Coniston C Of E Primary School

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16th January 21
Trail : home / Classes : Nursery and Reception


Miss J Beaumont: Class Teacher

Welcome to the Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage Curriculum


Through a carefully structured curriculum we aim to provide opportunities for children to take part in some activities planned by adults but also, more importantly, those that they initiate

themselves.The curriculum is planned over six areas.  These are Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication, Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Physical development, Creative development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  Each area plays an important part in your child’s education.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Successful personal, social and emotional development is vital if children are to succeed in other areas of learning.


We want children to feel secure, to build their confidence and develop their independence, so that they may establish effective relationships with other children, in an atmosphere in which positive attitudes such as tolerance, fair play and honesty are valued.


We also hope to make them aware of other cultures and beliefs, developing sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.


Communication and Language

The development and use of communication and language is at the heart of young children’s learning.  At Coniston children are encouraged to talk about their experiences, listen attentively and respond to their peers.  They are also encouraged to listen and respond to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems.  Through a variety of books we aim to help the children understand that print carries meaning and that in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom.  We also have a wide variety of activities to promote fine motor skills and pencil control.  


Literacy Reading and Writing

It's important for children to develop phonemic awareness - the ability to hear and identify different sounds, and also to start reading and writing.


Maths. Numbers. Space, Shape and Measure

A mixture of well planned, structured activities and child - led spontaneous events are used to develop mathematical understanding.  Activities including singing, role play, puppets, board games, ring games, outdoor play and cooking are all used to encourage skills such as counting, sorting, matching, sequencing, shape, colour and number recognition.


Understanding the World

Understanding of the world covers the children’s scientific, geographical and historical learning.  We aim to give all children the opportunity to experience activities that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, decision making and discussion.  Work outdoors is a vital part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum; therefore most weeks we take the children on an ‘outdoor adventure’ to let the children explore their local, natural environment.  The focus of these weekly visits varies according topics and more importantly to the imagination and interests of the children. 


Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and design is an integral part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum.  All children have immediate and free access to a wide range of experiences to help develop their imaginative and creative abilities.  Through activities such as painting, printing, collage, malleable materials, junk modelling, dance, drama, singing and story telling, they are encouraged to explore sound and colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions.


Physical Development

Children bring a wide range of physical skills with them when they arrive. We aim to give them the opportunity to practise these and develop new gross and fine motor skills. PE sessions with large and small apparatus, games and dance sessions and outdoor play are all well planned so as to be appropriate to the individual needs of the children, encouraging confidence and knowledge of their own bodies. 




PE - On Wednesdays Reception and Nursery have the opportunity to use the hall for a PE session. To take partin this safely children will need plimsolls/ pumps, shorts and a t-shirt.



Outdoor Adventure - every Friday, come rain or shine, we aim to take the children out to explore their local, natural environment. Tjis may be a woodland walk, usually Guard's Wood, a visit to the lake or could be nased on school grounds exploring our own garden, 'woods' and pond area. Please ensure your chil brings suitable clothing on a Friday, wellies and waterproofs are never know when the heavens may open in our Lakeland climate! 


Show and Tell – at circle time on Friday children can ‘show and tell’ about their favourite memories, toys, stories or about anything they like. We only ask that anything they bring in is not too special and is kept on their peg until ‘show and tell time’.


The four guiding principles

There are four guiding principles in the EYFS. It's important that these principlies are used when implementing the 7 learning and development areas:

1. That every child is unique. 

2. That every child can learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

3. That children learn and develop best in enabling environments.

4. That children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.


Click on the links below to see photographs of work that we have done this year.

Brockhole trip : Flash file (2184.1k)