Foundation Stage 


Welcome to Anlaby Foundation Stage.  We work as a unit and cater for a maximum of 60 children divided between 2 classes. Our classes are named Inkpen and Rosen after two extremely popular young children’s authors.


Our aim in Foundation Stage is to provide an exciting learning environment where children are secure, happy, active and able to learn by following their own interests. Our foundation area has two large classrooms and an outdoor area, each is arranged into areas of learning. For much of the day children can explore these areas, supported by adults who extend their learning.

We like to take every opportunity to learn outdoors. Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that would not be practical inside.  It also gives children who prefer to be outdoors different ways to practise skills that have initially been introduced in the classroom. We have a new all-weather play surface which allows the children to use the outdoors more extensively in bad weather. We also have a grassed area which has room for den building, a wildlife area, a mud kitchen and a magical fairy garden.


Who’s Who?

Mrs Oliver – Foundation Stage Leader

Inkpen Class – Mrs Oliver

Rosen Class – Mrs Britton/Miss Hopps

Mrs Gibson – Nursery Nurse

Miss Rudkin – Nursery Teacher

Mrs Harrington - Nursery Teaching Assistant

Miss Stanley - Teaching Assistant

Miss Gillyon - Teaching Assistant


What we will be Learning this year


Autumn 1 – All About Me

During this topic we will finding out about ourselves and our new class. We will focus on friendships and working together as a team.  We will use the X Factor area to showcase our talents, as well as learning how to play a variety of percussion instruments.


Autumn 2 – Why do Squirrels hide their Nuts

In this topic we will be exploring seasonal changes in the natural world during Autumn and Winter.  We begin the topic with visits to our school field to investigate the trees, leaves, habitats and environment. We will be using objects from the natural environment in our work and continuous provision. The children will have lots of opportunities to create their own art work through colour mixing, printing and drawing.




We follow the Read, Write, Inc Programme to introduce phonics and reading in the early years. The children learn how to blend and segment words, and we use this to apply their skills to RWI Ditty Books. We always deliver a workshop on early reading skills to parents in the Autumn term.



Maths is taught through focused short sessions, and activities.  The children also investigate number and shape, space and measure through our continuous provision, both inside and outside.


We update our Foundation blog weekly and it has lots of photos and information about everyday life in our unit. This has proved very popular with parents and at time of writing has received 80,809 views since we started it in March 2015. Please remember to check for updates and add any comments that you would like. We love your feedback on the photos we share.

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We pride ourselves on having a very strong, experienced teaching team in Foundation Stage. We are always available to talk to parents after school, by telephone, or by appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.