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Welcome to Foundation


At Abbey we know that children in the Foundation Stage learn through play. The children in our Nursery and Reception Classes are provided with an exciting range of opportunities to explore, investigate and learn each and every day.


The above documents are the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum that we are following in Nursery and Reception. 

We use this to plan our learning and assess the children. 

All children are expected to reach the Early Learning Goal by the end of their Reception year. 



Here in Owl Nursery we follow a curiosity approach. 

We aim to ensure the children use their imagination and creativity through their play. 

We encourage kindness, friendship and lots of learning across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

Remembrance day

The children held a silence and created some beautiful poppy art work as part of our Remembrance day learning. 


The children enjoyed creating Diva lamps as part of our Diwali learning. 

Children in need day

The children raised money for Children in Need by coming into Nursery in the pjs! 

We enjoyed making playdough spotty Pudsey bears. 



The children have been enjoying Christmas activities. This week we have decorated felt trees using loose parts, put up and decorated the tree, explored Christmas ornaments and painted pictures of the ponsetta. 

Winter topic

We enjoyed learning all about Winter. 

We read Winter stories such as 'The Snowman' and 'Kipper's Snowy day'.

We wrapped up warm and went on a Winter walk on the field.

We made ice, explored it and watched how it melted in the warm classroom. 

We all shared our snowy day photos from home  too smiley

Healthy food

We read Oliver's vegetables and talked about how vegetables are healthy for us. 

The children then explored lots of different vegetables using all of their senses. 

We even made some yummy vegetable soup! smiley

Spring and New Life topic

We have loved our Spring topic. 

We planted some pretty flowers in our garden, sprinkled cress seeds and created a bug hotel.

The children completed some beautiful observational paintings of daffodils. 

We even had some caterpillars which we are watching closely as they transform into butterflies smiley

We enjoyed our living eggs experience!

We watched the eggs hatch and then took care of our chicks! We cleaned them out and gave them water and food every day. 

Our seaside topic

The children enjoyed playing with the under the sea small world and creating pictures with the under the sea loose parts smiley


The children in Reception have all settled in so well and have had a fantastic first term! They have made new friends, explored the different areas of learning both indoors and out and have worked independently, in small groups and as a whole class.

Our first half term's topic was called Magnificent Me! We did lots of work celebrating what makes us special and unique! :-)

Here is a selection of photos to show the fun we had :-)

We have learnt lots about Autumn through Autumn walks, looking at collections of Autumn objects and making our own pictures using them, listening to Autumn stories and learning Autumn songs.
Celebrations of Light
During our Celebrations of Light topic this half term we have enjoyed learning about Bonfire Night, Diwali, Light and Dark and our key book has been Can't you sleep Little Bear?
Bonfire Night
We loved doing our own firework art work :-)
We enjoyed learning all about Diwali including listening to and acting out the story of Rama and Sita and making our own diva lamps.
Light and Dark
We have loved making our own shadow puppets :-)
Can't You Sleep Little Bear
In our Reading Enrichment session we thought of words to describe Little Bear and Big Bear and have had a go and doing some writing about them. We have also enjoyed acting out the story.

Spring Term One


We started the year with a topic about Winter. We enjoyed the story One Snowy Night about Percy the Park keeper. We looked for signs of Winter and compared them with the other seasons. We learnt about how we and animals keep warm in the Winter. We enjoyed doing some snowman collages and ice painting. We were then lucky enough to have some snowy days where we could properly experience Winter! 

Once upon a time

The children have loved learning about Traditional Tales and Fairy Stories. We have focussed on the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella and The Gingerbread Man.

The children have listened to, re-told and acted out the stories using puppets and props. They have done artwork and writing about the different characters. They have built bridges and drawn maps. They have enjoyed making cakes like Little Red Riding Hood took to Granny and enjoyed making and eating gingerbread men!  

Online links across all areas of the Foundation Curriculum to support learning at home

Supporting your child's reading and writing development

Games and videos to support your child's learning