Foundation – Reception

Foundation Stage Staff:

Mrs Layton

Miss Johnson

Miss Gordon

At Carrington Primary School, we have a Foundation Stage Unit where Reception and Nursery children play and work together. Children learn through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. These include whole class (carpet time) and group activities as well as challenges that have been set for children to complete independently. The learning environment is arranged in zones that include a writing 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, including 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.


Reading Books

Children read with a member of staff least once every week. We change children’s reading books once a week or when they can read the book independently. Children need to bring their reading book and diary with them every day as we read throughout the week. It is important that children re-read books as this helps to develop fluency.

Click on the link below to find out how you can help your child with reading:

Online learning links:

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


Guided Yoga through stories:

This site is aimed at children who are visually impaired but it has some great ideas for using household objects to teach Maths: