Hello and welcome to our Foundation Stage Unit at St. Mary’s!

Foundation Stage is a fun and exciting place to be! We learn through both child initiated and adult directed, play based activities in our large, recently extended, stimulating indoor environment, as well as in our well-equipped outdoor yard and grassed learning spaces.

Our Vision

Please click on the link below to see our vision for all of the pupils within the EYFS at our school…

Our Foundation Stage Friends

We have 3 classes within the Foundation Stage Unit: Afternoon Nursery, Morning Nursery and Reception. Please click on the drop down menu next to Foundation Stage Unit to find out information about each class.

Within our Foundation Stage unit we take children from the term after their 3rd birthday, and they stay with us until the end of their Reception year. We also offer 30 hours provision for those children of families who are eligible – this is available for children in both morning and afternoon Nursery year groups. For more information about the government’s 30 hours scheme please click on the link below.

Foundation Stage topic and themes

Within the unit we have a 2 year rolling programme of topics and themes which we base learning activities and provision around. These are wide ranging and varied and take into account different interests and needs of the children as well as enabling us to provide the children with an extensive breadth of experiences and learning to ensure they develop holistically across all 7 areas of the Development Matters curriculum. Topics and themes form the basis of our planning but these are enhanced and amended if necessary to build on different interests and needs of the children.

Long term plan

Please click on the link below to see the long term plan which shows our two year rolling programme of topics and themes, as well as visits, visitors and experience days which will be used to enhance and enrich the children’s learning within each half term.