Foundation Stage

Hello and welcome to the Foundation Stage page!


In FSA your teacher is Miss Hoey and your TA is Mrs Peters.

IN FSJ your teacher is Mrs Cahill and your TA is Mrs Foley.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is very different to that of the rest of the school. We focus the seven areas of learning through a play based approach.

The seven areas are:

•Communication and Language

•Personal, Social and Emotional Development

•Physical Development



•Understanding the World

•Expressive Arts and Design

A typical day in our setting looks like this:

•Working from children’s interests we create purposeful and meaningful experiences in our classrooms and our outdoor area

•A daily phonics lesson, as well as literacy and maths input is given, but the focus is on developing the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills through their play and experiences

•The team work together to plan and deliver sessions that take into account every child’s needs and interests.

To share and showcase your child's learning journey in school and at home, we use an app called Tapestry. This will be through pictures, videos and written comments and it will build into a full learning journey which you can download at the end of the school year. 

A typical day in Foundation Stage will eventually look like this: 

In line with current DFE guidelines, pupils will be asked to sanitise or wash their hands when they enter school and frequently throughout the school day.

8:40 Drop off at the KS1 gates via Russell Road

9:00 Phonics 

9.30-10.15 Child initiated choosing time

10.15-10.25 Fruit and milk 

10.25 -10.45 Playtime

10-45-11.00 Learning input

11.00-11.45 Child initiated choosing time

11.45-1.15 Lunchtime

1.15-1.30 Learning input

1.30-2.30 Child initiated choosing time

2.30-3.00 Gross motor skills provision 

3.00-3.15 Story time 

3.15 Dismissal 


PE lessons will be on a Tuesday morning, but the children do not need PE kit at this time. 

We kindly ask that all items of clothing are clearly named before coming into school, as little ones don't always know where they have put things or what belongs to them. 


We look forward to working alongside you all throughout your child's first year at Sacred Heart! 


Slides from the FS Curriculum meeting 20 October can be found here 

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