Foundation Stage Leader welcome

Welcome to The Foundation Stage!

At St Teresa’s, our Foundation Stage provides a stimulating, home from home environment for children age 3 – 5 years. 

We offer a safe, secure and exciting environment where children learn and grow through play.  Our children make friends and become confident as they explore, learn, and have fun.

We have two classes in The Foundation stage; Tamar 1 and Tamar 2, which are used purely as a base for registration purposes. Outside of these times, the children merge and have full access to all areas within the unit.

Each Day, our children are given the opportunity to learn, through play-based activities, both indoors and outdoors. Alongside these child-initiated activities, we have a variety of teaching inputs throughout the week. These include two Maths sessions, two Literacy sessions, two RE sessions and a PSHE / RSE session. Each input is conducted in small groups pitched towards each individual child’s stage of learning. To further develop their understanding and work towards their next steps, each input is followed by an adult led activity.

The teaching of synthetic phonics is very important to us as this directly the so every child takes part in a daily phonics sessions and we read with the children regularly throughout the week.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven key areas of learning.

These are:

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

We ensure that opportunities to explore key skills within these seven areas are provided through an enabling, exciting, and supportive environment.

During their time at Pre-School we record the children’s achievements through an electronic ‘Learning Journey’, which is a working document that records their development. Parents and carers are welcome to contribute to this at any time by sharing ‘Wow Moments’ with us, or letting us know of any special achievements your child has made outside of school. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our St Teresa’s family! 

Mrs Finnegan

Foundation Stage Leader 

Mrs Paris Finnegan

Foundation Stage Leader