Foundation – Nursery

Foundation Stage Staff:

Mrs Layton

Miss Johnson

Miss Gordon


At Carrington Primary School, we have a Foundation Stage Unit where Nursery and Reception children play and work together. Children learn through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. These include some whole class (carpet time) and group activities as well as activities that have been set up for children to complete independently. The learning environment is arranged in zones that include a mark-making area, a workshop and a Maths area. However, children can move resources from one area to another in order to complete activities. Throughout the day there are times when children have access to outdoor learning such as water play, sand play and building with large construction equipment.

Our Curriculum

Work from 2021-2022


We read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Superworm’. We went on a minibeast hunt in the school garden. We found woodlice, beetles, spiders, slugs and snails. We drew pictures of minibeasts and we made clay models. We watched our caterpillars grow, change into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. We released them in the garden.

On the Farm

First we read ‘The Little Red Hen’. We explored wheat grain and had a go at grinding it using a pestle and mortar. Then we kneaded bread dough and left our bread to cook in the oven. We all tried the bread – it was delicious! Here are some photographs of us exploring the wheat grain:

Next we read ‘The Enormous Turnip’. We learnt that vegetables grow in the ground and we planted our own lettuce seeds. First we filled the pots with compost then we carefully sprinkled on the seeds. We covered the seeds with more compost and watered them.

Please click on the links below to find out more about how children learn in the Foundation Stage

Some useful links for home learning:

A guide to how to say the letter sounds:

Online Phonics and Maths games: 

For educational apps to use with your children at home, go to:

Online guided yoga through stories:

Craft ideas and other activities: