Foundation 1 2018 - 2019

Mrs Hanson

Miss Gallagher

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shaw

Teaching Assistant

In Foundation Stage 1 the children are encouraged to become independent learners and critical thinkers, therefore our curriculum is child-led. This means we will explore and develop children’s own thoughts and interests. Lastly, we will observe the characteristics of the children’s learning, for instance whether a child shows curiosity about objects, events and people.

The ways in which the children in Foundation Stage 1 engage with other people, including their peers and the learning environment underpin the learning and development across all areas of learning and support the children to remain an effective and motivated learner. We hope to encourage the children in the setting to play and explore, be an active learner and create and think critically, through the seven areas of learning which include:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Physical Development
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the World
  7. Expressive Arts and Design


In Foundation Stage 1 we focus on the Prime areas of learning which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

Communication and Language

The children will experiment with sounds in the environment. They will begin to develop a repertoire of songs and rhymes and begin to join in with familiar stories. The children will have the opportunity to give meaning to the marks they make.

Physical Development

The children will be able to play inside and outside of nursery every day.  Once a week we will also use the school hall to do "Sticky Kids".  The program helps children to become  better co-ordinated, better balanced, more agile and it improves their concentration and listening skills. Plus it’s fun!

Personal, social & emotional development

The main focus for Nursery will be in this area, as adults will be establishing routines and boundaries for the new children as well as reminding the older children of the expectations. There will be lots of emphasis on sharing, taking turns and modeling how to play kindly with others.

These are the Specific areas of learning:


We hope the children will take a keen interest in the huge range of books on offer, both fiction and non-fiction. The children will be read a book by an adult. The adults will continue to encourage the children to mark make in a variety of different ways. We also offer a childrens library and change books on Wednesdays.


The children will be learning counting rhymes and songs in order to practise saying number names in the correct order. They will begin to use their number knowledge to count items in their play such as how many cups they have in the home corner. Children will begin to sort objects by colour, size and shape.

Understanding of the World

The children will be learning about a variety of topics throughout the year, such as Food, Clothing, Body parts and Furniture. They will also explore season changes from summer to Autumn and how animals are affected by this. We will also explore and learn about celebrations that occur during the different terms such as Bonfire Night, Eid, Christmas, Easter and Diwali.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will explore creating on a small and large scale. We will encourage the children to use a range of materials and media such as paint, playdough, cardboard boxes, chalk and glue. The children will also access the home corner and small world areas across the setting, such as the home and farm. These areas will encourage children’s social and emotional development as well as help develop their imaginations.




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Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834