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  Welcome to Foundation Stage at Carlton

We have three classes in Foundation Stage and if you click on the pages at the side you can look at what we have been up to!

Our classes are:

Champion Class (Nursery) - Class teacher: Mrs Walton

Royal Class (Reception) - Class teacher: Miss Radley

Supreme Class (Reception) - Class teacher: Miss Ryder

We have support across the unit from Mrs Toulson, Mrs Howard and Mrs Meachin.

Please check out our parent information page for more guidance and information regarding the phase.


 In the Foundation Stage we have lots of fun; learning through play.

Both in the classrooms and in our outdoor classroom we have a variety of areas of provision so that all the children can access different resources to develop their skills.

Things that your child needs for school

Upper Foundation (Royal and Supreme)

  • A Carlton Primary School book bag
  • A clear, named water bottle with unflavoured water in (no juice)
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing (named coat, a warm hat for winter and a sun hat for summer)
  • Named PE kit (black shorts, white t-shirt, pumps) they will come into school in their PE kits on Friday's instead of their school uniform.

Lower Foundation (Champion)

  • A Carlton Primary School book bag
  • A clear, named water bottle with unflavoured water in (no juice)
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing (named coat, a warm hat for winter and a sun hat for summer)


The Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum comprises of 7 areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These 3 prime areas are:

Communication and Language

Giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

Providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

We also support children in 4 specific areas, through which the 3 prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:


Encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.


Opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive Arts and Design

Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology

Staff will ensure there is a balance between child led activities and adult led or guided activities. Children's learning takes place both indoors and outdoors, through play, exploration and creative thinking. As children grow older, and as their development allows, there will be a gradual shift towards more activities led by adults. This will help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.

When planning and supporting children’s activities, our staff will reflect on the different ways that children learn. These characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
  • Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.