At Norton Community Primary School, our Foundation Stage Unit has a warm, vibrant atmosphere where purposeful learning takes place. The teaching and support staff are enthusiastic, hard-working and caring. We aim to provide a quality education for your child and hope that you will work in partnership with us towards this.
At Norton we strongly believe that children in the Foundation Stage learn best through first hand experience and structured play activities. Through supporting, challenging and extending children's play we strive to help each child achieve their greatest potential.
Our Foundation Unit consists of one large free flowing space for Foundation One and three separate classrooms for Foundation Two. In both the Foundation One Unit and the Foundation Two classes, we provide a variety of fun and stimulating activities linked to the EYFS framework. We have two outdoor areas, one with a sheltered area, so play and learning can flow seamlessly from the indoors to outside. Both Foundation One and Foundation Two have their own toilet facilities and cloakroom areas.
We have our own snack areas where children are encouraged to have a drink of milk or water and choose a piece of fruit to eat. We encourage the children to be part of the larger school by using the large playing field, the adventure playground, the halls and the school library. We also join in with whole school events such as Children in Need, Book Week and history/themed days.
Read on for more information about each of our learning areas.
Our role play areas reflect our themes throughout the school year. Watch them transform!
Space for painting, craft activities and modelling.
space to experience modelling with playdough or investigating textured materials like salt, rice, sawdust, compost and slime!
Construction and small world play!
On-going opportunities to independently explore mark making, drawing, creative cutting and sticking alongside writing and reading activities with adult support.
Where children can share a range of stories and information books and enjoy using the story phones to listen to stories.
There are several computing areas within the two Foundation spaces. Children have free access to computers and devices where they explore a range of curriculum based games helping to promote keyboard and mouse skills. When required, laptop computers and iPads are also available.
There are many opportunities to play number games and explore mathematical equipment in all areas of the FSU.
Here children can enjoy the physical freedom of a large, secure outdoor area where they can indulge in imaginative role play, use a variety of wheeled toys and large construction sets as well as play with sand and water.
We aim for our outdoor activities to reflect all areas of the curriculum mirroring our indoor classrooms. The children are able to make choices for independent play either inside or out and move freely between the areas. It is in use at all times of the year and children can play outdoors even in the rain under our covered area. We have wet weather clothes and umbrellas for all sizes – adults included!