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About the Foundation Unit

The Foundation Unit is a mixed class of F1 (Nursery) and F2 (Reception) children.  Research shows that having different ages of children  working together is beneficial for all.  We also find it enables us to work more collaboratively as a staff team.  We have a high ratio of staff to children which enables us to ensure the children make the best possible progress and are supported in all aspects of their development.

We have excellent inside and outside provision and run courses for the Local Authority to share our practice with other schools.  

We work closely with Sure Start to support families and also offer join Forest School sessions on site for parents and younger children.

The Learning Environment

We offer a wide range of exciting and challenging facilities and resources inside and outdoors. Real, first hand experiences are engaging and motivating for young children and this is how they learn best.

We came runners up in the national ‘Communication Friendly Spaces’ award. This was for developing a learning environment that is not over stimulating (too many bright colours) and offers spaces for children that support their emotional security and communication and language skills. 

Outdoor Learning

The large, natural outdoor learning environment is upgraded with a £10000 donation from the lottery.  It features a beach, mud kitchen, forest, climbing equipment, cosy cave, growing beds, water wall, sheltered area and two rabbits! Outdoor clothing and wellies are available for all weather learning. When the children are outside they are learning just as much as inside and this is an important teaching time.

Nottingham Post Article – September 2014

The Curriculum

The curriculum is drawn from the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters.  We use the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (see link) to support us in planning for how the children learn.  This involves an approach where children are learning through carefully planned play experiences and real life experiences such as cooking.


All children have an assessment made when they start F1 or F2.  This helps us to know what each child needs to do next.  Assessments are made using informal observations of the children.  Where children need extra support in an area, we identify this and they will take part in extra group or individual work. We track the children’s progress very carefully using the ‘Development Matters’ guidance and records of progress will be in your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ folder.


Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum –

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