Foundation Stage


Foundation at Heronshaw consists of three classes - Bears, Lions and Crocodiles. The classes are of mixed ability with a maximum of 30 children in each. Foundation is supported by a team of highly skilled teaching assistants.

Our Foundation area has three classrooms, a shared area, a garden area for quiet learning and an outdoor area for active learning. We also have a mud kitchen for creative and messy exploration.

Our children come from a variety of pre-schools, nurseries and other day care providers. The experiences that children have before joining us here at Heronshaw are all very different, however we strongly believe that this diversity is a strength.


Information will be updated on this page throughout the year. For more information you can also read the newsletters here.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The first chapter of your child’s education at school begins here and includes children aged between 4-5 years. During this year of the Foundation Stage, a carefully integrated programme of learning is provided which covers seven key areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In this area, we help children to:

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


Communication and Language

This vital area of development focuses on providing the children with a rich tapestry of learning experiences that develop their language abilities, confidence and skills. For children, developing language is all about having the confidence to try and express themselves along with the patience to listen to others in a wide range of different situations.


Physical Development

Staff provide all sorts of exciting opportunities for the children to be active, interactive and energetic. Healthy choices in relation to food and the importance of lifelong physical activity as part of a person’s all-round well-being are also taught.



This area is planned to encourage and support children to link sounds and letters together whilst acknowledging that all children develop at their own pace. Children have opportunities to develop their skills in reading and writing.



Children enjoy solving problems and the learning we invite them to take part in within mathematics provides all sorts of stimulating opportunities to develop and improve their thinking and reasoning skills.


Understanding the World

Opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment is a key aspect of learning in this area.


Expressive Arts and Design

This area of the curriculum provides children with opportunities to share ideas, thoughts and feelings through exciting activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.