Foundation Stage 2020 - 2021

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Mrs McDermott

I am the Foundation Stage Manager and I have been working at Lyme in the Foundation Stage for 10 years.
I love working with the younger children as each day is different.
I have a daughter called Lucy and a dog called Oscar. I enjoy reading and visiting different places.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS at Lyme Community Primary School, we follow a child led approach to play based learning with the belief that each child develops at his or her own pace. The teachers and teaching assistants support and develop your child in their learning, focussing upon your child's interests rather than an adult formulated plan. Play is a child's work, and we make no distinction between the two, therefore you will probably hear from your child that they play all day, however this is where the learning takes place.

Each day, the adults in the classroom will join the children in their learning, whether that's in the sand pit, the book corner, the creative area or somewhere else. They will observe what an individual child or group of children is doing and will help develop their knowledge and understanding by asking them questions, providing information, or demonstrating a skill. This quick 'in the moment' planning and teaching means that the new knowledge or skill is immediately useful and meaningful to your child, and is therefore more likely to be retained and used independently in the future. It also means that your child is taught new skills and information at the right level for them.

To maximise learning opportunities, the children have daily access to both an indoor and outdoor classroom, and are encouraged to make their own choices. We have many different areas and activities always available which include (but are not limited to):

  • role play
  • blocks and construction
  • arts and crafts, including painting, drawing, junk modelling
  • playdough
  • small world
  • sand
  • water
  • music
  • movement
  • ICT and technology
  • a mud kitchen
  • gardening
  • climbing
  • cooking (upon request)

Reading, writing and mathematics are seen frequently across all areas and activities.

Reception children will also have 15 minutes a day of formal phonics teaching but phonological awareness and development are encouraged at all times.

We come together in our key groups once a day for nursery and twice a day in reception to sing songs, read stories, share our learning and hear about special items children have brought in from home.

A useful source of information

What to expect when ?

A booklet about your child’s development from the ages of birth to 5.

Available to download for free from:

It includes information on how to support your child’s learning and development

Files to Download

Lyme Community Primary, Lyme St, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9HD