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Shiney Row Primary

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Foundation Stage - Nursery And Reception


Early Years Foundation Stage

Our vision is simple and is reflected in our school motto ‘We Inspire, We Challenge, We Care’ through creative, innovative and engaging activities led by great practitioners, our children are inspired, enthused and motivated to learn.

We aim to:

  • provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment for learning
  • enable pupils to fulfil their potential academically and socially
  • promote positive partnerships between staff, children, parents and governors
  • create a climate of mutual respect and unity
  • ensure equality for all


Everyone in our early year’s community deserves…

  • to be happy and enjoy learning
  • to feel safe
  • to be treated fairly and with respect
  • to be encouraged and supported to achieve their very best
  • to access a highly engaging curriculum


Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is designed to create learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each child. The overarching principle is to recognise that every child is a unique child who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Working in partnership with children and their families we aim to develop independence and the ability to forge positive relationships. Our learning environments are both stimulating and challenging. They provide unlimited possibilities for children to develop explore, have fun, play, express themselves and develop into happy, confident individuals.


Prime Areas:

Communication and Language

We provide a rich and stimulating environment which encourages children to develop their skills and confidence to express themselves: and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Role play, retelling of stories and play are essential in acquiring these skills.

Physical Development

We provide endless opportunities for our children to be active, developing their coordination, control and movement skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We support children in developing their social skills and how to manage their feelings. Children learn to share, take turns and respect others. All children are seen as unique individuals with special qualities that make them who they are.

Specific Areas


Reading and sharing books for learning and pleasure is at the heart of what we do within the Early Years.  It is an essential life tool that opens up a world of new ideas, opportunities and fun for our pupils.  Through our literacy program children learn to links sounds and letters in order to read and write. Our core phonics program in Reception is Read Write Inc Phonics.   We have an extensive range of Reading Schemes including Rising Stars, Oxford Reading Tree, and Songbirds.  We ensure that all books are in immaculate condition and we teach pupils that books are precious and should be looked after.


Through a range of highly practical activities children develop early mathematical skills including counting, number recognition, ordering numbers and describing shapes.

Understanding the World

Children are encouraged to talk about their own lives both past and present and to identify/observe similarities and differences between living things, places and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children are encouraged to experience and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They are positively encouraged to express themselves through art, music, dance and role-play.