are divided into the prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design).


Project: A new school year is here! Welcome to the new children starting at Foxfield this year and welcome back to the children from last year. We are looking forward to starting this year with our topic “All About Me” within this we will investigate how we are both the same and different from our friends and how our bodies work.  Our core text this term is “My world, your world” by Melanie Walsh, with supporting texts such as “Funnybones” by Janet and Ahlberg.

Maths-As the children settle in we will create real life learning experiences to develop their understanding of shape and number in the environment. A local walk will connect where we live and different shapes of building and numbers all around us.

Role play-Our role play area this half term is a Baby Clinic, where the children can play alongside their friends, taking on the role of medical staff and parents. It is a great opportunity to practice their communication and language skills to reflect their own experiences

Parents and carers can support their children's learning at home through reading with them every day, helping them to develop their mark-making and writing skills to write their name and to recognise and talk about the shapes they see. If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.


Project:  This term’s topic is ‘Whoever you are’ taken from the title of our core text. This book allow us to explore the cultural diversity within our school and celebrate the children’s uniqueness. We will focus on the similarities and differences between ourselves and develop our knowledge of other languages, foods, religions and cultures. The children will be encouraged to talk about their homes and their families and share what makes them special.

Maths: Children develop their number skills through practical experiences. Our focus will see children reading, writing, matching and counting numbers to 10. Through our topic of ‘Whoever you are’, we will spend time looking at different homes around the world and the children will be exploring shapes through both two and three dimensions. 

Other areas

Art: Children will explore and experiment with printing and mark making techniques to create cultural prints. Using a variety of 2D and 3D shapes children will create representations of their homes and develop an understating of materials, their form and function.

Role play- This half term each class represents a different home, in Maple Class there is a Chinese home, in Walnut, there is an Indian home and in Chestnut Class there is an African home.

Please come into the classrooms and take a look at the amazing provision for learning that we have to play and imagine in every day.We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school and are actively seeking parent volunteers for our class trips and classroom support.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you are able to help.

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Websites to try at home

Throughout the year the Reception children will be attending education visits. The details of the trips will be sent to you separately nearer the time. Please see your child’s class teacher if you are interested in supporting us.

To see some images from our learning please click here

If you would like some information on how to help your children at home please click here

Please click here to read the statutory framework for the Key Person Approach.

If you need anymore information about the Foundation stage, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Miss Williams, our Foundation stage phase leader.