Foundation Stage 2

Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) Basics

Our aim is to make your child’s time in FS2 an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable experience which will establish the skills necessary for successful learning and development and will also inspire within them the joy of discovery and the desire to know more.

The Early Years are a crucial time in your child’s life, ideas and attitudes laid down at this stage will have a profound effect on their approach to future learning. We look to provide all children with a world class learning environment in which they feel safe, secure and valued. 

What are the timings of the school day? 7.25am – 12.30pm
Where do children learn? 3 classrooms (with 1 teacher and 1 inclusion assistant in each),
1 shared classroom,
1 shaded outdoor learning area
Where should I collect my child at the end of the day? Children should be collected from their classrooms (please use the gate closest to Foundation Stage when collecting).
What do children need to bring to school? School bag, Snacks and water,
Spare clothes including socks and underwear,
Crocs (or similar footwear)
Can my child borrow books? Foundation Stage have a library session each week. Children will take out a book and return it the following week.

What will FS2 pupils learn?

The Foundation Stage Curriculum consists of 7 areas of learning:

1. Personal, social and emotional development
2. Communication and language
3. Physical development
4. Literacy: We follow Ruth Misking’s Read Write Inc scheme for phonics.
5. Mathematics
6. Understanding the world
7. Expressive arts and design

Characteristics of Effective Learning

We want your child to be an effective learner. In order to do this we know that certain attitudes and skills will enable them to both engage more in the learning opportunities available and make good progress. The new curriculum asks us to specifically look for, encourage and develop these traits and attitudes.

To support your child in developing The Characteristics of Effective Learning outlined in the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage document we have devised our 6Rs. Each of the qualities we wish to develop in order to make our children effective learners is associated with a specific creature. View 'Characteristics of an effective learner' - PDF

Resilient Spider


Resourceful Bee


Risk-taking Cat

spider   bee   cat
A spider works hard and keeps on trying even if they find something tricky and they don’t get it right the first time.   Bees try to solve problems in different ways, using what they know and getting things to help them.   A cat always has a go at their learning or new experiences and is proud of who they are.

Reflective Owl


Respectful Lion


Relationships Meerkat

owl   Lion   Meerkat
An owl tries to use what they have learnt in the past to help them, they can tell you what they have learnt and can check their work and say what they need to get better at.   A lion is happy to listen to other people and their ideas. They show best manners to EVERYBODY.   Meerkats work together as a team with EVERYBODY

Behaviour and Rewards

We have a consistent approach across Nursery and Reception to encouraging good behaviour including praise and rewards, class rules, warnings and thinking time.

Each day a child will be chosen as the ‘Star of the Day’ – rewards are not only for academic achievements, they can also be for behaviours including listening, being a good friend or making good choices.

We use a stop, think, talk and make up approach to handling conflict.