Curriculum – Foundation & Reception

The Foundation Stage Curriculum – Nursery & Reception

Please also see our Year Group Pages for a term view:  Nursery  or  Reception.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) supports the development of children from birth to the age of 5 and provides the long term planning framework for both the nursery and the reception classes in our school.  The welcome guide for parents can be downloaded here.

It is divided into 7 areas of learning; activities and learning experiences are planned across the year that support children’s development in all these 7 areas.

The areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy ( Early reading and writing – see separate section for more information)
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In accordance with the principles of the EYFS a lot of the detailed topic planning is carried out in the shorter term so that activities can reflect the developing interests of the children.  Your child’s teacher will give you information about what your child is going to be learning at the beginning of each half term.

Popular Foundation Stage topics include:

The changing seasons Special events (e.g. Christmas, Easter)
Colours People who help us
Toys Growing and changing (plants and animals)
Patterns Holidays and the seaside
Dinosaurs Builders and buildings
Pirates Traditional Stories (Fairy Tales)
Transport Art and artists
Homes and families
Favourite stories (work inspired by popular children’s authors)

Curriculum 2018/19

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Enquiry based Topic

YN – Who am I?

YR – What Do I need?

What goes bang? Where will I go? How will I get there? Do-you-think-he-saw-us? How does your garden grow? What can I see on the sea?
Core Stories

Elmer, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Gingerbread man (YN)

Rainbow Fish, Mr Grumpy’s Motorcar(YN)

Peace at last, Aliens love underpants, Whatever next 3 little pigs, Dear zoo, Goldiocks and the 3 bears, Little Red Riding Hood Brown bear, Brown Bear, Were going on a bear hunt, The Gruffalo, Each Peach Pear Plum, The Very Good Dinosaur – Mick Inkpen Jaspers Beanstalk, Little Red Hen, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Farmer Duck

Dear Zoo,

Rainbow Fish, Kippers Beach Ball


Face biscuits/buns

Fruit salad

Christmas baking

Firework cookies


Chinese Food


Green Jelly

Chocolate nests

Fruit kebabs

Fruit tarts

Melon boats

Ice cream/ice lollies


Home corner


Home corner – bonfire night enhancements

Sound studio

Home corner – winter enhancements


Home corner – dinosaur enhancement

Dinosaur world

Home corner – babies


Garden Centre

Home corner – holiday enhancements, suitcases etc.

Ice cream parlour



Mrs Navas

Rev Steve Beck

Visit by a Musician

Steve Beck – Nativity story



Visit by RAC, Pilot, air hostess


Visit by a dinosaur – education group

Visit to an allotment or by a farmer Visit to The Deep, Seaside
Christian Values Friendship, Thankfulness, justice, reverence, compassion Peace, creation Creation, Hope, trust, service, wisdom Creation, forgiveness, koinonia, friendship Creation, wisdom, thankfulness, hope, endurance Creation, endurance, koinonia, wisdom, thankfulness
Understanding The World

Celebrating differences, staying healthy


Celebrations – significant events, seasonal changes, recording sounds and songs Moving parts, comparing how different types of transport move, comparing different places Similarities and differences between the dinosaurs and where they live. Growing and changes during the growth cycle, What do they need to grow Floating and Sinking, comparing sea creatures, contrasting environments
Events Harvest Festival, divali Bonfire Night, Christmas, St Andrew Valentine’s day, Chinese New Year Easter, Mothering Sunday, St David, St Patrick


St George

Father’s Day

Sport’s Day,

Parent Sessions Face or Body collages, Personal passport, Fish print with celery/CD fish Christmas Craft Activity Making vehicles that move, sorting vehicles, make a map Mother’s Day Breakfast/afternoon tea Plant sunflower, outdoor art Boat building, staying safe in the sun poster