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Welcome to Foundation Stage at Carlton!


Each week we will upload a different bedtime story read by our FS Team! We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

This week it is Mrs Tams reading The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.






Friday the 8th May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe day. The whole nation will be coming together to celebrate the occasion, from a safe distance of course!

Here are a selection of activities (attached at the bottom of this page) that you could do as a family to mark the occasion. Please see the links below for more VE day information or for some ideas on creating your bunting.

We hope you have a fabulous long bank holiday weekend. 

Miss Radley, Miss Rose and Miss Fletcher


These daily phonics sessions on Read Write Inc are brilliant to keep your children learning new sounds they would be learning in school and to continue with their phonics at home! We would highly recommend taking part in these:

Parents/Carers of children in Foundation Stage. We have set up an email address for each class individually so that you can contact your child's class teacher directly if you need to. Emails will be answered within normal school day hours. These can be used for submitting your children's work if you are having any issues with Evidence Me, any queries you wish to ask the teacher or if you need any extra support and advice. If you are able to use Evidence Me for submitting lovely work please continue to use this as your first choice. The email addresses are as follows:, Thank you for your continued support 🙂 The Foundation Stage Team 

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

We have 2 Upper Foundation/Reception classes:

Supreme Class with Miss Fletcher and Royal Class with Miss Radley

We have 1 Lower Foundation/Nursery class:

Champion Class with Miss Rose

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.



Please find below an outline of activities that can be completed during the closure of school.

Parents have been emailed 2 home learning menus on 17.03.2020. This is one per week and is full of activities to do with your children at home. If your child is in school on this day they will also come home with a paper copy and they are attached in the home learning section on this web page for you to access.

If your child is in Reception they will also come home with a blue diary if they are in school on this day. Please use this to practise writing sentences each day.

Children have access to Bug Club that staff will be monitoring closely.


Free twinkl account for parents with activities and resources to support Home Learning.

We have also provided a comprehensive list of free educational apps below. 

Please keep checking your child's class page for learning updates! 


Follow the link to a 5 minute work out with the Body Coach. We challenge you all to start your day everyday with one of these.


Easypeasy has been extended until June, so keep checking and completing the weekly activities set from them! For those parents that signed up to this, we would love to see the children completing these, so please share on twitter or Evidence Me :)!  If you didn't sign up at the time and would like to now - please contact us on


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
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing (named coat, a warm hat for winter and a sun hat for summer)
  • Named PE kit in a drawstring bag (black shorts, white t-shirt, pumps)

Lower Foundation (Champion Class)

  • A Carlton Primary School book bag
  • A clear, named water bottle with unflavoured water in
  • 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.