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Welcome to FS1!


We are a class that really enjoy learning through play.  We have a great classroom with lots of fun resources to help us learn. Our Foundation Stage team carefully plan teaching and learning to take account of children’s individual needs and interests.


We are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and our activities are planned around the 7 areas of learning. 


We always have high expectations for good behaviour and working happily together in our unit and this is supported by our Five Finger rules


  • Our Five Finger rules keep us safe and happy
    • We listen to each other
    • We are polite to everyone
    • We always try our best
    • We are kind
    • We look after our environment


Here is an overview of the coming term and what we have planned for your children to enjoy!



We loved showing you all we had been learning in Spring 1st half term at our showcase event

We really enjoyed our walk to Gedling Library in January

Look how much fun we had in September and October 2018!

We  use some dinosaur characters to help our children to think and talk about how they are learning, and what they need to do to be effective learners.

Characteristics of effective learning:

Be an



Picture 1

Our Achievosaurs help children become aware of the different ways we can learn and how they can use different learning styles to achieve. Giving children language to explain the skills they use when learning, and encouraging young minds to learn through mistakes and problem solving, is key to a growth mind-set.

Our routines

Our children arrive at FS1 or Nursery, coming in through the red and green gate at the top of the ramp and self-register. (Parents, you are welcome to bring your children across to our carpet area to self-register.) We do some welcoming  and finger gym activities and find out what the day has in store for us.


We then have some outdoor play time. We have teaching slots at 8.55, 11.15 and 11.30 which consist of Maths, Phonics, Story Time, Circle Time and PE.  Each teaching slot lasts around 15 minutes.


Milk and Fruit are accessed between 9.10 and 11.05, whenever children are ready.  In between the teaching slots, children play indoors and/or outdoors and access activities that support their development in the seven areas of learning either independently or in a focussed activity with an adult.  Adults observe and interact with children to assess what they are able to do, what their next steps need to be and to help them progress towards those next steps.


On Wednesdays and Fridays we have PE.  FS1 children don't need to bring a PE kit, but we are starting to practise taking off and putting on our own shoes and socks, when we work indoors in the hall.  Practicing this, and putting on and fastening our own coats at home, would be really useful.


We encourage our children to share books at home with an adult and reward them for doing this, when we have seen the completed reading diary each Monday, by moving them up our reading rainbow.


We use our sticker chart reward system to encourage our children to follow the rules to keep everyone happy and safe.  We use time out when children choose not to follow our rules.


We store all the data that we collect about children's achievements and progress electronically, and have now opened these up to you to see as we add new observations.  (Please see Tapestry activation letter below.) This is a joint home and school celebration of what your child has achieved. Please do support us by sending in some Magic Moments slips when it's appropriate to fill one in.  (Please see the Magic Moments board and box near the cloakroom.)

Our observations and assessments of your children - Tapestry

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Please fill in this contact form to register for FS1

Please provide your child's name, date of birth, address and your contact telephone number and we will put your child's name on the list for FS1. We will contact you the term before your child is 3 years old.