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Foundation 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs Shaw

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Perkins

Miss McCafferty

Miss Lax

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.

It is vital that the children quickly learn a broad vocabulary, in order to understand the learning in nursery and be able to express themselves.  A broader vocabulary will support them to communicate their needs and help them form relationships with their peers.

In order to do this, each week the teaching activities and resources will be based on a specific theme, which focuses on useful, new language.    The children will have lots of opportunity to practice their newly acquired language skills through their play and supported activities with staff. 

This term the language we will be focusing on is parts of the body, clothes and homes.  The books we will be using to support this will be :

Buster Gets Dressed

Washing Line

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


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Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Ruth Kay & Clare Wilson

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