Foundation Stage

Literacy within Foundation Stage 

Throughout the year children have regular phonic lessons.  The children read frequently from a range of colour banded books.  Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree.  The phonics scheme we follow is Read Write Inc.

Nursery Class Curriculum Overview - Planning information for parents 

Click  to view Academic Year 2017 / 2018 as a separate document or view below


Click  to view Summer Term 2018 for Nursery Classes as a separate document or view below


Reception Class Curriculum Overview - Planning information for parents 

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Click  to view Summer Term 2018 for Reception Classes as a separate document or view below

What do we do all day in the Early Years Foundation Stage?

Please read below or click  to view an informative presentation about the work we undertake in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Millfield School. This information was shared with parents/carers during a Workshop held on 21st November 2017.


Reading and Phonics Workshop

Please read below or click  to view an explanation of reading and phonics.  This covers both teaching in school and how parents/carers can support this learning at home.



The Nursery and Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum comprising 3 prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language with 4 Specific Areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Your child will learn to develop an awareness of their own needs and be sensitive to the needs of others. They will form a variety of relationships with other members of the class. They will have the opportunity to gain confidence, selecting activities and resources independently. Your child will work as part of the whole class, a group or individually, taking turns and learning to share and learning to listen to each other. Activities will include circle time, snack time and adult led group time.


Physical Development

This includes developing your child’s fine and gross motor skills as they learn to handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials with increasing control. Activities will include cutting, cooking, threading and construction. Your child will be taught how to hold a pencil effectively, establish good pencil control and form their letters clearly. Activities will include tracing, writing in sand, chalking and lots more besides! Developing body awareness and co-ordination is taught through PE sessions (Gym, ball skills, Dance and Music and Movement). Health and self-care is also taught through PE and many cooking and growing activities.

Communication and Language

Your child will experience a variety of activities where they will develop further their skills in speaking, listening and understanding. Activities will include Show and Tell times, Drama and Role Play. Your child will be introduced to listening to letter sounds and blends and rhymes through specific phonics teaching throughout each week.



Reading is encouraged through access to many different types of books both in the classroom and the school library. Story times allow your child to see how reading is fun. Your child will bring home library books to share and when the time is right books from our reading scheme. Please encourage your child to talk about the pictures and story. Writing is closely connected to our phonics work within the classroom and your child will be taught the correct letter formation for their name and letter sounds and blends that we are concentrating on in class.

Click  to view a letter formation sheet showing each letter shape with a solid line.  This sheet can be used to help your child practice.

Click  to view a letter formation sheet showing each letter shape with a directional arrow.  This sheet can be used to help your child practice.


Through a variety of practical activities your child will be taught to count sets of objects, work with shape and experience simple measuring activities. They will develop these skills during adult led group times and during child initiated learning (CIL), for example, playing in the sand (measuring and capacity), building with construction toys (problem solving), and printing (shape).


Understanding the World

In this area of learning, your child will develop the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in History, Geography, Science, Design and Technology and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). Activities are based on first hand experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, predication and discussion. Your child will have access to computers within the Nursery and Reception class and to a well-equipped ICT suite within the School. They will learn to use ICT to support their learning.

Expressive Arts and Design

Your child will be encouraged to use their imagination in Art and Design, Music, Dance and Drama. Musical experience will include working with rhythm, percussion instruments, songs and dance. Art will include lots of exciting and messy activities where we use a variety of media including clay, paint, glue and collage materials. Art is about self-expression and exploration and we encourage individuality.