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Foundation Stage

Welcome to Foundation Stage



We are looking forward to a fabulous and fun filled year in Foundation Stage. All of the information relevant to Nursery and Reception will be available on this page. If you need any additional information please speak to a member of staff. 


Foundation Stage Staff:

Mrs Casson: Phase 1 Leader and Foundation Stage Teacher

Foundation Stage Teachers: Mrs Christopher and Mrs Ainsworth

Support staff: Miss Cotton, Mrs Renshaw, Miss Wilding and Miss Byrne


Reception times: 8.50- 3.10

Our Nursery session is currently only an afternoon session from 12.15 - 3.15 


Please bring your child into Foundation Stage each morning. As part of our safeguarding, one member of staff will be supervising the door and may not be available to talk. Please speak to any other member of staff should you have any queries or require any information.

Please join your child for a short activity or story at the start of the session. The door will be open until 9.00 and we hope you take this opportunity to spend a few minutes with your child. We look forward to seeing you there. 


Please ensure your child has their coat in school every day. The weather can be changeable, we spend lots of time outdoors and children need to be dressed appropriately. 


The children will be spending the next few weeks becoming familiar with the environment, building relationships with staff and children and setting into new routines. Staff will be working with children in groups and 1:1 to get to know the children and observing them in all areas of the setting as part of the baseline assessments we complete during the first few weeks at school.


Across school the 'R' words underpin our values at Phoenix and over the next few weeks the children will be talking about RESPECT, RESILIENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY and how important they are.


Children in Foundation Stage are encouraged to develop a 'can do' attitude and are always supported by staff to 'have a go'. We ask parents to support this growth mindset and encourage children to try activities for themselves, have a go at hanging up their own coats, put on their own shoes and find their own belongings. These are some of the tasks the children will be encouraged to do independently in school. 


​​​​​​​This half term as part of our topic 'Magical Me, Unique You' the children will be talking about their family and friends and identifying who is special to them and why. They will share a range of stories about friends and spend time thinking about how they can be good friends in school. 







A message from Mrs Sue Evans-science lead teacher at Phoenix.

Hello to our Foundation Stage parents and carers. My name is Mrs. Sue Evans and I am the lead teacher for science in the school. 


During the year 2018-19 I am covering Mrs Christopher's PPA time on Wednesday mornings.

We will be focusing on the "Understanding the World" part of the early years curriculum with a specific focus on the science aspect of this area.



Topics and activities: 


Autumn term 1 2018:

My body and senses- naming body parts and how they link with the 5 senses.

Healthy eating-what makes a healthy meal?


Autumn term 2 2018:

Continuing healthy eating and investigating how exercise helps us keep healthy. Investigating what happens to our heart beat after exercise. 


Animals of their young-matching up animal young with the adult.



Spring term 1 2019:

Weather and seasonal changes. Looking at polar habitats and what animals in the artic eat.


Spring term 2 2019.

Plants and growth-planting bulbs and seeds. What do plants need to grow and survive? Planting cress seeds and bulbs in the bio dome.



Summer term 1 2019.

STEAM activities-watch out for more details!


Summer term 2 2019.




Foundation Stage Information